The Lincoln MKZ – like all FoMoCo sedans that were once sold in North America – is long gone, but certainly not forgotten. In fact, the the 2017 Lincoln MKZ was recently recognized by Consumer Reports for being one of the best used cars that cost between $15k and $20k, while the 2019 model was the highest-ranked premium mid-size car in J.D. Power’s 2022 U.S. Dependability Study. Now, Consumer Reports is lavishing praise on the 2020 Lincoln MKZ after naming it one of the most reliable three-year-old vehicles on the used market.
As is typically the case with CR studies, this one takes a look at modern vehicles that are just a few years old for some very good reasons – these vehicles have already depreciated somewhat, yet still offer modern performance, amenities, and safety features. Many three-year-old vehicles are also being turned in following the end of their lease terms, and as such, have fewer miles on the clock and are more likely to be in good condition.
To come up with these rankings, Consumer Reports looked to its annual auto surveys completed by members, looking for the models with the highest reliability score that fall within this particular date range. In that regard, the 2020 Lincoln MKZ made the cut thanks to its stellar reliability ratings from owners, but also because CR found it to be “the most appealing and well-executed Lincoln in memory,” at that time.
CR also praised the 2020 Lincoln MKZ for its ride comfort, quiet cabin, and luxurious interior, easy to use controls, and excellent fuel economy, particularly from the hybrid version. In terms of negatives, well, there aren’t many, with the organization noting that the sedan offers up limited rear seat access and legroom.