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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
The seats are supportive without being too stiff or soft
Rear-seat space is surprisingly generous
Kelley Blue Book
style and quality pale in comparison to those of other entry-level luxury cars
The 2008 Lincoln MKZ sports a cabin with better room than expected, but some interior trim isn’t in the Lexus league.
AutoWeek notes that "Lincoln MKZ seats are supportive without being too stiff or soft," while "six-footers get ample headroom and legroom" according to ConsumerGuide, which adds that "seats are a rewarding blend of soft padding and comfortable backrest contours." Most impressive to TheCarConnection.com’s team of auto experts is the backseat; Kelley Blue Book reports "rear-seat space is surprisingly generous, with more than three feet (!) of legroom."
The Lincoln MKZ doesn't skimp on storage space, either. Cars.com reports "the 60/40-split rear seats fold to provide access to the 15.8-cubic-foot trunk." It's not all perfect, however; ConsumerGuide says "the MKZ Lincoln cargo area is useful in shape and volume," but is "ill suited to tall boxes and lined with cheap-feeling material." Nonetheless, Kelley Blue Book calls the Lincoln MKZ trunk "best in class."
The use of real wood inside the MKZ impresses some reviewers, but abundant silver-finished plastic turns others off. ConsumerGuide says "the interior is let down by unconvincing plastics designed to look like metal...other MKZ Lincoln cabin materials disappoint as well, trailing premium competitors in richness." Edmunds contends, though, that “interior materials are high in quality and come in either dark or light color schemes. Dash and door panels are adorned with genuine wood and available nickel satin accents.” Motor Trend points out “plastic bits are somewhat low rent,” but adds “it's a pleasant place to live and ride.”
Noise is no problem, however; according to ConsumerGuide, Lincoln MKZ tires "are heard only on the coarsest surfaces. The engine has a pleasant hum while cruising but has a slightly ragged growl in rapid acceleration."
Those who are nostalgic for the "good old days" of super-sized American luxury cars will find something to like about the 2008 Lincoln MKZ.