2007 Lincoln MKZ is the Zephyr renamed and upgraded – though I think everyone would’ve liked to see the name Zephyr stick around. I cannot for the life of me remember which is the MKZ and which is the MKX. Add the upcoming MKS to the mix and I’m lost. Naming issues aside, what’s the new Lincoln all about? Well, for one, a badass engine sits under the hood this year. Ford’s excellent 263 HP 3.5 liter DOHC V6 Duratec engine provides the go-juice, and it’s hooked up to Lincoln’s slick 6 speed automatic transmission.
Looks are subjective, especially with the MKZ. I love the rear of the car – it’s very distinctive. The interior is typical Lincoln – absolutely gorgeous, and very very classy. The front of the 2007 Lincoln MKZ is a little much to take, and some may not like it. I have mixed feelings about it, though I like the rest of the car enough not to be too concerned.
2007 Lincoln MKZ Specs
- 263 HP 3.5 liter V6
- 6 speed automatic transmission
- FWD or available AWD
- 3533 lb curb weight
- Standard side and curtain airbags
- 19 MPG city / 27 MPG highway ( FWD )
2007 Lincoln MKZ Reviews
Autobytel reviews the 2007 Lincoln MKZ and writes – ‘What a nicely done Ford. Such a high content level, a good nav system, well sorted suspension and powerful engine, and at only $28,000. What? It’s a Lincoln? And it costs $35,600? In that case, the engine drones too much, the tires and suspension make too much noise, the interior quality is decidedly un-luxurious, and the styling is commonplace. Acura’s TL or a Lexus ES 350 cost more and don’t have all-wheel drive, but I’d take either before this Lincoln. If you shop on a strictly stuff-for-the-dollar basis, the MKZ makes a certain amount of sense. But if you want to feel like you bought an actual luxury car, and not just an optioned out Ford, shop elsewhere.’
Edmunds reviews the 2007 Lincoln MKZ and writes – ‘The Lincoln MKZ is a distinctly American take on the entry luxury sedan. The interior is suitably roomy and comfortable, and although the materials aren’t class-leading, they’re a noticeable step up from the Lincoln’s lower-line siblings. And with peppy acceleration from the new V6 and a plush ride, the MKZ is pleasant to drive. Overall, it stacks up well with other premium and luxury-brand choices like the Acura TL, Chrysler 300, Lexus ES 350, Nissan Maxima and Volkswagen Passat, but many of these cars offer sportier handling dynamics and/or more upscale cabin furnishings. Then there’s the matter of the MKZ’s styling, which although unusual, doesn’t seem likely to resonate well with the younger customers Lincoln hopes to attract.’
The Auto Channel reviews the 2007 Lincoln MKZ and writes – ‘Our test drive followed a road affectionately called Tail of the Dragon, winding through the foothills and lakes at the southern edge of the Smoky Mountain National Park. Chassis tuning has been revised with higher spring rates, upsized anti-roll bars and increased damping force. Neither my codriver nor I found any quirks or complaints about the handling or performance through the twisties. Driving position is excellent and controls feel good. Steering is precise. We dodged and wove briskly through miles and miles of wonderfully tight mountain curves without a worry.’
Automobile.com reviews the 2007 Lincoln MKZ and writes – ‘I drove the front-wheel drive model last year, with the old Duratec 30 V6. This engine, as good as it once was, and with respect to the Fusion, still is, pales in comparison to the new 3.5. The new mills mellifluous power band and sonorous mechanical and exhaust notes make for a much more refined, yet exuberant companion, and the new six-speed automatic, curiously devoid of any do-it-yourself leverage, translates the raw power into usable force. Just why Ford went to all the trouble of building an in-house automatic without giving it any manual-mode capability is beyond me, but spokespeople at the engine and transmission launch program in Dearborn last year told me that its buyers said they had no need for such a device.’
Car and Driver reviews the 2007 Lincoln MKZ and writes – ‘At the track, the MKZ’s extra 42 ponies didn’t make it any faster than the Zephyr. Quarter-mile and 0-to-60 times were identical to those of a front-wheel-drive Zephyr we tested in April 2006. The MKZ has 267 more pounds to carry than did the Zephyr (due primarily to the AWD system), but its 14.5-pounds-per-horsepower power-to-weight ratio is still better than the Zephyr’s 16.0 pounds per horsepower. Identical gearing in both cars leads us to believe our MKZ might have been an unusually weak example or that the added friction and rotational inertia of the all-wheel drive sapped a significant chunk of life from the new engine.’