2016 Lincoln MKZ Expert Review

3.8 Overall Score
Performance 3.9 Comfort 4.2 Styling 4.0 Value 3.6

Editor's Overview

In the 2016 MKZ luxury sedan, Lincoln wisely chose not to attempt a BMW-killer, emphasizing instead the company’s long tradition of luxury and comfort. The 2016 Lincoln MKZ is well placed to challenge the Lexus ES and Acura TLX, with a hybrid model earning up to 41 mpg, as well the availability of all-wheel drive (AWD).

You'll Like The 2016 Lincoln MKZ If...

If your idea of a luxury sedan is one that coddles its occupants while dripping in advanced technology, Lincoln’s MKZ sedan for 2016 may very well be your next car. The hybrid version includes all the same equipment as its gasoline counterpart at no additional charge.

You May Not Like The 2016 Lincoln MKZ If...

The 2016 MKZ luxury sedan from Lincoln is big on luxury, but not so much on refinement or performance. Although a good match for anyone shopping the Lexus ES 350, the MKZ is just outgunned by such makes as the Cadillac ATS, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.

What's New

The 2016 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan carries over largely unchanged from the previous model year.

Interior Features

While we generally like the exterior styling, the 2016 Lincoln MKZ's interior needs improvement. It's laid out well enough, but the materials, textures and design aren't luxurious enough to compete in this class. The MyLincoln Touch controls are a hassle to use, and we dislike having to navigate touch-screen menus just to perform simple tasks. Despite being a large car on the outside, this Lincoln's interior is surprisingly cramped. Rear-seat legroom and headroom are especially in short supply.

Exterior Features

The Lincoln MKZ is based on the Ford Fusion, but you'd never know it just by looking. Lincoln has done an admirable job with the MKZ's styling, giving it an upscale flair that its broader-market sibling lacks. We do think that the grille design is overdone – the trend to huge grilles on cars can stop any time now – but we especially like the capless-fuel-filler system, which allows you to refill without getting your hands dirty, or forgetting the fuel cap.

Driving Impressions

If you’re anticipating the 2016 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan to ride and drive like the old rear-drive Town Cars of the past, you’re in for a surprise. Although it’s no sports sedan, the MKZ feels competent in the corners and with its V6, even slightly athletic. The MKZ’s smooth ride and soft steering are at odds with setups found on such cars as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Cadillac ATS, but we think there are still a number of luxury buyers who will appreciate what Lincoln has created. Extensive sound-cancelation techniques create a hushed cabin, and the MKZ’s softer suspension does an outstanding job of isolating occupants from the road. The standard 2.0-liter turbo is surprisingly efficient at moving the big MKZ, but it’s the 3.7-liter V6 that is the best choice. The hybrid model, while not particularly quick, returns impressive fuel economy in most situations.

Pricing Notes

The 2016 Lincoln MKZ carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $36,000. All-wheel drive adds another $2,000. A fully optioned MKZ can approach $50,000, 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 Lincoln MKZ, take a look at our Fair Purchase Price at the bottom of this page. When it comes to resale value, the 2016 MKZ retains residuals similar to the Acura TLX, but trails the rest of the segment by a few percentage points.

Notable Equipment

Lincoln has positioned itself as a value-oriented luxury brand, and there's no doubt that the Lincoln MKZ for 2016 is stuffed with a lot of equipment for the price. There are heated front seats, leather upholstery, an adaptive suspension, LED taillights, and a really good 11-speaker audio system. There's also MyLincoln Touch standard, which uses an 8-inch display and voice-recognition software to control a wide variety of functions. Each MKZ also comes with eight airbags, stability control, and Lincoln's SOS Post-Crash Alert System that activates the horn and hazard lights in the event of an airbag deployment.

Notable Options

Three equipment groups are offered with Lincoln’s 2016 MKZ sedan. Premier is the standard-issue car, but the Select group adds a rearview camera and parking sensors, plus HD Radio. The top-line Reserve group adds navigation with voice recognition, blind-spot information and a power trunk. Individual options include heated rear seats, a THX II-certified 14-speaker sound system, and your choice of moonroofs, including a panoramic roof. A Technology package adds adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and Active Park Assist. The Black Label Series brings a personal touch, with your own shopping concierge, additional paint colors and four unique interior-design layouts.

Favorite Features


In the 2016 Lincoln MKZ, five dash-mounted buttons replace the traditional “PRNDL” shift lever. Although this design dates back to the 1950s, Lincoln’s modern interpretation is all-electronic with appropriate safety precautions to avoid accidental shifts. The design also frees up more storage space in the center console.


Giving the driver more say in how the MKZ performs, Lincoln Drive Control can adjust the settings for the steering, transmission shift points, throttle response, traction control and suspension, all via a single control with three modes: Normal, Sport and Comfort.

