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2019 Lincoln MKZ Review: A Bootleg Luxury Sedan

by Gabe Beita Kiser

With a relatively fuel-efficient engine and a low starting price of $35,995, the Lincoln MKZ is appealing to those who want a luxury sports sedan, and the features that come with that, without breaking the bank. Even on the base model, you get modern infotainment features that are easy to access, and a host of driver-assistance features that inspire confidence when dealing with the hustle and bustle of city life. On top of all that, you get a large trunk and enough passenger space to seat a family of four comfortably. You may not get the same level of quality as you would in a Mercedes-Benz C-Class or BMW 3 Series, meaning the MKZ struggles to break into a truly premium status, but fortunately, Lincoln doesn't charge you fully premium prices, either. Lincoln has made great strides towards matching its European rivals, but it's still just a glorified Ford Fusion beneath all the exterior glitz and glam, and it has some way to go before it can justify the price tag on its uppermost trims. Hopefully, its impending redesign will see it bridge that gap while still sticking to its American roots and more affordable reputation.

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2019 Lincoln MKZ Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2018 MKZ?

For 2019, availability to the powerful turbocharged V6 engine has been restricted to the top-tier Reserve II trim. Also, the Co-Pilot360 safety suite is now standard across the range. This comprises forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane-keeping alert, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Pros and Cons

  • Affordable price tag
  • Potent optional V6
  • Excellent trunk space
  • Long list of standard features
  • Advanced safety features now made standard
  • Poor performance on the standard engine
  • Low-quality interior
  • Less passenger space than rivals
  • Less athletic than the 'sport sedan' nomenclature denotes

What's the Price of the 2019 Lincoln MKZ?

The Lincoln MKZ is remarkably affordable for a luxury sedan, but this shows in the vehicle's quality. The base-level MKZ will cost you as little as $35,995, while the Reserve I adds $3,000 in exchange for a fair number of additional features. Getting behind the wheel of the top-tier Reserve II will cost you more in the range of what a usual luxury sedan costs, with a starting MSRP of $44,995. These prices exclude tax, registration, licensing, and a destination fee of $995. Adding all-wheel-drive will see you pay a further $2,000.

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2019 Lincoln MKZ Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Hybrid Standard
2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid Reserve I
2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Reserve I
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Reserve II
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
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2019 MKZ Exterior

2019 Lincoln MKZ Front View Lincoln
2019 Lincoln MKZ Front View Driving Lincoln
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  • Length 194.1 in
  • Wheelbase 112.2 in
  • Height 58.2 in
  • Max Width 73.4 in
  • Front Width 62.3 in
  • Rear Width 62.0 in
  • Curb Weight 3,739.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Iced Mocha Metallic +$695
  • Crystal Copper Metallic Tinted Clearcoat +$695
  • Ceramic Pearl Metallic Tri-Coat +$695
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat +$695
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat +$695
  • Rhapsody Blue +$695
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Blue Diamond Metallic
  • Infinite Black Metallic
  • Ingot Silver Metallic

2019 MKZ Performance

2019 Lincoln MKZ Front View Driving 1 Lincoln
2019 Lincoln MKZ Rear Angle View Lincoln
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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid, 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0L Turbo V6
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Automatic, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Steering is as you'd expect from a luxury sedan, with little feel traveling from the tires to the steering wheel. However, the light steering is ideal for town driving, where the quick responses are appreciated. The steering can be shifted between Comfort and Sport modes to customize driver engagement, but given the relatively minimal change this makes, sticking to the more manageable Comfort mode is suggested. Braking is as responsive as the steering, although it feels more rewarding with a pedal that communicates better. This results in easily modulated and controlled braking around town, with enough stopping power to bring the sedan to a halt from 60 mph in just 113 ft.

