The 2011 Lincoln MKZ is a stylish, midsize, four-door sedan. The MKZ offers a lot of stylish accessories and competent handling. Unfortunately, in comparison to its competition, the smart Ford Fusion, the Lincoln falls short. The Lincoln MKZ is a good vehicle, but it could be great with a few additions.
Body style: sedan
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
The 2011 MKZ offers a new HD radio as an option and a navigation system upgrade.
The Lincoln MKZ comes standard with 17-inch wheels, fog lamps, and keyless entry through a pad on the door.
The Sport package includes 18-inch polished alloy wheels and sport suspension. Aluminum trim on the interior and darkened trim on the exterior of the vehicle give the MKZ a sporty look.
The Ultimate package includes THX-certified speakers, 17-inch chrome-clad wheels, a sunroof, adaptive xenon lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and ambient lighting in the cabin.
The interior of the MKZ provides a fair amount of space. The driver’s seat has a lot of legroom and adjusts for optimum comfort. The large trunk offers 16.9 cubic feet of storage space. With the bigger accessory packages available, the interior of the vehicle is one of the best parts of owning a MKZ. Without the optional packages however, the MKZ can feel a bit cheap, especially for its price. The navigation system reduces the CD changer to a single disc, but adds a touchscreen, 10GB of digital storage, an HD radio, a nine-speaker audio system, and Sirius Travel Link. A THX-Certified speaker system comes as an option with the Navigation package.
The MKZ includes many standard features, such as 17-inch wheels, fog lamps, power accessories, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated seats with power adjustment, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel for the tall driver. Electronic sync for your Bluetooth device also comes standard and includes voice control for other equipment. A nine-speaker audio system features iPod integration, a six-CD changer, and satellite radio.
The Sport package adds seat piping that contrasts the color of the leather.
The Elite package adds leather upholstery throughout the cabin and leather trim.
Performance & Handling
The inner mechanics on this model mirror those of the previous year. Underneath the hood sits a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 263 horsepower with 249 lb-ft of torque. The engine mates to a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift control. The vehicle comes in a standard front-drive option, but the manufacturer also offers an all-wheel drive option. The all-wheel drive flaunts a bit more than the front-drive version, since it can shift power between front and back, as well as side-to-side, improving handling in high-speed situations. The engine can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, standard for its class.
The Sport package MKZ, with its sport-tuned suspension, greatly improves handling. This transforms the MKZ into an agile vehicle, able to handle the tightest turns.
Safety features on the MKZ include stability and traction control, blind spot mirrors, front-seat side airbags and curtain airbags. A MyKey system allows the driver to limit the top speed on the vehicle, as well as the volume limit on the radio, preventing speeding tickets and distractions.
The Navigation package includes a rear-view camera for easier parking and a blind spot detector.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lincoln MKZ: 18/27 mpg city/highway.
- Comfortable ride
- Ample standard features
You Won't Like
- Limited features for the price
- Lackluster handling
Designed for executives and professionals
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