The 2019 Lincoln MKZ is an entry-level luxury model, one of two sedans offered by Ford’s luxury brand. The MKZ is understated and conservative, yet comfortable and quiet, making it a solid choice in the mid-size luxury sedan class.
What's New for 2019
This year, Lincoln streamlines its MKZ lineup by dropping the Black Label trim – for 2019, buyers only have a choice of Base, Reserve I, and Reserve II trims. Also, a suite of driver-assist safety features that used to cost extra is now standard equipment. This includes high beam assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control with stop and go.
Choosing Your Lincoln MKZ
The 2019 Lincoln MKZ comes with standard front-wheel drive, available all-wheel drive ($2,000 extra), seating for five, and a hybrid model that's marketed separately. Available in three trims, the MKZ also offers two engine choices: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a twin-turbocharged V6. Both engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The base engine makes 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque and achieves an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 24 combined. The optional V6, which is only available on the Reserve II trim, has an output of 350 or 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque and delivers 18/27/21 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Buyers wanting top fuel economy out of their 2019 Lincoln MKZ should consider the hybrid variant. The trade-off in power comes with a near doubling in fuel economy. That said, the base gas model offers a long list of amenities for an attractive price point. Upgrading to all-wheel drive is a sensible decision for anyone living where wintry conditions are common.