Handling is pretty good for a luxury sedan, especially thanks to the adaptive suspension that comes standard across the range. Thus, it's not surprising that that the MKZ remains well-mannered and composed on the road, even through sharper corners. But it's still heavy for the segment, and with AWD and the V6 engine, it doesn't feel as sharp and nimble as some rivals. Despite the adaptive suspension, the MKZ can feel a bit stiff on the road. Some road imperfections travel through the chassis too easily, and equipping the larger 19-inch wheels only makes this worse.

2019 MKZ Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 44.3 in
  • Front Head Room 37.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.5 in

2019 MKZ Trunk and Cargo Space

2019 Lincoln MKZ Rear Passenger Seats Lincoln
2019 Lincoln MKZ Glove Box Lincoln
2019 Lincoln MKZ Interior Overview Lincoln
  • Trunk Volume
    15.4 ft³

2019 MKZ Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    Unlimited Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2019 Lincoln MKZ A Good car?

With an affordable price tag and a long list of standard features, the Lincoln MKZ certainly has a lot of appeal for those who want to look like they belong, while still benefiting from most of the features provided by a true luxury sedan. The exterior is stylish with just the right amount of sportiness, but once you open the door, the illusion is shattered. The interior lacks the upscale quality that rivals who have mastered the luxury segment provide; think Mercedes C-Class or Audi A4. However, if you are willing to overlook these shortcomings, the MKZ still has a lot to offer. Infotainment is top-notch, as is the standard consignment of safety features. The trunk is spacious, though still not class-leading, and the ride quality and handling aren't terrible. But the powertrains provide subpar gas mileage and lackluster performance, despite the power figures being on par.

This is the American sparkling apple cider of luxury sedans, standing beside the premium European champagnes of the world. It gives you just enough of a tingle to think you've experienced luxury, but it is a pale shadow compared to the real thing. And if you're going to put down the kind of money that the top-tier MKZ is asking, you may as well double down and get what your money is worth.

What Lincoln MKZ Model Should I Buy?

While the base MKZ trim comes with pretty much everything you really need in a modern daily-driver, the Reserve I trim might be worth the extra $3,000. The upgrade from faux leather to real leather is a significant bump in interior comfort, and when you add the lumbar support and additional charging outlets for smart devices, it is certainly worth the price. Stepping up the top trim isn't really worth the cost, although if you really want the V6 engine, this is unavoidable.

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2019 Lincoln MKZ Comparisons

Ford Fusion Ford
Cadillac CTS Sedan Cadillac
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Lincoln MKZ245 hp20/31 mpg$36,750
Ford Fusion 175 hp21/31 mpg$23,170
Cadillac CTS Sedan 268 hp22/30 mpg$46,995

2019 Lincoln MKZ vs Ford Fusion

The two sedans share similar underpinnings and, therefore, some of the same weaknesses. The Fusion also gets a weak base engine, a 173-hp four-cylinder, which gives it equally poor acceleration. Inside, it isn't a luxury vehicle either, but it still feels better-appointed than the MKZ, with a larger interior and trunk. It features the same easy-to-use Sync 3 infotainment system, although the sound system is less extensive. However, the Ford costs half as much as the Lincoln and gets better fuel economy. When you take into account the Fusion's excellent ride quality and precise handling, as well as its available safety features that mirror those in the MKZ, the Ford is the better choice.

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2019 Lincoln MKZ vs Cadillac CTS Sedan

While the base 268-hp turbo-four engine on the CTS isn't as refined as other luxury models', it is still stronger than the MKZ's and gets better fuel economy. However, the available V6 and the 420-hp turbo V6 give it much more powerful options than the Lincoln, which pairs well with its sportier handling. Unfortunately, the interior shows the same lack of refinement when compared to European rivals and the CUE infotainment suite isn't as streamlined as the MKZ's. Add to this the reduced passenger and trunk space, and the CTS feels less like a daily driver and more like a statement car, especially when you take into consideration its higher starting price. Overall, the Caddy is a better performer, but that isn't everything a luxury sedan should be, and it feels less well-rounded than the Lincoln MKZ.

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