2014 Lincoln MKZ Expert Review

3.0 Overall Score
Performance 2.6 Comfort 3.8 Styling 3.8 Value 2.7

Editor's Overview

Fresh from its successful debut last year, the 2014 Lincoln MKZ continues to set the styling direction for future Lincoln models. To compete with the world’s best luxury cars, Lincoln understands styling alone won’t win the battle, which is why the MKZ is loaded with sophisticated electronics and even offers a 45-mpg hybrid model at no extra cost.

You'll Like The 2014 Lincoln MKZ If...

If your idea of a luxury car places an emphasis on luxury and comfort over no-holds-barred performance, then the 2014 Lincoln MKZ deserves a good hard look. Impressive fuel economy on the hybrid model comes without the hybrid model premium markup.

You May Not Like The 2014 Lincoln MKZ If...

The MKZ’s Fusion-based roots mean it lacks the refinement of many premium brands. While the MKZ might be a good rival to the Lexus ES, it doesn’t perform as well as similarly sized sedans from Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz.

What's New

After a complete refresh last year, there are no major changes to the 2014 Lincoln MKZ.

Interior Features

If the 2014 Lincoln MKZ has an Achilles’ heel, it’s the interior styling. The ergonomics are sound, but the materials, textures and drab design put its visual appeal at the bottom of the category. The touch-capacitive buttons are rather difficult to use due to poor response, and the lack of conventional audio and climate controls turns simple inputs into a maddening excursion through a vast sea of on-screen menus. The MKZ’s sizable exterior dimensions do not translate to roomy interior quarters, either, as rear-seat legroom and headroom are notably lacking.

Exterior Features

The 2014 MKZ shares its fundamental architecture with the Ford Fusion, but that fact is largely disguised by the MKZ’s distinctive design. The significantly revised sheetmetal provides this midsize sedan with a more elegant, up-market flair all its own. In keeping with the current industry trend of enlarging front grilles to absurd proportions, the new MKZ sports a massive split-wing grille, which replaces Lincoln’s previous vertical “waterfall” design. Standard across the board, the capless fuel filler is undoubtedly the unsung hero of modern automotive ingenuity, as it eliminates the need for a twist-off gas cap.

Driving Impressions

Although it’s no BMW, the 2014 Lincoln MKZ can take a turn with more athleticism and stability than one might expect. Lincoln has taken pains to improve steering feedback and precision, and the effort has paid off. However, the MKZ’s is considerably larger than its midsize rivals and its additional weight precludes it from matching the agility of such cars as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Cadillac ATS. From a luxury-car standpoint, the MKZ scores high by offering a hushed cabin aided by an advanced electronic noise-canceling system. The MKZ’s ride is also luxury-car smooth, something lacking in many luxury makes that emphasize handling over ride comfort. The MKZ’s turbocharged 4-cylinder engine does a good job of delivering exhilaration and economy; we’d take it over the optional V6. We generally found the 6-speed automatic to operate smoothly and efficiently, and were even more impressed by the hybrid model’s gearless CVT that provided a virtually effortless driving experience.

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $37,000. Adding AWD will set you back another $2,000. A fully optioned MKZ can approach $50,000, which is on par with the Lexus ES, and thousands less than a loaded BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class or Audi A4. While the majority of entry-level luxury sedans undercut the MKZ’s starting price, most also fail to offer a comparable level of standard equipment. To see what others in your area are paying for the 2014 Lincoln MKZ, take a look at our Fair Purchase Price at the bottom of this page. When it comes to resale value, the 2014 MKZ retains residuals similar to the Acura TL, but trails the rest of the segment by a few percentage points.

Notable Equipment

Positioned as a value-oriented luxury brand, Lincoln has become synonymous with offering vehicles loaded with a treasure trove of standard features, and the 2014 MKZ is no exception. High-end items include heated front seats, leather upholstery, an adaptive suspension that adjusts to changing road and driving conditions, full LED taillights, an 11-speaker audio system, and the MyLincoln Touch multimedia hub with an 8-inch display and conversational voice-recognition software. With a strong emphasis on passenger safety, the MKZ comes equipped with eight airbags, a comprehensive suite of stability-control systems, and Lincoln’s SOS Post-Crash Alert System that activates the horn and hazard lights in the event of an airbag deployment.

Notable Options

Most feature content is bundled into packages, though options such as 19-inch wheels, a panoramic roof and power rear sunshade are available a la carte. Offered on both the standard and hybrid version, the Preferred equipment package includes premium creature comforts like heated rear seats, a THX II-certified 14-speaker sound system and a power open/close trunklid. For those who long for the latest electronic gadgetry, there is a Technology package comprising Active Park Assist, adaptive cruise control and a lane-keeping aid that adds steering torque to guide you back into the driving lane. Unlike its closest competitor, the Lexus ES, a moonroof is not included as standard fare.

Favorite Features

PUSH-BUTTON SHIFT

To free up space, the 2014 Lincoln MKZ features an innovative push-button gear selector in place of a traditional shifter. This vertical 5-button layout resides on the left-hand edge of the center stack, well within reach of the driver.


LINCOLN DRIVE CONTROL

Lincoln Drive Control combines settings for the adaptive suspension, electric power steering, transmission, throttle and traction control into a single dial with three driver-selectable modes: Normal, Comfort and Sport. Simply put, the system helps tailor dynamic performance to your liking.

