The 2020 Lincoln MKZ is one of the last of the brand to solider on with its Ford roots on full display inside. However, the exterior handsomely adopts the current Lincoln front end design.
There’s not much happening for the 2020 model year except for some simplification of option packages and the availability of front-wheel drive with the premium engine.
Choosing Your Lincoln MKZ
The MKZ is available in two trims: Standard and Reserve. Pricing starts at $38,390 for the Standard and climbs to $44,140 for the Reserve.
The Lincoln MKZ comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Reserve offers a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 for $3,000.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder||245 hp||275 lb-ft||24 mpg|
|3.0L Turbo V6||350 hp||400 lb-ft||21 mpg|
Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is a $2,000 option with the base engine or a $3,000 upgrade with the V6.
The AWD system with the V6 adds an active torque-vectoring rear differential and increases horsepower to 400.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The MKZ seats five passengers. It's 193.9 inches long and rides on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, which affords 37 inches of rear legroom. The trunk contains 15.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity, which lands it in the middle of the mid-size sedan segment.
The Lincoln MKZ includes active safety technology such as automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams – some of which are newly standard on 2020 models.
The MKZ carries a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, while it failed to earn a designation from the IIHS.
Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system is controlled through the 8-inch touchscreen display and is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Two USB ports and four 12-volt powerpoints help devices stream non-stop.
The optional Convenience Package ($2,000) adds navigation, a 110-volt AC power outlet, and two rear USB ports, among other features. These features are standard on the Reserve.
The MKZ Standard presents a solid value and brings many step-above features like 18-inch aluminum wheels, HID headlights, LED taillights, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, adaptive suspension, and exterior welcome lighting as standard.
Proximity-entry, push button start, remote start, 10-way power and heated front seats with memory, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and a 10.1-inch LCD driver information display make this base trim feel like a luxury vehicle.
The Convenience Package ($2,000) includes the additional connectivity features as well as ambient lighting, a power-open trunk with a soft-close lid, and a power steering column with memory.
Perforated leather seats, wood interior trim, front parking sensors, an automated parking system, an upgraded audio system, and the features of the Convenience Package are all part of the upgrade to the MKZ Reserve.
The trim also allows for ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel as part of the Elements Package ($800). Furthermore, the Luxury Package ($3,000) adds massage front seats, a 20-speaker Revel audio system, and LED headlights. A panoramic sunroof can be added for $2,000.
The 2020 Lincoln MKZ Reserve is almost $6,000 more expensive than the base trim without the standard features to back it up. The Standard trim with the Convenience Package is the ideal setup, as it includes several luxurious features while maintaining a sense of value.