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 $36,800 (including $875 destination charges).
The big news is two-fold. First, the pricing is $175 less than that of the MKZ’s main competitor, the 2013 Lexus ES 350 (excluding $875 destination charges). The base price on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ is $35,925, while the 2013 Lexus ES 350 starts out at $36,100. Both have identical $875 destination charges. This results in a net base price of $36,800 for the Lincoln MKZ and $36,975 for the Lexus ES 350.
Second, there’s no price hike for consumers who choose the MKZ Hybrid, continuing a practice Ford has with the current MKZ.
Note that the starting base price on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ is $295 more than the 2012 model. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ will be in dealerships in late fall.
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2013 Lincoln MKZ available in four trims
Consumers can choose from the MKZ’s four tiered trim lines: Premiere, Select, Reserve and Preferred. The base Premiere includes push-button start, remote start, Active Noise Control, LED headlights, a 10.1-inch LED instrument panel, and an 8-inch touch-screen display. Two engine choices include the 240-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost or the 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6.
Moving up to the Select trim ($37,900, including destination charges) adds a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, HD radio, a wood steering wheel and more. Reserve ($39,950) builds includes all the features in the Select trim and adds blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert, a voice-recognition navigation system, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cooled seats, and a power decklid.
Top-of-the-line Preferred is available with single-panel moonroof (starting at $42,455) and Preferred with retractable panoramic roof (starting at $45,125). Each has all the Reserve features plus THX-II certified audio system, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a 110-vold powerpoint, premium floor mats, and 19-inch painted/polished wheels.
All 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedans offer inflatable outboard rear seat belts.