2017 Lincoln MKZ review with video

2017 Lincoln MKZBase price: $41,250 + taxes
As tested: $68,000 + taxes
Average fuel economy over our week of testing: 9.1 L/100 kms (26 MPG) (in the new 3.0-L engine)
Competition: Acura RLX, Buick Lacrosse, Cadillac XTS, Lexus ES 350, etc.


The basics:

In an effort to drum up more interest from young buyers, Lincoln underwent a big sea change in its line about a decade ago now. And a big part of that push was the arrival of its mid-sized luxury sedan, the MKZ. It’s now in its second generation and has undergone a refresh for 2017. The platform is the same, shared with the Ford Fusion, but new bolder exterior looks, a tweaked interior and a new engine choice are among the changes for this year. Say goodbye to the old 3.7-litre optional engine and hello to a monstrously fun 3.0-litre twin turbo. Whoa! This engine was in our tester and this was one big surprise. We spooled it up and drove out to Revelstoke, BC for a long weekend away, encountering heavy rain and snow along the way, and here’s the takeaway. Check-out our video review about for a full run down and then read our bullet points below for a rapid fire list of pros and cons.

Pros:2017 Lincoln MKZ

The three engine options available in the MKZ give shoppers a good spread between a more efficient 2.0-L gasoline turbo, a sportier (but thirstier) 3.0-L twin turbo and an efficient hybrid model
The 400 horsepower twin turbo in our tester was electrifying and this car cornered beautifully thanks to continuously controlled damping which offered sporty yet comfortable handling
And while Lincoln suggests that we should see 9.2-14 L/100 kms out of this engine, our week of driving (often in the snow or with a bit of a lead foot) saw an average of 9.1 L/100 kms (26 MPG)
Standard equipment is solid and includes all wheel drive (although not available on the hybrid model), heated front seats, high quality leather seating surfaces, adaptive headlights, push button start, push button dashbaord shifter with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, reverse sensing sonar, a back-up camera and auto-fold side mirrors
The MKZ also comes standard with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system which is a huge improvement over the laggy previous generation and now includes Android Auto and Apple Car Play
The seats in both the first and second row are very comfortable and supportive – even on our long road trip
Road noise in our decibel reader test was an excellent 60 dB at 100 kms/h

Cons:2017 Lincoln MKZ

There are a lot of amazing options available to you in the MKZ but they’re also expensive. For example, the top shelf Revel Ultimate sound system is part of the Luxury Package which costs $5,500. The massive full retractable roof (the largest among luxury sedans) is a $3,450 option. And the sporty 3.0-L engine in our tester costs an extra $4,500. All this means the price climbs quickly. Our tester costs over $25,000 on top of the base MKZ
While the sleek roofline looks cool, head room is tight for people over six feet tall in both the first and second row
Second row legroom is also not as good as in many other mid-sized luxury sedans, like the Lexus ES 350 we tested last year
And visibility out of the back window isn’t ideal either. It would be nice to see a rear wiper for really wet days and the massive sunroof, when fully retracted, blocks some of your view out of the rear window too
While the trunk space is a respectable 436 litres, there are areas in the trunk blocked by what I think are structural bracing for the frame and make larger items difficult to store
The Lane Keep Assist feature (part of the $2,450 technology package) is not as refined as many of the competitors. Rather than keeping you nicely centred in the middle of the painted lanes on the road, the system often ping pongs you back and forth between the lines. This is a similar complaint for us with many Ford and Lincoln products with this feature on board

Family Wheels report card:

Family Wheels driver comfort score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 4/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels performance score: 4.5/5 (3.0-L engine)
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 3/5
Family Wheels trunk test score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 3.5/5 (3.0-L engine)
Family Wheels build quality score: 4/5
Family Wheels value score: 3.5/5

Family Wheels overall score: 39/50= 78%

One comment

  • Mr. Pushrod

    I test drove many vehicles. When it came down to it I liked the interior, ride and comfort better in the MKZ. And for $55k it is hard to find a creamy smooth 400HP engine.
    The other midsized luxury vehicles felt inferior. As if the Lincoln had a higher-end quality interior. Multicontour seats well thought out, leather and padded surfaces felt soft and supple. It feels like the Lincoln brand is trying harder since they have to thwart off the sport of American brand bashing that is constantly read in publications such as Consumer Reports. Furthermore, I test drove and ordered a MKZ with the Drivers Package that has dynamic torque vectoring which intelligently applies power to the rear wheels when driving aggressively. With the package on a test ride (not pushing to limits) I did not feel any torque steer or that much understeer typically associated with FWD and some AWD vehicles. And to boot in my opinion the road isolation & ride felt better in the Lincoln than a Caddy, Mercedes or BMW. Looking for true compromise, I passed on the summer only tires this time around. So if there is some impact from having AWD vs RWD it will most likely only be noticed at the track or by very aggressive drivers. That said 99.999999% of the audience buying these vehicles today are not going to the race track. They are looking for stable good grip on a variety of road conditions along with easy control and sure footed steering feel. That’s what the average Joe wants behind the wheel and Lincoln delivers. The AWD with torque vectoring does its job and keeps torque steer under control and steering feel is precise; easy to thread the car through a needle. BTW, I am not an ignorant just looking to be the expert and to hear myself speak. I know the difference between the Lincoln and a true sport sedan and opted for the Lincoln. My other vehicles are; a Corvette, Pontiac G8 GT (RWD 6 liter), F150 and Road Glide. The only cons besides the Lincoln name: scant rear head room, smaller rear seat than some, and weight distribution with AWD (not 50-50% front and rear like a RWD sedan). One more comment. Consumer Reports issue with the push button gear selector is really a joke. Anyone that is off the baby bottle will not mind the change. I actually think it makes a lot of sense to free up the console. Hope other brands do the same. A common solution amongst brands through committee would be best

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