The MKZ gets a 5 star safety rating from the NHTSA and “Top Safety Pick+” safety rating from the IIHS. Consumer Reports gives it very high reliability history component-by-component as well as very hi...
The MKZ gets a 5 star safety rating from the NHTSA and “Top Safety Pick+” safety rating from the IIHS. Consumer Reports gives it very high reliability history component-by-component as well as very high safety ratings. The MKZ Hybrid gets better miles per gallon than very tiny cars like the Fiat 500, a Scion iQ or a Smart ForTwo Coupe. It even beats other hybrids like the Ford C-MAX Hybrid and the Toyota Prius V. Not bad for a mid-size luxury sedan.
Some reviewers say that the Lincoln MKZ is just a rebadged Ford Fusion. I looked closely at the packaging of a fully-loaded Ford Fusion Titanium Hybrid vs. the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. There is a long list of options available for the MKZ that are not available for the Fusion. These include things like a computerized dampening system that constantly adjusts based on road conditions, LED headlights (all lights are LED), Panoramic Roof, Active Noise Control (like those headsets you wear on the plane to cancel ambient noise—the whole cabin has that), THX II audio system, adaptive headlamps, radar cruise control, collision alert system, and much more.
Another common complaint is about the controls. I think the reviewers didn’t spend enough time to learn the MyLincoln Touch system. I’ve had time to become familiar with the system and there’s definitely method to the madness. Controls are very logically and functionally laid out. It is set up so that while driving you can use very easy voice commands or a 5-way controller on the steering wheel in conjunction with a simplified display on the instrument cluster. The LCD touch screen is mostly for navigation, displaying information, and for accessing the many, many options, settings, and functions while the vehicle is not moving. (I personally think it’s reckless to focus too much on a touch screen while driving.)
Some of the MKZ reviews compare performance against high-performance luxury sedans from BMW, Audi and Cadillac. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has mediocre acceleration (Duh! It’s a hybrid). Instead of road-racing handling it delivers a refined, quiet, posh ride.
Off the drag strip and off the race track, though, it handles very well. It makes driving in the herky-jerky traffic in Eastern Massachusetts actually fun. Steering is responsive and natural. Acceleration is surprisingly good for a hybrid. Horsepower is 188. Zero to sixty in ten seconds. Dampening is computerized and adjusts every few milliseconds. Steering is all electric. Steering, brakes, traction control and dampening “learn” to adjust to your driving habits and environment. High tech stuff.
Consumer Reports gives the 2014 Lincoln MKZ a very good review with the only negative being the entertainment and navigation controls (discussed above). The reliability ratings are very high, it’s “score card” gives the highest ratings in owner satisfaction (that says something), fuel economy, accident avoidance, front-seat comfort, and safety. Consumer Reports says that the 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid "has a luxurious, quiet interior and its ride and handling rival some high-end European sports sedans.”
What’s missing from most of the reviews are the tech features which just go on and on. For example, the hybrid system uses GPS to learn your frequent destinations and optimizes mileage. A driver alert system detects when you’re not driving straight and gives you a warning to take a coffee break. In a collision that causes the airbags to inflate, the car will automatically call 911, send them your location, and play a recording for the 911 operator saying that there was an accident in case you are unable to speak. It will even read your text messages if you ask. And there’s so much more.
I highly recommend giving this car a look to those who want safety, reliability, luxury, and something different than the now so-common BMW or Audi. Tech and gadget freaks might also find it very interesting.