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Lincoln MKZ Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 263 hp @ 6250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2010 Lincoln MKZ

  • The 2010 Lincoln MKZ is a perfectly competent midsize premium sedan, but the competition is stiff in this densely populated segment.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Nicely equipped, available all-wheel drive, smooth ride, competent handling.

  • Cons

    V6 lacks refinement relative to rivals, not different enough from its Ford sibling, staid Lincoln styling cues seem aimed at an older demographic.

  • What's New for 2010

    The 2010 Lincoln MKZ receives extensive revisions, including improved fuel economy, freshened styling inside and out, a new Sport Appearance package, added convenience features and a new instrument panel and center stack.

Full 2010 Lincoln MKZ Review

What's New for 2010

The 2010 Lincoln MKZ receives extensive revisions, including improved fuel economy, freshened styling inside and out, a new Sport Appearance package, added convenience features and a new instrument panel and center stack.


It's hard to pin down exactly why the 2010 Lincoln MKZ isn't a contender for the entry-level luxury sedan crown. On paper, it's got all the bases covered. The ride is comfortable, the handling is capable, the mandatory 3.5-liter V6 is eager and the newly redone interior is nicer than what you'll find in Lincoln's top-of-the-line MKS. So why wouldn't we mention the MKZ in the same breath as top-rated and well-known rivals like the Acura TL, Hyundai Genesis, Lexus ES 350 and Nissan Maxima?

The problem is that Lincoln simply hasn't done enough to distinguish the MKZ from its competent but commonplace platform-mate, the Ford Fusion family sedan. Under the skin, the MKZ is essentially a Fusion Sport. Sure, the MKZ receives the full Lincoln styling treatment inside and out, including appreciable aesthetic upgrades for 2010. Yet when we're behind the wheel of an MKZ, we can't shake the feeling that we're driving a gussied-up family hauler.

To be fair, the ES 350, for example, is really just a gussied-up Camry -- but Lexus has worked overtime to dial out that family-sedan feel, whereas the MKZ just doesn't seem that special from the driver seat. Moreover, the MKZ's snappy but somewhat coarse V6 can't match the refinement of rival engines. On the bright side, the MKZ offers Ford's exclusive Sync voice-activated multimedia integration system -- but then again, so does the Fusion. And we doubt that buyers of a younger demographic will be drawn to the MKZ's chromed-out mug and staid (albeit high-quality) interior.

If you knock a few grand off the MKZ's MSRP, it stacks up nicely against well-optioned family sedans. Pitted against the heavy hitters in the entry-level luxury segment, though, the MKZ falters. In addition to the above-mentioned models, top-performing sport sedans like the BMW 328i and Infiniti G37 can also be had for about the same price this Lincoln commands. We're fans of the MKZ's family-sedan sibling, but it takes more than a makeover to hack it in this league.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Lincoln MKZ midsize premium sedan is available in only one well-equipped trim level. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, foglamps, auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated and cooled power front seats with memory functions, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 11-speaker stereo with a six-CD changer, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack, and the Sync multimedia integration system.

Newly available for 2010 is the Sport Appearance package, which adds 18-inch alloys, a sport-tuned suspension, a unique grille, upgraded leather upholstery and interior aluminum trim. Other options include chrome wheels, xenon headlamps, a sunroof, a blind-spot warning system, a back-up camera, a THX-certified surround-sound stereo system and a voice-activated hard-drive-based navigation system with 10 gigabytes of music storage and Sirius Travel Link (includes real-time traffic and weather information).

Powertrains and Performance

The 2010 Lincoln MKZ is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only available transmission, but it's a redesigned unit that's programmed to optimize fuel economy. Front-wheel drive is standard, while the optional electronically controlled AWD system can transfer power from side to side as well as front to rear.

In performance testing, we "hustled" an AWD MKZ from zero to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, which is subpar for this class. The EPA rates the front-wheel-drive MKZ at 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined -- a notable improvement over last year -- while the AWD version comes in at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined.


Standard safety features include stability control, front-seat side impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. As of this writing, the 2010 MKZ had not undergone crash testing. However, the '09 MKZ received five out of five stars for driver and front-passenger protection in government frontal impact crash tests, while side impact tests yielded five and four stars for front and rear passengers, respectively. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety deemed the MKZ "Good" (the highest rating) in its frontal-offset crash test and "Acceptable" (second-highest) in side-impact testing.