Under the Hood

A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder serves as the base engine choice in the 2016 Lincoln MKZ, or if you prefer, a hybrid powertrain can be had at no additional cost if you prefer mpg over mph. Also on the roster is a 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, though its performance advantage over the base 4-cylinder isn't as noteworthy as the benefit to refinement. 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 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: 41/39 mpg

3.7-liter V6

300 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm

277 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm

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

Editors' Notes

The 2016 Lincoln MKZ sedan continues to gain momentum in the hotly contested midsize-luxury-sedan segment. To stand apart, Lincoln gives the 5-passenger MKZ a number of desirable configurations, including the option of AWD and a fuel-efficient hybrid model. Not intended as a tightly tuned sports sedan, the MKZ is free to fill a growing void in the luxury-car segment, one where a soft ride is increasingly hard to find. While its clearest competitor is the Lexus ES 350, the MKZ’s toughest competition comes from the car from which it is based: the 2016 Ford Fusion. As the two cars often share a common showroom, the less costly and more stylish Fusion may cannibalize younger buyers Lincoln is desperately trying to win over.

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The best and worst of the Lincoln mkz hybrid.

I love my car. I looks great and runs very smooth and quiet. I have the hybrid so get almost 40 miles per gallon. Love it. It's easy to keep clean and easy to park thanks to the rear view mirror. Also it has the new cruise control that slows down and speeds up in traffic all by itself. It also warns me if someone is behind me when I back up by alerts. I am no crazy about the low profile tires. In my options it's easier to get flat tires. I have had a couple. They looks good thou. I love the heated seats and the air conditioner seats. Great for summer and winter. It still has plenty of trunk space even with the battery in the trunk. Love the color inside and out. The gpo radon display is large enough to read. The electric seats are comfortable. I love the push button Start and remote start feature. I also love the side view mirror open and close, great when I have to park next to things.

- Anna S

Overall this vehicle is classy and practical.

I love my Lincoln MKZ for lots of different reasons. It is a sedan, and it is big enough to be safe, but also small enough to not feel bulky. I have never had an issue with how anything in the car runs, and the PRINDL is on the dash, which is really convenient because you know exactly which gear you are in, and it is much less constrictive than other vehicles of this size that shift. It drives really smooth, so smooth that it is easy to speed in. It has decent gas mileage, and I can start the car from my keys as well as from a push start in the car. The seats are leather and so comfortable. There is Bluetooth music, texting, calling, voice commands, and tons of other features available in the car.

- Sophie B

I plan on giving the vehicle to my daughter when she is old enough to drive.

I have had no performance issues with my vehicle. I am happy with the gas performance and the vehicle has been very reliable. I love how comfortable the seating is and how well the leather seats held up. I am in and out of my vehicle a few times a day. I love how the outside lights come on when I approach the vehicle and especially love the lights under the door handles that light up the ground below the door. The only problem I have had is the glove box broke and one of the seat belts became a little loose.

- John H

The MKZ Hybrid is one of the more distinctive sedans around.

41 city / 39 highway MPG: Luxury, A/C and Heated seats: Panoramic retractable sunroof: Adaptive Cruise Control: Backup Camera: Lane Detection: Standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbag: The NHTSA gave the 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid a five-star overall safety score (out of a possible five stars). Adaptive LED headlights, rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, and Bluetooth connectivity. Automatic wipers.

- Matt S

It is a reliable car. Handles well, smooth driving.

My mkz I have not had any problems, because I take care of it, I did get the alignment front corrected recently, the driving is very smooth it lets you know that it senses your nervousness when you are in a dangerous situation. Performance is very good on the road. I would not change anything about this car. I recommend that everyone get one, you will not regret it. Thank you,

- Teresa D

Great on gasoline because is a hybrid.

No problems, runs smooth and is very comfortable. Is a hybrid so gasoline is great, is very reliable and the body is very elegant. The dealer is great and take care of oil & filter change, wash the vehicle and service also. I am very happy with my car. They had a recall for the airbags but the company (ford) that makes them was very prompt in fix the recall.

- Luz D

Great ride beautiful car.

I really like my vehicle's overall performance. It is a very comfortable ride. I love the night riding on the road. You can see clearly for quite a distance. I do not like the front interior layout. It has wasted space and poor storage. All the usual place to store things are bottomless. And finally the touch panel hold fingerprints and looks messy.

- I W

Grey Lincoln MKZ with black trim, black wheels, with tinted windows and moonroof

Very comfortable ride, with a great sound system, and small enough to park anywhere! Classic, yet futuristic! My favorite features are the moonroof and AC seats, keeps my hot summer rides nice and cool. Not much to dislike on this car! Very sleek interior with a fantastically large screen display, which also makes parallel parking much easier.

- Maria M

Lincoln MKZ Has luxury and comfort

I absolutely adore the Lincoln MKZ hybrid model. The entire vehicle is incredibly sharp looking. The interior has soft leather seats which are very comfortable and the car in general is very spacious. It doesn't feel like a regular cramped car ride when you are driving or riding in the Lincoln MKZ. I would really recommend this car to anyone.

- Bree K

If you want a car with power and a nice, smooth ride, this is it.

The Lincoln mkz is a nice, smooth ride with park-assist and in vehicle touch panel controls for climate, navigation, and entertainment. It has Bluetooth capabilities. I love this car- how it drives and how it rides. The only thing lacking is the navigation system. It is not user friendly and often does not recognize desired destinations.

- Liz P

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