2019 MKZ Hybrid New Car Test Drive
The Lincoln MKZ, built on the front-wheel-drive Ford Fusion platform, isn't the flagship for the marque (that would be the larger Continental); instead, it is sporty, responsive, enthusiastic and entertaining. With its fastback profile it looks Jaguar-esque, and rivals include like Lexus ES envy the Lincoln's lines. It's been around since 2013; for 2017 it got a new nose and new engine, and for 2018 it gets four new colors.
Base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 240 or 245 horsepower; it gets 24 combined miles per gallon with front-wheel drive, a bit less with available all-wheel drive. It comes with every model, meaning the more powerful V6 is an option in all of them. There's also a front-wheel-drive Hybrid model (at the same price), a 2.0-liter four with two motors driven by a lithium-ion battery pack. It gets 40 miles per gallon combined, using a CVT transmission.
The available V6 is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost making 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque with all-wheel drive, or 350 horsepower and 400 pound-feet with front-wheel drive. It's mated to a six-speed automatic, and gets 20 miles per gallon with all-wheel drive. Available with this engine is a Driver's Package that includes Dynamic Torque Vectoring to tighten cornering, and an active sport-tuned suspension.
Also available is Lincoln Drive Control, with three modes to set the dampers, steering response, and stability control; it also has active noise cancellation to help build luxury silence in the cabin. An upscale version of Ford's Sync 3 interface is used for infotainment and connectivity.
MKZ models are the Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label, with either the standard four-cylinder or available V6, and all-wheel drive available. Prices range from $35,445 for the front-wheel-drive Premiere to $49,720 for the all-wheel-drive Black Label.
The Hybrid is only front-wheel drive, in the Premiere, Select and Reserve models, at the same prices as the base engine, which is uncommon if not unique.
Available safety equipment includes inflating rear seatbelts, 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.