2007 Lincoln MKZ Review
The MKZ is a new midsize luxury sedan that replaces the Zephyr for 2007. Priced for entry-level buyers, the MKZ features a new engine and exterior. With more than 40 more horsepower than the Zephyr, the MKZ has performance to match more expensive models.
The BuyingAdvice Team Says:
The Lincoln MKZ is an all-around solid luxury car and one of Lincoln’s best entries in years. With its beefy engine and available AWD, it packs in a lot of car at a fair price. How it will fare in the long run is yet to be determined, but if Ford’s recent record is an indication, we expect good things from the MKZ.
The MKZ is new for 2007. It features a 3.5-L, 263-hp V6 engine. All-wheel drive is available. Only one trim is available.
What’s New For 2007:
What is the Predicted Reliability:
J.D. Power gave the MKZ 4.5 stars for overall mechanical quality and 4 stars for overall design quality. No recalls or problems have been reported. While Ford has had some notable reliability problems, their recent models have been for the most part excellent. We predict above average reliability. The basic warranty lasts for four years or 50,000 miles.
Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features:
The MKZ earned 4 stars in government frontal crash tests and 4.5 stars in side tests. The IIHS gave it a “Good” rating for frontal crashes, “Acceptable” for side crashes, and “Marginal” for rear crashes. Anti-lock brakes, traction control, and full side airbags are standard.
Pros and Cons:
+ Plenty of car for the money
+ Powerful engine
+ Available AWD
- Mediocre crash test scores
- No stability control
- Unproven reliability
The MKZ has 60 more hp than the 2008 Buick Lucerne and features a standard CD changer. The Chrysler 300 Touring features more trunk space and AWD for $2,000 more, but lacks the MKZ’s side airbags and CD changer. The Saab 9-3 costs $3,000 less and has a smaller engine with 50 less hp and also lacks a CD changer.
What Others Are Saying:
“This sedan is based on a stretched, widened, and tweaked Mazda 6 platform, a rigid structure attached to a fully independent suspension that makes this the best-handling Lincoln in a long time. It will give front-drive European sports sedans a run for their money.” – Car and Driver
“We found quite a bit to like about the 2007 Lincoln MKZ, and only a few real problems. But the stereo is really what this car is all about. You will enjoy driving anywhere in it as long as you have some good CDs.” – C|Net
“The truth is Lincoln needs one no-compromise automobile that says this is who we are and what we do. No matter how you dress it up, the MKZ ain’t it, and never will be.” – The Truth About Cars
Read more about the 2007 Lincoln MKZ at the Lincoln manufacturer web site.