2010 Lincoln MKZ Expert Review

You'll Like The 2010 Lincoln MKZ If...

If a boldly-styled, beautifully-trimmed, solidly-built, well-equipped and reasonably-priced American mid-size luxury sedan that feels and drives more like a European import would fulfill your needs and desires, the 2010 Lincoln MKZ may be an excellent choice.

You May Not Like The 2010 Lincoln MKZ If...

Lincoln long competed head-to-head with GM's Cadillac at the top of the U.S. market, but has lost a lot of luster in recent years. If brand image ranks higher than comfort, value and substance on your priority list, you may want to look elsewhere.

What's New

For 2010, the MKZ receives a new front and rear fascia design, LED tail lamps, and a new instrument panel and center console. New available features include rain sensing wipers, Adaptive HID headlamps, voice activated navigation and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).

Interior Features

Inside the ultra-quiet, premium-quality cabin are generous portions of real wood, satin nickel and chrome accents. Rear-seat space is surprisingly generous, with more than three feet of legroom. The trunk is a best-in-class 15.8 cubic feet, with a flat floor and low liftover height for easy access, and the compact decklid hinges won't crush or interfere with your cargo. The class-exclusive standard 60/40-split rear seats fold flat, with a convenient pop-down spring assist, for easy storage access or to extend the cargo floor straight through from rear deck to front seats.

Exterior Features

Lincoln says its modern image target is "earned reward" or "American dream," rather than "old world" flashy or "ostentatious luxury," which translates to quiet, casual, confident and more understated design. With its bold split-wing grille, jewel-like quad projector-beam headlamps, judicious use of chrome trim and low-profile tires on 17-inch, eight-spoke machined aluminum wheels, the 2010 Lincoln MKZ certainly looks the part of a credible mid-size luxury sedan. Around back are large wrap-around taillamps and twin chrome exhausts.

Driving Impressions

The 2010 Lincoln MKZ's specially tuned, fully independent suspension rides a bit softer than the more sport-tuned Ford Fusion's but retains nearly all of the fun-to-drive Fusion's responsiveness and agility. Partly due to the car's stiff structure, its rack-and-pinion steering is precise, with good on-center feel, and transmits little vibration back to the steering wheel, thanks to its mounting on the isolated front subframe. The available "intelligent" all-wheel drive monitors and predicts traction at all four wheels and delivers torque to those with the best grip. The six-speed SelectShift automatic allows the driver to manually shift gears with no forced upshifts and an "enhanced overdrive cancel" mode locks out the fifth and sixth gears permitting shifts at higher speeds for better engine braking.

Pricing Notes

The 2010 Lincoln MKZ's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $35,000, while the all-wheel-drive model starts just under $37,000. A fully-loaded MKZ tops out around $45,000. That's fairly inline with pricing for a comparably equipped Cadillac CTS, Lexus ES 350 and Audi A4. The current Fair Purchase Prices sit just below those prices, so be sure to check them out to see what MKZs are currently selling for in your area. As for resale value, the 2010 Lincoln MKZ's projected five-year residual value falls far short of the values set by the Infiniti G35, Acura TL and Audi A4, and the Cadillac CTS.

Notable Equipment

The nicely-equipped 2010 Lincoln MKZ comes with automatic on/off headlamps, leather seating, heated and cooled 10-way power front seats, tilt/telescoping four-spoke steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, dual-zone climate control, power heated mirrors, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry with exterior keypad, SYNC communications system, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer and auxiliary audio input jack, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and two 12-volt outlets. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, Reverse Sensing System, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with traction control and six air bags: Dual-stage fronts, front seat-mounted side and side-curtain bags for both seating rows.

Notable Options

Among the many MKZ options are chromed wheels, a power moonroof, Adaptive High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, ambient floor lighting, 14-speaker THX II-Certified premium audio with 10 gigabyte Jukebox hard drive and SIRIUS Travel Link, voice activated navigation, rear back up camera, rain sensing wipers, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and remote start.

Favorite Features

Standard Duratec 35 V6 Engine

Ford has long needed a smoother, more powerful, state-of-the-art V6 for its upscale mid-size entries, and this is it. Along with strong performance, it delivers respectable fuel economy of 18 EPA city miles per gallon and 27 on the highway with two-wheel drive.


Optional THX II-Certified Premium Audio

This 600-watt, 14-speaker system delivers surround-sound worthy of an upscale cinema. An MP3 audio input jack and SIRIUS Satellite Radio are standard.

Under the Hood

The MKZ's 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve aluminum Duratec 35 V6 delivers 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque through a new six-speed, wide-ratio, multiple-clutch automatic transmission. It boasts variable intake-valve timing, a dual-plenum intake manifold and a relatively high 10.3:1 compression ratio to optimize its balance of performance and efficiency.


