2016 MKZ New Car Test Drive
The Lincoln MKZ is a star for the brand, sporty, responsive, enthusiastic and entertaining. Some might see it as just a swoopy Ford Fusion because it's built on the same platform, but it's more than that. For one thing, the MKZ comes with Lincoln Drive Control, with three modes to set the dampers, steering response, stability and traction control, and active noise cancellation. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive available.
The standard engine is the EcoBoost 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that is reasonably quick most of the time, and gets an EPA-estimated 33 Highway miles per gallon with front-wheel drive. It makes 240 horsepower and is mated to a paddle-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission.
Then there is a more Lincoln-like 3.7-liter V6 making 300 horsepower that gets 26 mpg Highway.
At the other extreme there's the MKZ Hybrid that gets 40 mpg Combined, and many have topped that on test drives. It uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine combined with lithium-ion batteries that are lighter and packaged better than on previous Ford hybrids, and a CVT.
The MKZ can be equipped with inflatable rear seatbelts in addition to the latest safety technology, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and collision warning with braking. There's also parking assist, which takes control of the steering and parks the car for you.
With the standard EcoBoost four-cylinder, the MKZ is $35,190, and the Hybrid is the same MSRP. All-wheel drive is about $2000. The cost peaks with the all-wheel-drive Black Label model, at $47,495.