Lincoln used to be a leading luxury automaker, producing lavish coupes and sedans. While the Ford subsidiary continues to produce high-end vehicles, its lineup has shifted to crossovers and SUVs.
Lincoln has shifted its focus to manufacturing electrified vehicles and dazzling SUVs like the all-new Aviator, but it continues to produce upscale sedans like the 2020 MKZ.
The Lincoln MKZ is a midsize vehicle with a luxury feel. The MKZ replaced the Lincoln Zephyr for the 2013 model year and continued Lincoln’s legacy of producing comfortable sedans till 2020.
The MKZ is a well-appointed cruiser with a multitude of appealing features and options. Lincoln infuses the older MKZ with enough elegance to win over long-time brand devotees. It also comes with an all-wheel-drive, a powerful twin-turbo V-6 engine, and a fuel-efficient hybrid variant. The four-cylinder engine that comes standard is ordinary.
Every 2020 Lincoln MKZ comes with a comfortable cabin and a large amount of driver-assistance technologies.
Compared to the legendary BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and relative newbies such as the Genesis G70, the Lincoln MKZ fails to impress as a performance sedan, opting instead for comfort and value for money over power and performance.
Let’s look at the best features the 2020 Lincoln has to offer
The 2020 Lincoln MKZ Has Quite An Impressive Exterior And Luxurious Interior
The MKZ has a pretty mainstream exterior design, one that most luxury cars in its class have embraced as well: a refined and classy appearance.
It has a broad satin aluminum mesh grille flanked by adaptive HID headlights with LED signature lighting and is highlighted by a blacked-out lower air intake with a chrome lower strip and a chrome fog light housing borders on the front. When it comes to wheels, the Reserve MKZ has a larger set of 19-inch satin-finished alloy wheels to go along with its larger size.
Inside, the regular MKZ has a well-completed cabin. The usual front seats are supportive and comfy, but the Multi-contour seats, which are available, provide sumptuous levels of body coddling. They are, however, only available as an option on top-of-the-line cars equipped with the Luxury package.
The Reserve trim adds leather upholstery, genuine wood trim, ambient interior lighting, a power-adjustable steering column, a power-operated trunk lid, and illuminated door sill plates, among other upscale elements that make it worthy of the Lincoln label.
Except for a few cubbies in the center console, the sedan’s inside cubby storage is mainly average. In the trunk of the nonhybrid model, we were able to fit six carry-on suitcases. The hybrid MKZ’s battery pack reduces trunk volume from 15 to 11 cubic feet.
The 2020 MKZ Has Power That’s Perfect For Long And Straight Drives
There are three engine options for the 2020 Lincoln MKZ, and each has its own advantages. MKZ lacks any sort of sporty demeanor despite its tremendous power and efficiency.
The 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine is standard on the MKZ, as it is on most entry-luxury automobiles. The standard engine in the MKZ produces 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque.
The scratchy inline-4 doesn’t feel up to par compared to competitors, and the basic 6-speed automated is sluggish to respond through the front wheels, despite the competitive figures.
A 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine is available, producing 400 horsepower and plenty of torque. The MKZ comes standard with all-wheel drive (it’s an option with the standard engine), and while it improves road-holding, it won’t match most drivers’ definition of “sporty.”
The MKZ’s pleasant ride, especially with adjustable dampers and a quiet cabin, highlights the driving experience. It’s a sedan that’s best suited for motorway cruising.
The 2020 MKZ’s Top Two Attributes: Top-Notch Safety And Fair Pricing
Lincoln Co-Pilot360 is a collection of advanced driver-assistive features to give the driver additional peace of mind. It is standard on every new 2020 Lincoln MKZ.
The MKZ has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, which takes into account the vehicle’s four-star front crash and rollover ratings as well as its five-star side crash rating. The MKZ receives good top ratings in IIHS crashworthiness testing.
In tests at speeds of 12 mph and 25 mph, the vehicle’s standard front-crash prevention system avoided crashes, earning it the highest Superior rating. When it comes to the headlights, the regular HID projectors rank second-worst, while the LED projector options rank worse due to the excessive glare the lights create.
It comes standard with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, rain sensors for the windshield wipers, and automatic high-beam headlamps.
The Retail Price for the 2020 Lincoln MKZ starts at $36,750, plus $995 for delivery. The MKZ Reserve version, with more features, starts at $42,500.
Getting an MKZ hybrid for 2020 is now more expensive. Because the MKZ is only mostly available in Reserve trim, it starts at $42,500, which is roughly $6,500 more than in 2019, when the hybrid MKZ was available in lower trims. A fully outfitted 2020 MKZ can cost more than $54,000.
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