Interior Design and Special Features

With the 2010 MKZ, Lincoln has ditched the old-school dual-cowl dashboard in favor of a more modern layout that closely follows the design in the flagship MKS sedan. Indeed, the MKZ's interior is arguably a bit nicer than that of its more expensive stablemate, thanks to an abundance of soft-touch surfaces -- a pleasant contrast to last year's relatively low-rent cabin. It's spacious, too, as the MKZ's size advantage over some compact competitors yields ample room for front passengers and a fully usable backseat. Unfortunately, the MKZ is plagued by Ford's increasingly prevalent, aggressively angled front headrests. The voice-activated Sync system works impressively well, but we aren't particularly impressed with the sound quality of the uplevel THX-certified system.

Driving Impressions

The base 2010 Lincoln MKZ feels like a Fusion Sport minus the "Sport," which should be fine for most buyers seeking a quiet and comfortable luxury vehicle. However, add the sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels of the optional Sport Appearance package and the MKZ is suddenly transformed into quite an agile, fun-to-drive car that you wouldn't necessarily associate with the Lincoln brand. The steering in particular is communicative and well weighted. There is a downside, though: a rough ride that you also wouldn't associate with Lincoln. There are no complaints about the power from the MKZ's V6, but its soundtrack is grainier than other six-cylinders at this price point.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Wonderful automobile

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Vehicle: 2010 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Bought this car in July 2010 with 10,000 miles on it. There were initial issues with pairing of cell phone, but the dealer and Ford were persistent in getting those resolved. Since then, my wife and I have driven it 10,000 miles and love the car - fit, feel, handling, and performance. Visibility out the back is not all that great and full use of the console controls takes some getting used to (probably true of any new car) by older folks (72). Synch technology probably not quite ready for prime time.

2nd mkz

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Vehicle: 2010 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

This MKZ replaced my 07 MKZ at lease end. Very pleased with the 07 so I opted for another. Basically identical cars but no AWD on the 2010. Better combined MPG 24.7 with the 2010 2wd vs 22 mpg on the 07 with AWD. The 2010 dual Climate control regulation is very poor. Appears to be a factory defect that cannot be corrected. I miss the 07 analog clock. There are too many distractions on the LCD display. I do not have Nav, so the display may be better with it. The radio and temp knobs are identical and too often I hit the wrong one. The sync feature keeps dropping my bluetooth phone and requires resetting. I have owned 33 American autos and one Porsche. The 2010 MKZ gets an overall 8 rating.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

My 2nd lincoln mkz

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Vehicle: 2010 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

My 3 year lease was up on my 2007 mkz. The 2007 was a great car so I was back to buy a 2010. I could see many improvements on the 2010, and I like the handling of the sport package. I like having a car that you don't see at every stop light. I get compliments on the car all the time. I like the size and performance of the mkz, and that it runs on 87 unleaded. I drove a Cadillac cts and when the same as the mks its $5,000 more. I also checked out the Buick lacrosse which is priced about the same as the mkz but didn't seem as nice.

Great car

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Vehicle: 2010 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Bought a black on black MKZ and have 2800 miles and have not had the car back to garage for anything. When I was looking to buy compared the MKZ to Nissan Maxima but to get memory seats you had to spend in excess of 2K extra for maxima. This put the price of the two cars within hundreds of dollars. Opted for the MKZ and decided to give Ford (1st time ford buyer) a chance. No regrets yet. MKZ is very good value for mid size luxury car.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2nd american car in 38

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Vehicle: 2010 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

After 35 years of buying Mercedes, BMWs, Jags etc, I wanted to buy American in '07. My thoughts of the 07 mkz after 3 yrs: /no service problems whatsoever as compared to multiple problems with above mentioned cars /euro cars needed tires after 23-25k miles. got 45k+ in MKZ /no ugly, hard to clean BRAKE DUST on wheels /REGULAR gas! /ride not as smooth as cars mentioned /seats not as comfortable /not as much fun to drive NOW, my initial thoughts on the 2010: /seats more comfortable /piping around seats have TOO MUCH CONTRAST and detract from look, except for gray leather where piping almost matches /smoother ride & more fun to drive /much closer to euro cars above! /SAVED $

Thanks for not bailing out

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Vehicle: 2010 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

I'm so glad I didn't go with an import too. Yeah they are made in Mexico and yes they contain foreign parts and assemblies. And yes the thing was based off of a Mazda 6. BUT I'm glad to be contributing to FoMoCo (American Holdings) who continues to improve leaps and bounds over the competition. It's my first nice car and is very comfortable for my long legs. Nice smooth-quiet ride. I'm happy with it. Lot's of nice features. I owned an 07 Taurus and it was a great car so I decided to give FoMoCo another go and I'm glad I did. Beefy car.

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Gas Mileage


  • 18
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  • 27
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