An end of an era draws nearer as the 2020 model year is the last, we will see an MK nameplate from Lincoln and possibly the last sedan. The 2020 MKZ assembly line will end production mid-year and there will not be a 2021 model. An end of an era indeed. But while we sadly must say goodbye, the MKZ has been a superb example of what American luxury should be. Let’s take our final look at the Lincoln MKZ.


The MKZ has adorned the same silhouette for nearly a decade while receiving facelifts and updated design language along the way it has always been an attractive design. The MKZ was the first to wear the now distinctive Lincoln mesh grille from the split wing design as its stablemates followed suit. The monochromatic package available on either black or white cars features black alloy wheels and body-color-matched grilles and trim details. The elements package gives you heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Luxury package features LED headlights, multi-contour seats with active motion with massage, and a 20 speaker Revel ultima audio system. The interior features bridge of weir leathers, hardwood appliques, attractive stitch work, and soft-touch elements around the cabin. Ambient lighting further sets a serene mood as well as the available panoramic vista roof which features the largest opening in the segment.

The MKZ features 3 power train options that each provide a unique driving experience. The most common engine is the 2.0L EcoBoost with front or all-wheel drive. This 245 horsepower powerplant provides smooth acceleration and nets 20 city/31 highway/24 combined EPA estimated miles per gallon ratings. The 3.0L twin-turbo V6 is also available in front or all-wheel drive with 350hp in the front wheel and 400hp in the all-wheel-drive variation. Expect 18 city/27 highway/21 combined MPG from this engine choice. But if you really want to save at the pump the 2.0L hybrid is the way to go to net 42 city/39 highway/41 combined mpg. The driving feel and performance of the MKZ is quintessentially American luxury with a combination of features that give you a smooth, quiet, and refined drive. Active noise control reduces unwanted noise by monitoring the sound profile of the cabin and inverts opposing acoustic waves trough the speakers thus canceling out the exterior racket. The adaptive suspension uses a suite of sensors to monitor and adjust your ride experience to avoid bumps and dips throughout the road. You can also customize the feel with the available comfort, normal or sport drive modes. Electric power-assisted steering provides an easy fluid steering feel at low speeds and a firmer more controlled feel at higher speeds.

Safety and technology is at the top of the list for every Lincoln model and the MKZ comes equipped with Lincoln’s Co-Pilot 360 suite of safety features. These include the lane-keeping system that warns of lane drift, pre-collision assist to aid in warning and braking in emergency situations, blind-spot monitoring of your view of your surroundings is obstructed, auto high beam headlights that adjust to oncoming traffic and nighttime visibility and a backup camera standard. Further technology enhances your experience with adaptive cruise control with stop and go. Set a distance to the vehicle in front and the MKZ will slow, stop and resume speed with the flow of traffic. Enhanced active park assist takes over the wheel to place you perfectly in an appropriate parking spot. SYNC 3 offers a smartphone connection with Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Waze, app link, and Amazon Alexa functionality. The Lincoln connect hot spot provides Wi-Fi for up to ten devices and the Lincoln way app on your phone allows your device to remotely start, lock and unlock, find parking, schedule service and pickup and delivery at your fingertips.

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While 2020 is the last chance to drive a new MKZ off the lots the legacy of the refined American luxury the sedan will continue to live on in the pre-owned market and the MKZ will always be a great buy. To understand everything covered in this review you have to get behind the wheel and Richmond Lincoln is here to help you do just that. We are Driven By You!
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