While the MKZ's luxury status shines through on the outside, an entirely different impression is exuded from within the cabin. While the build quality is passable, the materials used, especially in the base trim, are not up to standard for what's expected in a luxury sedan. Offerings from Mercedes-Benz and Audi are far more premium in quality and aesthetics. The cabin layout is otherwise very intuitive and the driver's controls and controls for the myriad of features are ergonomically presented. Interior room is no more than typical for the midsize sedan class, there's just enough room for a passable level of comfort, though the sunroof in the Reserve does compromise headroom a little. Seating space is no more than decent too, and while the 11-speaker premium sound system is good, the 14-speaker Revel surround-sound system in the Reserve is a highlight.
Comfort is prioritized in the MKZ and five passengers should easily occupy all the seats. While the standard seating in both the Standard and Reserve trims is good, it's still average for the class. The optional multi-contoured seats with massage functions are really desirable, if you want something a bit more plush. The standard seats, along with the steering, feature extensive adjustability which makes for effortless position hunting for physiques of any kind. Overall passenger room is decent throughout, legroom is great in both the front and rear seats, but headroom is rather limited in the rear, especially with the optional sunroof equipped. Front seat ingress and egress are easy thanks to wide-opening doors though the rearward sloping roofline can make accessing the rear seats a little awkward. The Reserve also features Lincoln Embrace sequential lighting and fade-up ambient lighting.
|Lincoln MKZ Trims||Standard||Reserve||Hybrid Reserve|
|Headroom Front Seat||37.9 in.||37.9 in.||37.9 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||36.5 in.||36.5 in.||36.5 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||44.3 in.||44.3 in.||44.3 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||37 in.||37 in.||37 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||57.7 in.||57.7 in.||57.7 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||55.3 in.||55.3 in.||55.3 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||55.1 in.||55.1 in.||55.1 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||53.8 in.||53.8 in.||53.8 in.|
The Standard MKZ comes fitted with a Wollsdorf leather-wrapped steering wheel and features Sonata Spin aluminum accents on the instrument and door-trim panels; premium front and rear floor mats are also inclusive. The seats are upholstered in a soft touch synthetic leather upholstery which can be hued in either Ebony or Cappuccino. The Reserve is outfitted with perforated Bridge of Weir leather-trimmed seats, Bridge of Weir being the same company that upholstered the seats in the iconic Delorean DMC-12. They can be hued in Ebony, Cappuccino, or Ebony/Terracotta.
Trunk capacity in the MKZ sedan is middling at best. While many midsize sedans offer upwards of 16 cubes of cargo room in the trunk, the MKZ offers only 15.4 cubes. The Cadillac CT5 offers only 11.9 cubes of cargo room in the trunk, but that's an oddity in the class. The MKZ's 15.4 cubes are still good for lugging around the daily essentials or for stowing a couple of large bags, or for transporting passengers to or from the airport. The rear seats do fold down in a 60/40 split so some versatility is provided if you're willing to shove larger cargo items in your luxury car.
There are a myriad storage points offered within the cabin, including four spacious door side pockets all with bottle holder slots, four large cupholders, a small-items storage tray beneath the center console, a media hub cubby, a cavernous center armrest cubby with a small-item storage tray, and a large passenger-side glove box.
|Lincoln MKZ Trims||Standard||Reserve||Hybrid Reserve|
|Trunk Volume||15.4 cu. ft.||15.4 cu. ft.||11.1 cu. ft.|
Buyers can enjoy all the specs expected from a luxury vehicle with the MKZ. In the Standard trim, there's a remote start system, Intelligent access with push-button start, push-button shift, 10.1-inch digital instrumentation, and dual-zone automatic climate control. A leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering column is also standard, along with 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats with driver-side memory settings. Assisting the driver is a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert, a reverse sensing system, and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking. If that's not enough, then perhaps the Reserve trims power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, 14-way power-adjustable heated front seats, fade-up ambient cabin lighting, power trunk lid, and power moonroof with rear-window power sunshade may be. The driver is further assisted by an enhanced automatic park assist and forward sensing system on the top trim.
Lincoln utilizes the same SYNC 3 infotainment software that's used in Ford's offerings, and it's a user-friendly, intuitive, high-quality system that's easily one of the best in the industry. In both the Standard and Reserve trims this software is installed to an eight-inch capacitive touchscreen with an AM/FM stereo featuring MP3 playback capability, with an 11-speaker premium Lincoln sound system covering audio on the base specification. The Reserve trim is additionally installed with a voice-activated navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link functions, while the stock sound system is swapped out for a 14-speaker Revel surround-sound audio system. There are only two USB charge ports in the Standard trim along with a single auxiliary input jack for audio streaming, but the Reserve is fitted with two additional USB charge ports located in the rear of the cabin. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality are standard across the lineup.