2020 Lincoln MKZ Safety and Reliability

Lincoln MKZ Reliability Rating

2020 MKZ Safety

Crashworthiness reviews for the Lincoln MKZ are good, with the NHTSA availing the 2020 year model with a top-notch overall rating of five-stars. The IIHS gave the Lincoln MKZ the best possible rating of Good for all five the specified crash tests it was evaluated for. The standard frontal crash prevention system scores Superior, too.

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

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

2020 MKZ Key Safety Features

Lincoln certainly didn't skimp out on driver-assist tech and passive safety features with the MKZ, according both trims with the full Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assists and with ten advanced airbags including driver and front passenger knee airbags. The Co-Pilot 360 suite comprises auto high-beam headlights, blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert, a lane keep system, rearview camera, and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and dynamic brake support. A reverse sensing system, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, and adaptive cruise control with stop and go are all also standard in both trims.

Lincoln MKZ TrimsStandardReserveHybrid Reserve
Back-Up CameraSSS
Cross-Traffic AlertSSS
Rear Parking AidSSS
Blind Spot MonitorSSS
Lane Departure WarningSSS
Lane Keeping AssistSSS
Night VisionN/AN/AN/A
Tire Pressure MonitorSSS
Brake AssistSSS
Stability ControlSSS
Traction ControlSSS

2020 MKZ Reliability

The Lincoln MKZ has proven impressively reliable over the years with the 2018 year model being the last subject to any major recall in the USA, and only one at that, pertaining to an issue where the steering wheel would potentially detach. In review of the MKZ, J.D. Power felt secure in backing it's proven reliability with a rating of 84 out of 100. To further instill buyer confidence, Lincoln offers a new MKZ with a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile drivetrain warranty, which is pretty standard for the class.


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