Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - January 18, 2018

Expert Rating

3.35 (Good)
21 City / 30 Highway

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2018 Lincoln MKZ OVERVIEW

The Lincoln MKZ may be built on the same platform as the Ford Fusion, but the sedan’s striking sheet metal, serene cabin, and upscale features make Lincoln’s sedan more in-line with offerings from German rivals. The American sedan’s healthy amount of driver-assistance features is also impressive, as are the MKZ’s powertrains, which range from fuel-efficient to muscular. Consumers looking for a luxurious, comfortable sedan will find a lot to like with the 2018 Lincoln MKZ.

What's New for 2018

Besides the addition of four new paint schemes, the MKZ enters the new model year without any significant changes.

Choosing Your Lincoln MKZ

The MKZ is available with two gasoline-powered engine options (the MKZ Hybrid is covered separately). The base engine option is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that’s paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Drivetrain options for the 2.0-liter engine include front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as a $1,900 option.

The next step up is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 motor that generates 350 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque for front-wheel-drive models and 400 hp for all-wheel-drive variants. The engine is matched to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Understandably, the MKZ with the turbocharged four-cylinder and front-wheel drive is the most fuel-efficient of the bunch, capable of getting 21 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Opting for the twin-turbo V6 brings fuel-economy figures down to 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for front-wheel-drive models.

The MKZ is available in three models, as well as with a Black Label equipment group.


The Premiere starts at $36,530 (including the $925 destination charge) for the front-wheel-drive variant, while all-wheel drive bumps the price up to $38,420. Standard exterior features on the Premiere trim include: 18-inch, five-spoke aluminum wheels, chrome exhaust tips, adaptive HID headlights, heated exterior mirrors, and LED taillights.

On the inside, the base MKZ features 10-way heated power front seats, Sync 3, an 11-speaker audio system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a 10.1-inch LCD gauge cluster, Active Noise Control, and 10 cup holders.

The only available package for the Premiere trim includes the MKZ Magnetic Appearance Package ($1,195) that adds 19-inch, 10-spoke machined-aluminum wheels, a painted upper grille, and aluminum foot pedal covers.


The next trim level up is the Select that costs $39,425. The Select trim shares the same exterior features as the Premiere, but adds a lot more standard features on the inside. On the inside, the Select trim features leather-trimmed seats, genuine wood trim, ambient lighting, a power tilt/telescoping steering column with a memory setting, and a remote trunk lid release.

The MKZ Technology Package ($2,495) is one of the available packages for the Select trim and adds adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, pre-collision assist, pedestrian detection, an enhanced active park assist system, lane keeping assist, a forward sensing system, auto high beam headlights, and rain-sensing wipers. The MKZ Climate Package ($595) brings a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and rain-sensing wipers to the sedan.

The MKZ Magnetic Appearance Package is also available for the Select trim and adds the same features as on the lower Premiere model, but is priced differently at $1,050.


The Reserve trim has a starting price tag of $41,095. On the outside, the trim brings 19-inch, 20-spoke aluminum wheels over lower trims. The interior gets perforated leather-trimmed seats, a voice-activated navigation system, and an embedded modem as standard.

The Reserve trim shares a lot of the same available packages as the Select model, but adds the Luxury Package ($2,995) into the mix that includes premium LED headlights and a 20-speaker Revel Ultima audio system.

Black Label

The Black Label is the most luxurious MKZ available and costs $48,915. The trim comes with three different themes – Chalet, Thoroughbred, and Vineyard – that change the color of the dashboard, seats, trim pieces, and patterns throughout the interior. The Black Label builds off of the Reserve’s standard features and adds 19-inch machined aluminum wheels, a 20-speaker Revel Ultima audio system, a power rear sunshade, a heated steering wheel, and rear inflatable seatbelts as standard.

The Black Label has the same available packages as the Select trim.

CarsDirect Tip

Opting for the more powerful twin-turbo V6 engine locks consumers into either the Reserve or the Black Label trim, which is a bummer, but the V6 engine, especially with all-wheel drive, fits the character of the luxury sedan more. The MKZ Technology Package is pricey, but adds a suite of tech features that should make the journey more enjoyable. For drivers that enjoy an abundance of natural sunlight coming into the vehicle, the $2,995 retractable panoramic glass roof is a standalone option that should be explored.

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