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The Lincoln MKZ is an mid-luxury, mid-sized four-door sedan sold since 2006. As a spin-off of the Ford Fusion, the Lincoln MKZ received its most dramatic redesign for the 2013 model year. The MKZ is a rival for sedans like the Acura TLX, Lexus ES, Buick LaCrosse, and the Volvo S60. MORE: Read our 2015 Lincoln MKZ review, and shop for a used Lincoln MKZ With the MKZ, Lincoln has its first true... Read More Below »
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The Lincoln MKZ is an mid-luxury, mid-sized four-door sedan sold since 2006. As a spin-off of the Ford Fusion, the Lincoln MKZ received its most dramatic redesign for the 2013 model year.

The MKZ is a rival for sedans like the Acura TLX, Lexus ES, Buick LaCrosse, and the Volvo S60.

MORE: Read our 2015 Lincoln MKZ review, and shop for a used Lincoln MKZ

With the MKZ, Lincoln has its first true rival for those entry-level luxury four-doors. It didn't quite start out that way, though. The MKZ was introduced in 2007, after essentially the same vehicle had already appeared for the 2006 model year as the Lincoln Zephyr--which had replaced the rear-drive Lincoln LS sedan in the luxury brand's portfolio.

The initial run of Lincoln Zephyr sedans brought a more upscale look to the Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan basics, though not much difference under the skin. The Zephyr shared those cars' 3.0-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission, though it didn't offer a four-cylinder version as did the less expensive kin. While about a third of its sheetmetal was shared with the other cars, the Zephyr's interior was unique and distinct, with a twin-binnacle style that brought back the themes that had distinguished Lincolns of the 1960s.

In the 2007-2009 model years, the same car became the MKZ. Lincoln had begun to adopt alphabetic names for nearly all its products, save for the Town Car and the Navigator. The intent was for the name to be pronounced "Mark Z," but Ford quickly gave up that semantic battle and let the Lincoln names flow like those from Cadillac. Some minor cosmetic tweaks accompanied an upgraded engine, now a 265-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6. The MKZ also gained an all-wheel-drive option in 2007.

In the 2010 model year, the MKZ got a much improved interior and improvements to its materials and sound quality. The excellent new interior and subtle changes elsewhere sharpened its luxury focus, but the MKZ still couldn't match European sport sedans like the BMW 3-Series and Benz C-Class for crisp driving responses. It still was more a luxury touring sedan along the lines of the Lexus ES 350 and Volvo S60 and Buick LaCrosse. The big back-seat room was an MKZ selling point, and so was the raft of interior goodies like Ford's SYNC entertainment controller and THX surround sound.

In the 2011 model year, the Lincoln MKZ added a Hybrid model to its lineup. Mechanically similar to the 2010 North American Car of the Year, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Lincoln gas-electric sedan posted fuel-economy numbers as high as 41 mpg, and allowed electric-only operation up to 47 mph. The sedan had gauges that helped teach efficient driving, using flowers as a clean-driving metaphor. It also offered standard SYNC and 10-way power front seats with heating and ventilation.

For the 2013 model year, the MKZ received a complete model change, adopting a new architecture that still shares running gear with the Ford Fusion, but distances itself even more strongly from that sedan with distinctive styling and features.

The new MKZ arrived in mid-2012 with a trio of powertrains that include a base 2.0-liter turbo four with 240 horsepower, offered with front- or all-wheel drive, good for up to 33 miles per gallon highway; a hybrid model that was rated initially at 45 mpg across the board; and a V-6 with 300 horsepower, front- or all-wheel drive, and gas mileage of up to 26 mpg highway. New features include a pushbutton transmission; updated MyLincoln Touch voice controls; and a retractable glass roof with a single, 15-square-foot panel, the largest in the industry.

Since its last major redesign, the MKZ has stayed much the same. One important note, however, pertains to the fuel-economy ratings of the MKZ Hybrid. While nothing changed mechanically on that model, Ford was forced to adjust its fuel-economy ratings from 45 mpg city/highway/combined to 38/37/38 mpg as a result of complaints from buyers who were unable to achieve the lofty numbers. Ford also adjusted the numbers for several other hybrid models at the time, citing errors in initial calculations, and offered cash payments to owners based on how much they'd driven their cars.

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2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Recalled For Transmission Flaw

Hot on the heels of yesterday's twin recalls of the 2013 Ford Escape, Ford Motor Company has issued a new recall for 2013 and 2014 models of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. According... read more November 27, 2013 by 


 
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2013 Lincoln MKZ Recalled For Electrical Shock Risk

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Priced From $36,800

Just a day after Lincoln released a configurator and estimated pricing on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ mid-size luxury sedan, prices are now official: the starting base price is... read more July 24, 2012 by  0


 
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AWD Specs $37,080 $35,226 N/A N/A
4-Door Sedan FWD (2)
4-Door Sedan FWD Specs $35,190 $33,431 22 33
Hybrid Specs $35,190 $33,431 N/A N/A
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