Looking at history, the European and Asian brands have dominated the entry-level luxury sedan market for a long time, but Lincoln has made more efforts to make the MKZ more attractive. Make a significant makeover in 2017 and continue to make small changes and updates. The 2019 Lincoln MKZ has many standard features, so there are a number of attractions that can be found here considering rivals are usually more expensive. The powerful turbocharged V6 engine and MKZ hybrid are also appealing, as well as its easy-to-use infotainment system.
There are some drawbacks, though. The interior is a bit small for the vehicle of its exterior size, and some of the materials used are poor in quality. The base four-cylinder engine’s performance is also underwhelming. But overall, the 2019 Lincoln MKZ is worth checking if you want a car that is not the typical Japanese or European luxury sedan.
The 2019 Lincoln MKZ is offered with a choice of three powertrains. The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with a push-button gear shift and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available as an option. The Reserve II models can also be had with a new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. This engine will appeal to driving enthusiasts with its 350 hp and 400 lb-ft with front-wheel drive. Opt for all-wheel drive and output jumps to 400 hp.
The 2019 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard, as is front-wheel drive. Total system power is 188 hp.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
245 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
275 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 7.4 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 21.6 sec
Standing 1/4-mile: 15.8 sec @ 88 mph
Top speed: 135 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 mpg (FWD), 20/28 mpg (AWD)
2.0-liter inline-4 and permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (hybrid)
188 net hybrid system horsepower
129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline)
Zero to 60 mph: 9.4 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 25.3 sec
Standing 1/4-mile: 17.2 sec @ 83 mph
Top speed: 109 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 41/38 mpg
3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6
400 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm (AWD)
350 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm (FWD)
400 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 4.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.0 sec
Standing 1/4-mile: 13.4 sec @ 105 mph
Top speed: 150 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg (FWD), 17/26 mpg (AWD)
The cabin of the 2019 Lincoln MKZ is all about the seamless integration of luxury and technology. In terms of luxury, the upper trim levels have a posh look and feel, and the available Reserve II models raise the bar with premium leather upholstery with unique stitching and genuine wood trim.
The front seats offer good comfort, especially the optional multi-contour versions with their infinite adjustment possibilities. The sloping rear roofline means limited headroom for tall rear-seat passengers, but the legroom in back is quite generous.
As far as technology goes, the interior can be fitted out with low-profile but highly useful features, including the adaptive cruise control that can be used even in stop-and-go traffic and the handy Sync voice-control system. Interestingly, one of the best details is Lincoln’s decision to replace the MKZ’s previous touch-sensitive audio system controls with more old-fashioned climate, volume and tuning knobs. The Sync 3 interface is also an improvement. It is more responsive to inputs, and its large virtual buttons are easier to press accurately than the old system’s tiny boxes and bars. The optional navigation system offers pinch-to-zoom and swiping motions, effectively mimicking a smartphone interface.
At 15.4 cubic feet, the 2019 Lincoln MKZ trunk is good-sized and is made more practical thanks to the standard 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks. Hybrid models make do with a smaller 11.1-cubic-foot trunk because of the gasoline/electric powertrain’s large battery pack.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Lincoln MKZ is an entry-level midsize luxury sedan offered in three trim levels base, Reserve I, Reserve II. The base MKZ is well-equipped, but with the Reserve I you’ll get additional interior and tech options. Reserve II increases luxury features and technology even further.
The base MKZ model comes with features such as 18-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, adaptive xenon headlights, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with heating, driver-seat memory settings, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat with pass-through.
Tech features include windshield wiper de-icer and automatic wipers, Lincoln’s Sync 3 infotainment interface, an 8-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and an 11-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, two USB ports and Lincoln’s Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assist functions that include front collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams.
The MKZ Reserve I model gets you power-folding mirrors, leather upholstery, genuine wood trim, a power-adjustable steering wheel, enhanced interior ambient lighting, a power trunklid, a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, a 110-volt household-style power outlet and two rear-seat USB charging ports.
The Reserve II trim adds 19-inch wheels, ventilated and massaging front seats, an active park assist system, a power sunroof and a power rear window sunshade, and a 14-speaker Revel audio system with HD radio capability. Optional for the Reserve II trim is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine.
The Reserve I model can be had with a Reserve Plus package that contains 19-inch wheels, the Revel Ultima audio system with 14 speakers and HD radio, heated rear seats and steering wheel, and a power sunroof. For the Reserve II trim, the MKZ Luxury package add a retractable panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, and a 20-speaker Revel Ultima audio system.
MSRP (include a $995 destination charge)
Reserve II V6
Hybrid Reserve I
Hybrid Reserve II