2013 Lincoln MKZ Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2013 Lincoln MKZ - Road Test Specs

2013 Lincoln MKZ Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2013 Lincoln MKZ 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$38,690
Options on test vehicleRuby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat ($495), Preferred Equipment Group 103A ($5,330 -- includes rearview camera; ambient lighting; rear parking sensors; HD Radio; accent headlamp lighting; auto-dimming driver side mirror; voice-activated hard-drive based navigation system; Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert; power soft close deck lid; perforated leather front seats with cooling function; power tilt-and-telescoping heated wood steering wheel; 19-inch polished aluminum wheels with painted pockets; heated rear seats; premium floor mats; 110-volt power point; THX II Premium Certified Audio System with 5.1 surround sound, 700 watt 14-channel amplifier and 14 speakers including 2 subwoofers), Technology Package ($2,250 -- includes adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support; active park assist; Lane Keeping System; forward sensing system; automatic high beams; rain-sensing windshield wipers), 3.7-Liter Ti-VCT V6 Engine ($1,230), Power Moonroof ($1,200), Interior Aluminum Trim Package ($195), Inflatable Rear Seatbelts ($195)
As-tested MSRP$49,585
Assembly locationHermosillo, Mexico


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected V6, gasoline (optional engine)
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,726/227
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)300 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)277 @ 4,000
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddles
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.48, II = 2.87, III = 1.84, IV = 1.41, V = 1.00, VI = 0.74, R = 2.89
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.65


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, driver-adjustable three-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, driver-adjustable three-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.8
Tire make and modelMichelin Pilot Super Sport
Tire typeAsymmetrical summer (optional; standard tire type is all-season, low-rolling resistance)
Tire size245/40ZR19 98Y
Wheel size19 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front12.4-by-1.1-inch ventilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear12.4-by-0.4-inch solid disc with single-piston sliding caliper

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.4
0-45 mph (sec.)4.2
0-60 mph (sec.)6.7
0-75 mph (sec.)9.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.8 @ 94.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.5
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.5
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.3
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.9
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.8
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.9 @ 93.7
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)108
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)69.2
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON69.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.90
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.89
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.4
@ Full throttle (dB)73.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.5
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,500

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsJust wood it and go. Power braking gives about a tenth of a second, but there's little drama to launching an AWD MKZ. Upshifts are very quick whether in Drive or Sport mode. Shifts at 6,500 rpm, except on the 4-5 shift when it inexplicably shifts at 6,000 followed by a big drop in revs. Manual shifting is via paddle shifters. Does not hold gears to rev limiter, makes an attempt to blip throttle on downshifts.
Braking commentsStrong brake odor on the first stop. Smushy, long-travel pedal, some fade on later stops. Short stopping distances are likely because of the extra sticky tires. First stop was the longest at 113 feet. Sixth and final stop was the shortest at 108 feet.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Nice amount of grip here, in large part due to those ultra-sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Good feel from the steering and the MKZ's willing chassis makes it easy to dial out understeer with changes in throttle. Traction control on/off times were very similar, although we noticed more intervention with traction control on. Slalom: Impressively high intervention point for stability control system. We noticed no difference in intervention between TC on/TC off (ESC cannot be defeated, only traction control), and therefore got identical times. Sharp, precise steering -- nicely intuitive. Sport suspension setting is stiff enough to curb body roll, still handles our mid-slalom bump no problem. Tossable but always planted and composed. ESC only slows you down when you get truly aggressive.

Testing Conditions

Test date11/27/2012
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)57.1
Relative humidity (%)71.1
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)57.06
Wind (mph, direction)2.69, crosswind
Odometer (mi.)1,671
Fuel used for test91 octane
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)36/36

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/26 highway/21 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)17.5
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.5
Driving range (mi.)542.5

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM/CD THX-branded audio system, 14 speakers, 700 watts
iPod/digital media compatibilityDual USB inputs
Satellite radioStandard
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard, includes audio streaming capability
Navigation systemOptional, 8-inch touchscreen display
Smart entry/StartStandard
Parking aidsOptional rearview camera, rear sonar and automated parking system
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Lane-departure monitoringOptional
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,002
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,067
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59.5/40.5
Length (in.)194.1
Width (in.)73.4
Height (in.)58.2
Wheelbase (in.)112.2
Track, front (in.)62.3
Track, rear (in.)62.0
Turning circle (ft.)38.0
Legroom, front (in.)44.3
Legroom, rear (in.)37.0
Headroom, front (in.)37.9
Headroom, rear (in.)36.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.3
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)15.4
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,000


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years/70,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance6 years/70,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles

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