Reclaiming that former Detroit glory, the 2014 Lincoln MKZ nicely represents the entry-level luxury sedan class with its sleek, contemporary look that includes an LED taillight panel and a fully retractable panoramic roof. While it may not be as highly sought after as other luxury sedans in its category, the MKZ boasts an impressive array of standard features that make it a solid choice for drivers looking for an affordable luxury model.
One of the best things about the MKZ is that it offers buyers options, which include two trim levels, the MKZ and the MKZ Hybrid, and tiered packages that allow for upgrades to the navigation system, rear-cross traffic alert and even ventilated seats.
Lincoln doesn’t skimp on standard amenities, however, which include the MyLincoln Touch system, a superb 11-speaker sound system and a voice command system. Choose from a standard or panoramic glass sunroof, power rear sunshade, multicontour front seats and a summer tire handling package.
The MKZ Hybrid even offers an available THX audio system, which provides drivers with a real audio treat. The depth and clarity of this sound system is superb and worth the upgrade.
The MKZ is available in three engine options. The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with standard front-wheel drive, although AWD is available. This engine gets an estimated 22 MPG on the city and 31-33 on the highway.
The 3.7-liter V6 option boasts more power, and MPG ranges from 18-19 in the city and 28-28 on the highway.
The MKZ Hybrid model combines the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor, boosting the MPG to around 38. This makes it a smart choice for drivers looking to save on gas and help the environment.
Although the interior is designed using more affordable economy-class materials, the center stack offers a glimpse of a more futuristic design without all those knobs and buttons from past models. This sleek, modern styling will appeal to many drivers. The rear-seat legroom is very generous and quite comfortable on long drives.
Five-Star Safety Rating
The 2014 MKZ earned the maximum safety rating for overall safety in government crash testing. Safety features on this model include front side-impact and front knee airbags, antilock brakes and stability and traction control.
Additional safety options include blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, lane-departure warning, lane keeping assist and rear cross-traffic alerts. An optional forward collision warning system and airbag-embedded rear seatbelts increase the car’s safety capabilities.
The Bottom Line
The 2014 Lincoln MKZ currently has a starting MSRP of around $34,000, making it an affordable option for an entry-level luxury sedan. With its high-tech features, forward-thinking styling, increased comfort and safety considerations, it certainly has a lot to offer drivers who don’t want to spend the extra money on competitors like Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes.