2018 Lincoln MKZ
- Comes well-equipped with many standard features
- Hybrid model available at no extra charge
- Impressively quick acceleration with turbocharged V6 engine option
- Underwhelming interior quality
- Short on interior space given its exterior size
- Slower-than-average acceleration with the base engine
2018 Lincoln MKZ pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which MKZ does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.4 / 10
For decades, American car shoppers have typically gravitated toward European and Japanese brands for entry-level luxury sedans. Lincoln has been trying to chip away at the market with the Ford Fusion-based MKZ for years now but with limited success.
Last year, Lincoln restyled the MKZ's front end with a new look first introduced by the brand's new Continental sedan. Available LED headlights and a Jaguar-esque grille add character to the car's sleek lines. Lincoln also introduced a new turbocharged V6 engine good for up to 400 horsepower, which is an impressive output for this class of car. A base turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the MKZ Hybrid continue to round out the MKZ's powertrain lineup.
Inside are plenty of standard luxury features and the MKZ's Sync 3 infotainment interface, which is quick and easy to use. In other aspects, however, you'll find that the MKZ comes across as pretty average. Interior materials quality isn't as rich as you'll find in other cars in this class, for example, and the rear seat isn't particularly accommodating for adults.
If you're shopping for a luxury sedan that gives you a lot of features for your money, or if high fuel economy is a priority, we think the 2018 Lincoln MKZ is worth checking out. Otherwise, you might find some rival luxury sedans are more appealing overall.
2018 Lincoln MKZ configurations
The 2018 Lincoln MKZ is available with three powertrains — a four-cylinder, six-cylinder and hybrid — and four trims. The Premiere comes fairly well-equipped, but go with the Select to get additional interior and technology options. The Reserve offers the most flexibility with options and packages. Finally, the Black Label is just as much about ownership experience as a stand-alone a trim, providing owners with free washes and a higher level of roadside assistance and maintenance.
For all trims, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four (245 hp, 275 lb-ft) is standard, and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available as an option. For the Select, Reserve and Black Label trims, a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (also with a six-speed automatic) is optional, and can be equipped with front-wheel drive (350 hp, 400 lb-ft) or all-wheel drive (400 hp, 400 lb-ft). A hybrid powertrain is also available, and uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor to produce a combined 188 hp.
The Premiere base model comes well-equipped with features such as 18-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, adaptive xenon headlights, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with heating, driver-seat memory settings and a 60/40-split folding rear seat with pass-through. Standard technology features a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Lincoln's Sync 3 infotainment interface, an 8-inch touchscreen display, Sync smartphone app integration, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and an 11-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and two USB ports.
Stepping up to the Select model gets you an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, leather upholstery, genuine wood trim, front seats with four-way power lumbar adjustment, a power-adjustable steering wheel, enhanced interior ambient lighting, a 110-volt household-style power outlet and two rear-seat USB charging ports.
Optional for the Select is the Select Plus package, which adds a navigation system, power trunklid, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Reserve trim level has those features as standard, plus 19-inch wheels, ventilated front seats and enhanced connectivity functionality. A 14-speaker Revel audio system with HD radio capability is also standard.
There's also the Black Label trim. It comes equipped similarly to the Reserve but has an upgraded interior (upgraded and extended leather upholstery and a simulated suede headliner, most notably) and a choice of three unique themes. The Black Label also offers a host of special services, including a mobile showroom, remote vehicle delivery, pickup and drop-off of your car for service work, an extended premium maintenance plan and more.
Most options are grouped into packages. The Climate package bundles automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, a windshield wiper de-icer, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The Technology package has adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system with pre-collision assist, lane departure warning and intervention, and an automated parking system (both parallel and perpendicular parking).
The Reserve model can be had with a Luxury package that contains LED headlights and a premium Revel Ultima audio system with 20 speakers and HD radio. There's also a Driver's package with 19-inch polished alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, torque vectoring (with the turbo V6 and AWD), painted brake calipers, multi-contour front seats, and distinctive interior and exterior trim details. The Climate and Technology packages are available with the Reserve as well.
Major stand-alone options include the choice of 19-inch polished alloy wheels, a traditional sunroof or a panoramic moonroof, a power rear sunshade and inflatable rear safety belts.
Noise & vibration8.0
Ease of use8.0
Getting in/getting out7.0
Child safety seat accommodation6.5
Audio & navigation7.0
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite MKZ safety features:
- Blind-Spot and Cross Traffic Alert
- Warns drivers of objects within vehicle's blind spot, and if cars are approaching from behind.
- Driver Alert System
- Alerts the driver to the possibility that they may be too tired to continue based on driving behavior.
- Enhanced Active Park Assist
- Helps drivers into and out of parking positions, by taking over the steering.
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2018 Lincoln MKZ for Sale
A lot of luxury sedans can seem affordable at first but then get rather pricey once you start adding all the options and packages. The 2018 Lincoln MKZ is different, however. Available in four trims, with three engine options, and in either front- or all-wheel drive, the MKZ provides a lot of features for the money.
The base trim, Premiere, starts you out with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 245 horsepower. You also get features such as an adaptive suspension, adaptive xenon headlights, keyless entry and ignition, simulated leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with heating, and Lincoln's Sync 3 infotainment interface with an 8-inch touchscreen display. A hybrid powertrain is also available, and uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor to produce a combined 188 hp. Lincoln doesn't charge extra for the MKZ Hybrid.
The MKZ Select is next up, and going with this trim allows optioning your car with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Power output is dependant on powertrain option, with the front-wheel-drive version producing 350 hp, and the all-wheel-drive version producing a whopping 400 hp. Other options include either sunroof or panoramic sunroof, a rear power sunshade, and upgrading to a 14-speaker Revel audio system.
If you're not satisfied yet, the MKZ Reserve is the top. It comes standard with 19-inch wheels, power trunklid, navigation, a Revel audio system, blind-spot monitoring, and heated and ventilated front seats. On the Reserve, you can add extra features, including massaging multicontour front seats and a 20-speaker (versus 14) Revel audio system. There's also a Driver's package that comes with dynamic torque vectoring, painted brake calipers, a sport-tuned suspension and special 19-inch wheels.
Finally, the Black Label is equipped similarly to the Reserve but with upgraded leather upholstery and a simulated suede headliner, with a choice of three unique themes. More importantly, the Black Label comes with a host of unique services, including a mobile showroom, remote vehicle delivery and pickup and drop-off of your car for service work.
With so many options, and packages, it's important to research your 2018 Lincoln MKZ. So let Edmunds help you build and find your perfect MKZ.
2018 Lincoln MKZ Overview
The 2018 Lincoln MKZ is offered in the following submodels: MKZ Sedan, MKZ Hybrid. Available styles include Reserve 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Hybrid Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), Premiere 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Select 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Select 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Hybrid Premiere 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), Hybrid Select 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), Premiere 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Black Label 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Black Label 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Hybrid Black Label 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).
What do people think of the 2018 Lincoln MKZ?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Lincoln MKZ and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 MKZ 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 MKZ.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Lincoln MKZ?
2018 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,095. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $6,065 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,065 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$35,030.
The average savings for the 2018 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is14.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,985. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $5,500 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $5,500 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$37,485.
The average savings for the 2018 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is12.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Lincoln MKZ?
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