3.5-liter V6

263 horsepower @ 6250 rpm

249 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (FWD); 17/24 (AWD)

Editors' Notes

In 2006 Ford introduced its Ford Fusion mid-size sedan and its divisional platform-mates the Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr, all based on Japanese-partner Mazda's well-respected MAZDA6 front-wheel-drive architecture. All three have earned media praise, strong quality reviews and good first-year sales. Building on this proven platform, Lincoln adopts a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission and available "intelligent" all-wheel drive to create the mid-size 2010 Lincoln MKZ (pronounced "M-K-Z") luxury sedan. Although the name is confusingly similar to the MKX crossover and new MKS luxury sedan, Lincoln simply follows a long line of luxury manufacturers whose marketers prefer letters and numbers to easily-recognizable names.

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2010 Lincoln mkz-- great seats, great ride, and super smooth.

I love the fact that it has heated/cooling seats, Bluetooth compatible, and has the air/heat where you can adjust it personally on each side of the vehicle. The leather seats are nice, but it is a downer when it is 100 degrees outside, it can burn you if you are wearing shorts. Same thing with the steering wheel, but I have put a cover on it and that makes it much easier to drive while it is hot. The seats are super comfortable and the seats adjust so well in the front, the seats even have an adjustable lumbar "cushion" I guess you could call it ha-ha.

- Sarah A

Perks of the luxury Lincoln truck

I love the Lincoln. It has great leather interior and a moonroof. It drives smooth on the highway and gets good gas mileage. I love the exterior midnight blue color. It has two rows and a lot of space in the trunk area. It has touchscreen navigation and radio. The trunk opens and close by a touch of the button. It has DVD player and TV's in the headrest that keep my son entertained. It's very comfortable for long rides. It has air and heat control on the backseat as well as the front. It has plenty of cup holders.

- Ashley B

Sleek design, smooth sailing.

The comfort of the vehicle is very nice. The chestnut brown seats and sleek silver linings of the steering wheel, audio system, and other features make for a sleek design. Smooth riding and despite the size of the vehicle, okay on gas mileage. Definitely a reliable car. Features such as GPS could definitely be more up to date and useful but with a little work, they get the job done. Backup camera comes in handy when parking in tight spaces or my garage. Definitely recommend the 2010 Lincoln mkz to new buyers!

- Monica E

Do not have buyers remorse as I did!

It is alright. It runs great. I do not like the size. It is a little short for my liking. It is a nice looking car but I prefer something more sporty. I bought my vehicle too hastily and I guess that was where I went wrong. I felt I had to make an urgent choice and turned out that I could have taken longer to make my decision. Now I am stuck with a car I do not love and a payment that too high.

- John B

This car really works great in the snow.

I love this car. I have been the only owner of it. I used to have to drive it to work in the heavy snow. It was awesome. I have a pair of good tires on it and they are great in the rain as well as snow. I would definitely recommend this car. The a/c and heater works well. They get to the correct temperature very quickly.

- Terrie S

Lincoln sedans is the best!

I love my Lincoln. It is comfortable, a nice ride, great sound system, gas efficient. Reliable and nice looking. I love the heated and cooled seat and it has great trunk space. I have 170k miles on my car and it still performs well. I have had to do very little extra maintenance other than oil changes, new brakes and new tires.

- Vicki K

No air smooth ride nice car

Other than the air conditioner having issues I love my car. The air conditioning doesn't always blow cold air and from what I understand this seems to be a very common issue with this car. The car drives perfect and it's such a smooth ride you feel like you're gliding, nice car if you don't mind being hot in the summertime.

- Michelle D

Interior is so elegant and comfy!

I love my Lincoln! The seats are so comfy and are adjustable! I have had it for 8 years and works like a dream. Absolutely love sync, a Bluetooth that connects to your phone so you do not have to listen to the radio. Features are easy to use which is a big plus! Interior is beautiful, the colors look elegant.

- Jane H

Perfect silver ollie baby.

My car performance is great. Ride with comfort. No sound from outside vehicle, like sitting on your sofa. Lights are bright and pretty on the inside while change color from blue to green or red. Heated seats when cold weather. GPS is perfect when can't find location, google help when in trouble.

- Brenda J

Dependable and sporty looking vehicle.

Love my car. Smaller size, dependable, and very few mechanical problems despite being 10 years old. The interior of the car is comfortable and has a lot of features. It drives very nice and has quick acceleration. This is a very reliable vehicle. Sporty looking. This is my second Lincoln mkz.

- Susan H

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