Lincoln is the luxury arm of Ford, and their veteran luxury sedan is the Lincoln MKZ. Debuting as the Lincoln Zephyr in 2006, this hot item was renamed the MKZ in 2007 to communicate its luxury in the style of Mercedes-Benz and other manufacturers. Now in its second generation, the Lincoln MKZ is in its second generation and starts at $35,995. If that is outside your price range, never fear. Buying a gently used MKZ might mean you get just as much luxury for a fraction of the cost. In this used buyer’s guide, we’ll cover what to look for when getting a used Lincoln MKZ.
First Generation (2006-2012)
Sedan lovers were ecstatic when the Zephyr was announced in 2004. The four-door car featured Lincoln’s signature waterfall grille and jeweled quad projector beam headlights. Plenty of chrome and LED taillights completed the ensemble. For its day, the Zephyr looked both luxurious and cutting edge. But we recommend you skip the sole Zephyr 2006 model year. Not only would the Zephyr have the most antiquated features, but customers complained of a warped dashboard and a slipping and hard shifting transmission. Go ahead and skip the 2007 and 2008 model years as well.
If you’re going to get a first-generation MKZ, we recommend getting a 2010 model year or more recent. The MKZ underwent its second exterior refresh in 2010. New rear and front fascias gave the MKZ a new look, the wheels were restyled, and the interior was updated with real wood accents and sleek metal surfaces. 2010 was also the first year an MKZ came with a rearview camera, a must-have in today’s market. You also get all-wheel drive, a smooth ride, and expert handling. And in 2011, the MKZ Hybrid hit the market, if eco-friendly appeals to you.
Second Generation (2013-present)
The second-generation MKZ was a complete redesign, starting with the body, which shares a platform with the Ford Fusion. Ford took their time with this one, launching later than expected, but that extra work paid off. The powerful but unrefined engine of the first generation was replaced with a 240-horsepower EcoBoost 2-liter four-cylinder or an optional 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, not to mention the new hybrid engine.
We recommend skipping that first model year. Customers reported some cosmetic defects that were all ironed out the following year. No matter which model year you drive, you’ll love the exterior and interior look, including split-wing grille, sweeping roofline, sleek sheet metal, available glass roof, and tons and tons of tech features.
If you’re looking for the most recent, there’s the 2017 facelift that updated the grille and headlights, along with the engine, which is now a 400-horsepower 3.0 L twin-turbo V6 engine driver’s dream that is unique to Lincolns.
As you can see, there’s plenty to love about almost any model year of the Lincoln MKZ. Go out and get yours wherever used Lincolns are sold.