Substantially freshened for the 2017 model year, the MKZ gets a new grille that eliminates the previous “split wing” theme. It also helps establish Lincoln’s next design generation. Adaptive LED headlights are available. Inside is a new “floating” center console, joined by a pushbutton gear selector. New switches and dials have replaced the prior sliders to control ventilation and audio. A newly available 3-liter V6 engine develops up to 400 horsepower.
The base MKZ comes abundantly equipped, including heated front seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat with memory settings, leatherette upholstery, backup camera, adaptive suspension dampers, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, 11-speaker audio, USB input, and iPod integration. Sync 3 infotainment replaces the previous MyLincoln Touch system. Alloy wheels hold 18-inch tires.