Among a crowded field of mid-size to large near-luxury sedans that includes the Lexus GS, Volvo S80 – as well as the luxury Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz, E Class – the Lincoln MKZ is a step larger. The 2014 Lincoln seats five and has standard front-wheel drive.
It offers a uniquely opulent design, a choice of three capable and efficient powertrains and a nice roster of upscale amenities, such as a fully retractable panoramic roof.
Its 2-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder delivers 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, and offers fuel economy of 22 miles per gallon city/33 mpg highway in front-wheel drive and 22 mpg city/31 mpg hwy in all wheel-drive.
The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid features a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor mated to a continuously variable transmission(CVT).
The MKZ and MKZ Hybrid have the same starting price ($36,190) and are available wih Premiere, Select, Reserve and Preferred equipment groups.
Both models in base form bring an impressive array of standard features and amenities including 18-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, push-button start, cruise control, leather seats, deriver seat memory etc.
The Select package includes auto-dimming side mirrors, a back-up camera, HD radio and wood trim. The Reserve package includes features such as Navigation, blind spot monitoring and cooled front seats.
The top tier Preferred package builds off the Reserve package, adding 19-in alloy wheels, heated rear seats and a THX Certifies sound system.