2016 lincoln mkz Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Lincoln MKZ is unchanged.
The 2016 Lincoln MKZ is a midsize luxury sedan that’s available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations and with a choice of a gas or hybrid powertrain.
Two gas engines are available in the 2016 MKZ, a 2.0-liter turbo I-4 with 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque and a 3.7-liter V-6 rated at 300 hp and 277 lb-ft. Both engines are paired exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. The MKZ Hybrid uses a powertrain that combines a 2.0-liter I-4 with an electric motor for a combined output of 188 hp. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is the only gearbox available in the MKZ Hybrid. Fuel economy is class competitive with front-drive models rated at 22/33 mpg city/highway with the turbo-four and 18/27 mpg with the V-6. Opting for all-wheel drive drops those numbers down to 22/31 mpg with the turbo-four and 17/24 mpg with the V-6. The MKZ Hybrid is the most fuel efficient at 41/39 mpg.
Gas-only variants of the MKZ have a 15.4-cubic foot trunk while the MKZ Hybrid only has 11.1 cubic feet due to the additional powertrain components taking up space. All variants of the MKZ including the hybrid come standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats.
In addition to dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 MKZ comes with knee airbags for the front occupants as standard. Inflatable rear seat belts are available on all MKZs as a standalone option. Active safety and driver assistance features such as blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane keeping assist are available on higher trim levels or as part of the Technology package.
The 2016 Lincoln MKZ received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the 2015 model received a Good score in four crash tests and Acceptable in the Small Overlap Front crash, enabling it to get a Top Safety Pick award (Good is the highest possible score). When equipped with the available Technology package, the MKZ received a Basic rating for the front crash prevention evaluation from the IIHS (front crash evaluation ratings include Basic, Advanced and Superior).
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
On the base Premiere trim level comes with 60/40 split-folding rear seats, Sync infotainment system with MyLincoln Touch, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, adaptive LED headlights, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth connectivity and a rearview camera. The mid-level Select grade adds ambient lighting accent lighting in the headlights, auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, configurable daytime running light, leather upholstery, and a power tilt/telescoping steering column. Stepping up to the range-topping Reserve trim level adds navigation, blind spot warning, a power closing trunk, heated and cooled perforated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. Optional extras include a panoramic moonroof, 19-inch alloy wheels, multi-contour front seats, a power rear sunshade, and inflated rear seatbelts.
What We Think
Despite it being better to drive than the previous generation, we said in a 2013 First Test review that the Lincoln MKZ is more of a comfort-oriented cruiser than a 3 Series competitor. The MKZ’s steering, on the other hand, has weight but doesn’t have much feel. In a 2014 First Test review of an MKZ equipped with the 300-hp 3.7-liter V-6, we said that the car takes turns confidently and has plenty of power while the interior is well-appointed, featuring comfortable seats, an improved infotainment system, and plenty of seats for four.
We said in a 2014 First Test review of the MKZ Hybrid that the efficient variant stands out in the lineup because of its excellent fuel economy, and slick exterior design. However, the infotainment system proved to be a weak point because it looks similar to the unit found in the Ford Fusion—the car on which the MKZ is based on. Additionally, the touchscreen could be more responsive and load info quicker.
The Lincoln MKZ shares its platform and two engine options with the Ford Fusion.
- Comfortable cruiser
- Spacious interior
- Distinctive exterior styling
You Won’t Like:
- Small trunk in the hybrid variant
- Gauges and infotainment system is too similar to the Fusion
- Lackluster steering feel