For years, American car buyers are usually more interested in European and Japanese brands when it comes to entry-level luxury sedans. Lincoln tried to compete in this class with the unique style MKZ for years despite its modest success. After getting a new update last year, the 2018 Lincoln MKZ should have a better chance of stealing some luxury sedan buyers who would prefer buy American if the price and the product were right.
The 2018 Lincoln MKZ is an entry-level midsize luxury sedan that is offered in four trim levels: Premiere, Select, Reserve and Black Label.
The 2018 Lincoln MKZ is offered with a choice of three powertrains. Standard across trims is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. It paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with a push-button gear shift. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available as an option. In track testing, the 2018 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 2.0T AWD accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, which is average for the segment. EPA estimates fuel economy at 24 mpg combined (21 city/31 highway) for FWD models and 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway) with AWD. These numbers are about average for an entry-luxury sedan with a base engine.
For the Select, Reserve and Black Label trim, a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 is optional. It produces 350 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque in front-wheel-drive version and 400 hp and 400 lb-ft when equipped with all-wheel drive. In track testing, the 2018 Lincoln MKZ 3.0T AWD accelerates from zero to 60 mph in quick 4.8 seconds. Fuel economy rating stand at 21 mpg combined (18 city/27 highway) with front-drive and 20 mpg combined (17 city/26 highway) with all-wheel drive.
The 2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is powered by a combination of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. Total system power is 188 hp and sent to the front-wheel via a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). In track testing, an MKZ Hybrid accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds, which is about a second slower than the Lexus ES 300h. EPA fuel economy stands at 40 mpg (41 city/38 highway).
The 2018 Lincoln MKZ price list: Premiere $36,530, Select $39,425, Reserve $41,095, and Black Label $48,915.