2017 Lincoln MKZ

Pros: Well-designed Hybrid model; striking styling, availability of all-wheel drive

Cons: Swoopy styling intrudes a bit on rear visibility and compromises rear headroom

CG Says: Lincoln’s midsize sedan gets a significant refresh for 2017, highlighted by a new front-end design that mimics the look of the revived-for-2017 Lincoln Continental. The MKZ is powered by a 245-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder or a new, Lincoln-exclusive twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that develops 400 horsepower in all-wheel drive cars or 350 horsepower with front-wheel drive. There is also Hybrid that pairs a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with an electric motor for a combined 188 horsepower. Newly available safety and technology features include Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection; Auto Hold, which can automatically keep the brakes applied after the vehicle is stopped; continuously-controlled suspension damping; and Dynamic Torque Vectoring, which enhances cornering ability. The Lincoln MKZ has been something of an also-ran among most premium midsize rivals, buy the available 400-horsepower engine and new refinements should make it a more compelling proposition.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Lincoln
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices Premier: $35,010
AWD Premier: $36,900
Select: $36,760
AWD Select: $38,650
Reserve: $39,510
AWD Reserve: $41,400
Black Label: $47,670
AWD Black Label: $49,560
Hybrid Premier: $35,010
Hybrid Select: 36,760
Hybrid Reserve: $39,510
Hybrid Black Label: $47,670

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
245
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatc
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
38-31

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
350 (400 with all-wheel drive)
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-27

Optional Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Horsepower
188
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
41
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
38