2008 Lincoln MKZ

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2008 Lincoln MKZ Review

Shows improvements in terms of power and standard features, but comes up short in terms of handling, interior quality, and refinement.

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The 2008 Lincoln MKZ, a midsize premium sedan, basically serves as a Ford Fusion with restyling inside and out and a boost of 42 horsepower. The MKZ represents one car in a stable of midsize sedans, all of which bear similar quasi-hip acronyms such as the MKX and MKS.

The 2008 MKZ comes in a single trim level and can be equipped with either front or all-wheel drive.

Despite the many features on the standard and option lists, the 2008 Lincoln MKZ falls short in some key areas. In terms of performance, interior quality, design, and safety features, the MKZ does not live up to the standards of many competing models. However, on the positive side, it remains somewhat cheaper. As a truly affordable, entry-level luxury sedan it appeals to younger drivers.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln MKZ front drive, Lincoln MKZ all-wheel drive

What's New

New additions to the 2008 Lincoln MKZ include the introduction of front-seat heating and cooling, standard satellite radio, and the ""Sync"" hands-free feature for communications and entertainment use. New available options include a voice-activated navigation system and reverse parking sensors.


The 2008 Lincoln MKZ provides a restyled Ford Fusion with a different front end and modified rear styling. Exterior features include a chrome grille and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Available options for the MKZ include chrome wheels, xenon headlights, a sunroof, and rear parking sensors.


The interior of the 2008 Lincoln MKZ feels spacious and retro. The dash features a high cowl with big, round air vents and the center stack comes adorned with satin nickel trim. The interior of the MKZ seems well-equipped and more spacious than the typical entry-level luxury sedan. It also offers a spacious back seat as well as substantial trunk space, providing 15.8 cubic feet of storage. On the downside, the interior design and materials are of a surprisingly low quality for its class.

Standard features include leather upholstery, wood trim, front-seat heating and cooling, power front seats with memory settings for the driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a stereo system with seven speakers, a CD player, satellite radio, and an auxiliary jack. Also, a ""Sync"" hands-free integration system provides for communication and entertainment use. Options include a THX-certified sound system and a voice-activated navigation system.

Performance & Handling

Like the Ford Fusion, the 2008 MKZ delivers competent handling and solid steering. Ride quality seems good and the MKZ’s 3.5-liter V-6 provides adequate power. While the V-6 with its 263 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque sounds impressive, it does not deliver the kind of power you’d expect from a sedan in the 2008 Lincoln MKZ’s price range. But the available all-wheel-drive system transfers power from side to side as well as from back to front. An all-wheel-drive model of the MKZ reaches 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. The 2008 Lincoln MKZ does its best on extended highway cruises when you can lean back and enjoy its traditional, American-sedan ride and expansive interior.


Standard safety features for the 2008 Lincoln MKZ include front-seat side-impact airbags, full-length head-curtain airbags, traction control, and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Unfortunately stability control remains unavailable. The 2008 MKZ garners a five-star rating for driver and front-passenger safety in government crash tests. It also earns a top rating of ""Good"" in frontal-offset impact tests conducted by the IIHS as well as a second-best rating of ""Acceptable"" in side-impact tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln MKZ front drive: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Lincoln MKZ all-wheel drive: 16/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good all-wheel-drive option
  • Generous list of standard features
  • Smooth and comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • No stability control available
  • Interior utilizes low-grade materials and design
  • A bit stodgy and traditional for young drivers

Sum Up

Shows improvements in terms of power and standard features, but comes up short in terms of handling, interior quality, and refinement.

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