Competitive Comparisons - Lincoln MKZ



Twin-Turbocharged 3.0 Liter V6 Engine with 400 HP

Outer beauty Inner strength. The Lincoln Motor Company has gone to extraordinary lengths to give the exterior of the 2018 Lincoln MKZ an exceptional level of grace and elegance. An equal amount of effort has been applied to develop and harness the capabilities of an available Twi n-Turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine. This engine delivers 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque,* making the 2018 Lincoln MKZ one of the most powerful and compelling Lincoln Vehicles to ever take to the road.

Available All-Wheel Drive

The Lincoln MKZ offers all-wheel drive (AWD) with both the Turbo-charges 2.0L I-4 and Twin-Turbocharged 3.0L V6 engines. AWD delivers torque to the front and rear wheels to enhance handling and maximize traction, typically before wheel slip can even occur, when AWD is added to the 3.0 L engine, it produces 400 horsepower.*

MKZ Hybrid

The similarities are surprising. The shared features between the MKZ Hybrid and its gas counterpart go well beyond the exterior. Designers and engineers worked hand in hand to deliver a hybrid powertrain that has an EPA-estimated 41 miles to the gallon in the city,** while keeping almost every surface, button, knob and interior finish exactly the same. Plus, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid in its class with the same starting price as its gas-powered counterpart.***


Design teams distinctly crafted the Lincoln MKZ to offer more sleek and elegant lines. The front end establishes a strong sense of power and confidence without being overly aggressive. With one glimpse, it's easy to see that the Lincoln MKZ calls out to be driven. The Lincoln MKZ invites drivers to experience luxury from the very first. When you near your vehicle key in hand, approach detection technology triggers an elegant sequence of warm lighting and projects a welcome mat at your feet. Once inside, ambient lighting that can be customized sets the stage for your drive. The MKZ is designed to be luxurious from the ground up. Lincoln's available wheel line-up for the MKZ allows drivers to choose their perfect brand of luxury with each vehicle, a signature star-motif grille exudes confidence and a retractable panoramic glass roof opens passengers to new possibilities at the push of a button. Passengers are supported all the while by Bridge of Weir™ leather-trimmed seating.


Lincoln MKZ harnesses technology to improve the safety of drivers and their passengers while offering luxury entertainment. The voice-activated SYNC 3 system allows users to make music choices, phone calls and text messages hands-free. The SYNC Applink feature lets you enjoy certain apps from your phone without taking your hands off the wheel. A state-of-the-art Revel Audio System plays music as it was meant to be heard. Other integral features - such as the available lane-keeping system, adaptive headlamps and available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection - assist drivers in tight spots, providing added security to passengers and pedestrians alike.

COMPARISON: 2018 Lincoln MKZ to 2018 Lexus ES 350

Competitive Perceptions        
Lincoln Reality

Selling Luxury

 The Lexus ES 350 is positioned as defining the entry luxury segment.    

Lincoln MKZ offers a much broader
menu of standard and optional
equipment, and many features that
are not available at any price on the
ES 350, including all-wheel drive,
push-button shift, inflatable rear
safety belts and heated rear
onboard seats.       
"Any way you measure it, Lincoln MKZ is a better value, with more standard equipment, a broader array of available options and a lower starting price. It also offers more engine choices and the sure footedness of available all-wheel drive."

The ES 350 offers numerous safety features.       

The standard and optional safety
features on Lincoln MKZ are
equally impressive and include
some, such as inflatable rear
safety belts, that are not available
at any cost on the ES 350.   

"Lincoln MKZ take a holistic approach to passenger safety, providing a wealth of standard and optional equipment to help mitigate injury in the event the unavoidable occurs, and provide assistance after."
Like nearly all Lexus vehicles, the
ES 350 is focused on delivering
a refined driving experience.

Lincoln builds cars that reward
the driver while providing
sophistication and comfort through:
  • Lincoln Drive Control: Continuously controlled
    damping (CCD) with driver-
    selectable modes (comfort
    Normal and Sport); electric
    power-assisted steering
    (EPAS): active noise control.
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Dynamic Torque Vectoring (included with Driver's Package)
  • Three engine choices, including a twin-turbo 3.0L GTDI V6
"Lincoln MKZ gives the driver choices, with multiple driving modes that can be selected based on preference or road conditions. It also offers a choice of three powertrains, including a highly sophisticated, 400-horesepower(2) (AWD) twin-turbo 3.0L GTDI V6. The additional performance of all-wheel drive isn't available at any cost on the ES-350."



COMPARISON: 2018 Lincoln MKZ to 2018 Acura TLX

Competitive Perceptions

Lincoln Reality
Selling Luxury

Acura TLX delivers nimble performance - no matter the configuration - and offers a choice of two drivetrains: the 2.4L DOHC I-4 and the 3.5L SOHC V6.

Lincoln MKZ offers an updated standard single-turbocharged, twin-scroll 2.0L GTDI I-4 and the newly introduced, available twin-turbo 3.0L GTDI V6(2) for optimal choice. Both are significantly more powerful than their Acura counterparts.

MKZ also offers a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid engine for those who are more focused fuel economy.

All-wheel drive is available on all Lincoln MKZ trim levels with either gas engine. On TLX, all-wheel drive is available only with the V6 engine.
"Lincoln MKZ offers more configurations than TLX, such as available all-wheel drive with either the 2.0L  or 3.0L engine. Further, you can opt for the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which is not available on the TLX. All the way around, Lincoln MKZ gives you more choices."


Acura TLX offers a higher value for the first-time luxury buyer.

Take a closer look and you'll find that Lincoln MKZ delivers some important advantages that are not available at any cost on TLX, including:
  • Standard 18-inch aluminum wheels on base models.
  • Available 19- inch aluminum wheels
  • Available heated outboard rear seats
  • Available inflatable rear safety belts
  • Available panoramic retractable Vista Roof

"Lincoln MKZ delivers more standard content than TLX and a number of features that are not available at any cost on TLX."


TLX promises to deliver on its "Synergy Between Man and Machine" product direction, characterized as, "at the will of the driver with intuitive, exhilarating and confidence-inspiring driving dynamics."

  • 2.4L I-4 engine: 206 horsepower; 24 city/35 hwy mpg; premium 91-octane fuel
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Precision All-wheel Steer (P-AWS)
  • Integrated Dynamics System: Driver-selectable ECON, Sport, Sport+ or Normal Modes
 Lincoln MKZ mote than measures up when it comes to spirited driving experiences, plus features not available on Acura TLX:
  • Updated 2.0L GTDI I-4: 245 horsepower (using 93-octane fuel); 275 lb.-ft. of torque (using 93-octane fuel); 21 city/31 hwy mpg.
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Lincoln Drive Control: Active noise control; Continuously controlled damping (CCD); Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS); Driver-selectable Sport, Comfort, Normal modes.

"When it comes to advanced driving dynamics, Lincoln MKZ provides it as standard equipment with the enjoyment of the driver-selectable Lincoln Driver Control, electric power-assisted steering and 18-inch aluminum wheels."



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*When equipped with available AWD. Horsepower and torque ratings achieved with 93-octane fuel. **EPA-estimated rating of 41 city/38 hwy/40 combined mpg. Actual mileage may vary. *** Class is Luxury Midsize Sedans based on Lincoln segmentation.
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