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2014 Lincoln MKZ Sedan - Overview

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$35,190 – $37,080 MSRP

$33,431 – $35,226 Invoice

22 / 31 MPG City/Hwy

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Power Circle Ratings

Overall Quality 3.0

Overall Performance and Design 3.0

Predicted Reliability 4.0

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2014 Lincoln MKZ Sedan

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Overview

What's New for 2014:

  • Dark Side Metallic, Platinum Dune Tri-Coat, Sterling Gray Metallic, and Sunset Metallic exterior paint colors

Introduction
The 2014 Lincoln MKZ is a 5-passenger luxury sedan available with one of two traditional gas-powered engines, or a hybrid powertrain that delivers 45 mpg, according to the EPA. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are offered. Competitors include the Acura TL, Audi A4, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CTS, Hyundai Genesis, Lexus ES, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Models and Features
Instead of overloading shoppers with a dizzying array of trim levels, Lincoln offers the 2014 MKZ in two basic forms: MKZ and MKZ Hybrid. Both feature a standard tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 18-in. alloy wheels, heated power front seats with 10-way adjustment for the driver, infotainment system, genuine wood trim, premium audio package with satellite radio service, and adaptive automatic LED headlights. The primary difference lies in the powertrains, which in the MKZ Hybrid's case, includes a battery pack that cuts 4.3 cu. ft. from the MKZ's 15.4 cu.-ft. trunk.

Options and Packages
In addition to options such as a panoramic tilt/slide moonroof, summer tire handling package, power massage front seats, and a parallel park-assist system, the 2014 MKZ is available with an assortment of so-called equipment groups. Among them are Select, which consists of a rearview camera, HD Radio, wood trim on the steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and ambient interior lighting. Next is Reserve, comprised of an 8-in. touch-screen navigation system, blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, power decklid, upgraded leather upholstery, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and heated and cooled front seats. The Preferred Equipment Group goes a few steps farther with 19-in. alloy wheels, a heated rear seat, 110-volt household-style outlet, and a 700-watt premium audio package.

Under the Hood
Shoppers considering the 2014 Lincoln MKZ have their choice of two engines, including a direct-injection, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. Lincoln also offers a 3.7-liter V-6 that creates 300 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. In both cases, a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard. These powertrains are available on FWD and AWD MKZ models.

For the FWD-only 2014 MKZ Hybrid, Lincoln employs a 2.0-liter, Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine joined by an 88-kW electric motor and a 35-kW Lithium-ion battery, which collectively generate 188 net horsepower.

Fuel Economy
As expected, the hybrid version of the 2014 Lincoln MKZ offers the greatest efficiency, earning an EPA-rated 45 mpg across the board--in the city, on the highway, and in mixed driving. No other variant comes close to that, but FWD MKZ models fitted with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine do return 33 mpg on the freeway. With AWD, that figure drops to a still-respectable 31 mpg. The 3.7-liter V-6 is the thirtiest of all MKZ options, though it does muster up to 28 mpg on the highway.

Safety Ratings and Technology
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Lincoln MKZ received an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars. In tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2014 MKZ received an "Acceptable" rating for small overlap front-impact protection; the MKZ also received a "Top Safety Pick+" designation from the Institute.

With regard to related features, the 2014 MKZ offers standard 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, 8 air bags, as well as slew of optional safety systems, such as intelligent cruise control, forward-collision warning, inflatable rear seat belts, active high-beam headlights, and lane-departure warning.

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