Under the Hood

A new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylider serves as the base engine choice in the 2014 Lincoln MKZ. If you are willing to sacrifice some mph for a few extra mpg, a hybrid powertrain can be had at no additional cost. Also on the roster is a normally aspirated 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, though we feel its performance advantage over the base 4-cylinder is modest at best. Both conventional powerplants are matched with a 6-speed automatic, while the hybrid variant directs power through a continuously variable transmission. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, with all-wheel drive (AWD) restricted to non-hybrid models.


2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4

240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm

270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/33 mpg (FWD), 22/31 mpg (AWD)


2.0-liter inline-4 and permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (hybrid)

188 net hybrid system horsepower

129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline engine only)

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 45/45 mpg


3.7-liter V6

300 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm

277 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg (FWD), 18/26 mpg (AWD)

Editors' Notes

The 2014 MKZ competes with an established field of luxury brands, so its unique styling and plentiful standard-feature roster are not the only tricks up Lincoln’s sleeve. To make the MKZ stand out, Lincoln touts the availability of an all-wheel drive (AWD) model as well as an extremely fuel-efficient hybrid trim priced identically to its gasoline-only equivalent. A clever marketing campaign seeks to associate the MKZ with younger buyers who may be seeking comfort over performance. However, as many Lincoln showrooms reside inside Ford dealerships it may be a tough sell, especially when buyers can get into a loaded Ford Fusion with many of the same features as the MKZ but in a less expensive and arguably more attractive car.

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2014 Lincoln MKZ Owner Reviews

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The MKZ has more athleticism and stability than one might expect.

The Lincoln MKZ is a great car. It rides very smooth and takes turns at a breeze. We have not had any major problems and feel it is a very reliable car. From heated front seats, leather upholstery, full LED tail lights, an 11-speaker audio system, and the MyLincoln Touch multimedia hub with an 8-inch display and conversational voice-recognition software. The MKZ comes equipped with eight airbags, a comprehensive suite of stability-control systems, and Lincoln's SOS Post-Crash Alert System that activates the horn and hazard lights in the event of an airbag deployment. It has many features that I use often. It features a push-button gear selector in place of a traditional shifter. This vertical 5-button layout is on the left-hand edge of the center stack, well within reach of the driver. The engine is 3.7-liter V6 300 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm, 277 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm, EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg (FWD), 18/26 mpg (AWD).

- Karen C

A pretty face with some basic flaws.

Vehicle has many nice comfort qualities such as automatic seat adjustments, fingertip controls. Nice upgrade from former cars. Car has blind spots with side and rear vision. Hard to back into parking spots. Have to move head to see past doorposts to check out clearance from passenger side. No auto lane check to assist lane changing. Do not talk on telephone while driving so phone connection is not needed or, of course, used. Car has good acceleration. Large floor space for rear seat passengers with easy foot access, a must for older passengers entry and exit.

- Richard M

2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: A vision of the future

The vehicle is extremely comfortable and has lots of features. The interior is sleek and features a several Information displays. The speedometer even has a brake coach that shows you how much energy was conserved when you brake, so you can improve your breaking skill. I have never had a problem with reliability, and the car has never needed to be jump started. The car also has lots of other features like a USB port in the back seat that are extremely convenient. Overall, it is an amazing car I would recommend to anyone.

- Samuel M

Lincoln mkz- the luxury sedan that is a hybrid.

I love my car because it is a luxury hybrid sedan. The gas mileage is so great! The maintenance cost has been very low compared to other luxury sedans. The car has a lot of great safety features and heated and cooling seats. The other great feature is the all of the inputs for electronic include a electrical outlet in the car. The Bluetooth is great to listen to podcasts in the car.

- Toni M

Like it, but could be better.

It is comfortable, reliable and runs well. It could be better on gas or a little prettier, but generally I like it a lot. I have the dark blue color, which I really like. I would say it is on the higher end of average for a car, possibly on the lower end for a luxury car. However, it is going on a few years old now so it definitely holds up.

- Michelle F

Lincoln MKZ - Highly Recommend

I have not had any vehicle issues with this car so far (knock on wood). It has been very reliable and is very comfortable to ride in. I love the fact that it is a hybrid and I get close to 40 miles to a gallon. I can typically go 500 miles on a tank of gas. This coupled with all of the high tech features makes it great for me.

- Justin W

Navigation, leather interior, excellent MPG, and it the most comfortable ride.

Love that it's comfortable and a great ride. The fuel use is awesome as I tend to get between 35-40 MPG. I chose the high end model on a used car and it was just as great as a new one. Plus the buying experience was easy. I'm so happy I chose to buy a Lincoln, it wasn't the first choice but it was absolutely the best choice.

- Martel B

Beautiful sedan for family or just one person alone. You'll look sharp.

Love the navigation, also can use phone hands free. . Auto locks. , self park. Love the backup camera. I have heated seats. A sunroof. , leather interior. Shows me how many miles on gas. . Nice for long rides. Makes you feel great when ready to stop. I really not sure if there is anything I don't like. Sorry for bad typing.

- Sammy M

Great but could use improvement

The gas mileage is great on the Lincoln MKZ. I've only had a few issues with it. My gas tank door is broken currently. It is not very car seat friendly in the back seat. My doors creak really loud and need to be oiled every once in a while. Also, when the weather is hot outside, my backup camera does not work.

- Courtney H

I love my Lincoln MKZ, spacious and nice to drive.

Car drives so nice. Feels sporty. Does sit low but I am used to driving a truck. Very nicely built, leather, sunroof, touch screen. Good gas mileage. Nice space in trunk and decent leg room in the back seat. Has good power and smooth ride. I really like this car for our family as we are on the road a lot.

- Anne F

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