The 2009 Lincoln MKZ is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine that makes 263 horsepower and 249 ft-lb of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission tuned to make especially smooth gear changes. The Lincoln MKZ's intelligent all-wheel-drive system is oriented for slippery road conditions and can seamlessly send more torque to the back wheels even before the front ones slip. The system adjusts power from side-to-side as well as front-to-back.
As is expected in a Lincoln, the Lincoln MKZ has a smooth and quiet ride; a front perimeter subframe helps reduce noise and vibration, yet a stiff body structure and special attention to suspension tuning allow sharp handling response.
The sedan offers an especially roomy back-seat area, with best-in-class legroom according to the automaker, and a 60/40-split back seat that is spring-assisted and folds forward to expand the trunk space when needed. At 15.8 cubic feet with the back seat up and in place, the trunk is said to be the largest in its class also. The Lincoln MKZ comes with anti-lock brakes, plus front side airbags and side curtain airbags that protect outboard occupants in both rows.
The standard-equipment list for the Lincoln MKZ is extensive, including heated and cooled ten-way-adjustable front seats, a reverse-sensing system, dual-zone climate control, painted aluminum wheels, SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system, a 6-disc CD stereo, and LED taillights. Standout options include the THX II-certified audio system, voice-activated DVD-based navigation, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, satin nickel aluminum appointments, and a power moonroof.