Last year’s Lincoln Zephyr, a midsize sedan, was renamed the Lincoln MKZ – Lincoln’s attempt to closely align its cars with a newer naming system. As expected, it has an abundance of features, both luxury and standard. Lincoln made renewed efforts to accentuate differences from their lower-priced siblings. Most notably is its exclusive, new engine. Underneath the hood, drivers find a more powerful and larger V-6 engine that increases horsepower (hp) by 42. It also processes more torque and can be available with all-wheel drive (AWD) or front-wheel drive (FWD). It has no four-cylinder base model, unlike some of the competition, yet it is equally popular with the single choice of V-6. Clearly an American take on luxury sedans with its comfortable and spacious interior, its materials aren’t elegant but definitely a step up from previous model years. With a pepped-up acceleration and a smooth ride, it is a pleasant car to drive. It stacks well against other luxury and premium choices, but many offer sportier handling and elegant interior furnishings.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln MKZ
Last year, Lincoln renamed its Zephyr the Lincoln MKZ, and included many updates. First and foremost is the more powerful, larger V-6 engine. It increases horsepower by 42, and now includes AWD, optional satellite radio, and altered front-end styling. Lastly, a drivetrain warranty was extended to six years.
The beautiful exterior of the 2007 Lincoln MKZ can be further enhanced by choosing from a variety of exterior features. It is a premium midsize sedan that comes in one trim level, with either AWD or FWD. Standard on the single model are 17-inch painted alloy wheels, a chrome grille, a rear defogger, and intermittent wipers. Optional chrome wheels can be added, as well as xenon headlights and a sunroof. The appearance exudes luxury without adding an expensive price tag.
The interior of the 2007 Lincoln MKZ is very spacious, with the ability to seat four adults comfortable. Wood trim and chrome with bold lines make a statement of class. The luxury sedan is a bit larger than others, and the backseat is much bigger, with a trunk space that measures 15.8 cubic feet. Many standard features are included on the MKZ, such as leather upholstery, a CD seven-speaker stereo that has an input jack for MP3 players, automatic dual-zone climate control, memory power seats, and a glorious amount of wood trim. Additional options are numerous, with a navigation system, an upgraded sound system, satellite radio, and cooled and heated seats, to name a few.
Performance & Handling
Driving the Lincoln MKZ is as luxurious as it looks, with the standard 3.5-liter V-6 producing 263 hp with 249 lb-ft of torque. The electronically controlled, all-wheel-drive option can be adjusted to transfer power according to the driver’s preference. The Zephyr has an unprecedented amount of power, and generates about 42 additional horses. This addition makes the car ride smooth and quick without making a lot of noise. Road trips or family vacations are perfect in this luxury sedan, and everyone will be comfortable.
Side airbags and complete curtain airbags are included as standard features for the 2007 Lincoln MKZ. The head airbag keeps the airbag up against the glass, in case the passenger is not in position. Models have anti-lock brakes and traction control, but stability control is oddly not available. In government crash tests, the NHTSA gave the MKZ an ""acceptable"" rating, and the IIHS awarded the MKZ the same rating. Safety precautions are a priority, and it has enough safety features to keep up with the competition in the segment.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lincoln MKZ Base: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Comfortable ride
- Numerous standard features
- AWD available
- Powerful V-6 engine
You Won't Like
- Lincoln traditional look might not appeal to young buyers
- Stability control unavailable
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Equal to its sedan peers but faces still the difficult battle of rivals offering sharp handling dynamics, high-quality materials in its interiors, and overall refinement.