2008 Lincoln MKZ

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17 CITY / 26 HWY
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What Changed for 2008:
  • Standard Sync system

  • Standard tire-pressure-monitoring system

  • Standard reverse sensing system

  • Standard Sirius satellite radio and THX II-certified audio system

  • Standard premium leather heated and cooled seats

  • Voice activation added to the navigation system

  • Four new exterior colors: Dark Blue Ink Clearcoat Metallic, Moss Green Clearcoat Metallic, Vapor Silver Clearcoat Metallic, and White Suede Clearcoat
The Lincoln MKZ rides on the same platform as the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. For 2008, more features have been made standard to add even more luxury and differentiation over the Ford/Mercury siblings. The MKZ receives Ford's Sync system that allows sophisticated integration with both music and cell phone technologies. Sirius satellite radio and the THX audio system also are standard this year.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Lincoln MXZ comes in only one trim level but in either front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD). The AWD model delivers more traction under any road conditions, Lincoln says. Standard features on both models include intermittent, speed-sensitive windshield wipers; dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control; auto on/off delay headlamp controls; cruise control; premium leather-trimmed seating surfaces; overhead console with map lights and sunglasses holder; front center console with adjustable armrest and two-tier storage; HomeLink garage door opener; power-adjustable dual power heated exterior mirrors with security lamps; global-open power windows with driver and passenger one-touch up and down control; manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with redundant audio and cruise controls; 10-way power heated/cooled driver and front passenger seat with power lumbar; and rear-seat reading lights. The MKZ features three feet of rear-passenger leg room, along with a trunk that has nearly 16 cubic feet of cargo volume. The rear seats also split/fold 60/40 for even more cargo capacity.

The 2008 Lincoln MKZ is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 263 hp and 249 lb.-ft. of torque and is matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the V-6 engine are 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway for the FWD model, and 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the AWD version. Intelligent AWD as an optional model delivers benefits in any type of weather situation, Lincoln says. It's paired with available traction control, which allows the systems to work together to transfer torque both side-to-side as well as front-to-rear.

Standard safety features on the 2008 Lincoln MKZ are plentiful and include dual-stage front air bags, side-impact air bags for driver and front passenger, side air curtains at all rows, seat belt pre-tensioners, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. The MKZ has a 5-star rating for the driver and front-seat passenger in a frontal impact and a 5-star rating for the front seats and a 4-star rating for the rear row in side-impact testing from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The FWD model receives a 4-star rollover rating while the AWD model receives 5 stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the MKZ its top rating of \"Good\" for its offset crash test.

The 2008 Lincoln MKZ has added a voice-recognition feature to its touch-screen navigation system. Now the driver can request and receive travel directions audibly to provide hands-free capability when driving. Lincoln's MKZ navigation system was ranked first by consumers in the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Navigation Usage and Satisfaction StudySM. For 2008, Lincoln has added the Sync program to the MKZ. This voice-activated hands-free in-car communications and entertainment system was developed in collaboration with Microsoft. It allows full integration of cell phones and MP3 players with the car's THX audio system using Bluetooth technology and USB connectivity.

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  • Name 4dr Sdn FWD Transmission Automatic MSRP 30980.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 18/28
  • Name 4dr Sdn AWD Transmission Automatic MSRP 32850.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Perforated leather trimmed 10-way pwr heated/cooled front seats-inc: pwr lumbar, driver seat memory, seatback pockets
  • Perforated leather spring-assisted 60/40 split rear seat-inc: integrated head restraints, center armrest
  • Center console-inc: armrest, storage, (2) pwr points
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Leather wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel-inc: wood accents, speed control, redundant audio controls
  • Instrument cluster-inc: message center, tachometer, turn signal outage, low oil pressure, fuel cap, door/decklid/hood ajar, trip computer
  • Tire pressure monitor system (TPMS)
  • Delayed accessory pwr shut-off
  • Pwr windows-inc: driver/front passenger one-touch up/down, global open with key
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry w/(2) integrated key fobs, illuminated entry, driver-side keypad
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Remote decklid release
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS)
  • Alarm system
  • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc CD changer-inc: MP3 capability, (6) speakers, hidden in glass antenna, Sirius satellite radio *Satellite radio N/A in AK/HI*
  • SYNC voice activated communications & entertainment system-inc: Bluetooth capability, steering wheel controls, USB port, audio input jack
  • Dual zone Electronic Automatic Temp Control (EATC) -inc: rear seat ducts
  • Rear window defroster
  • Wood interior appliques
  • Ashtray w/cigarette lighter
  • Analog clock
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror w/compass
  • Overhead console w/sunglass holder, front dome lamp w/maplights
  • Leather wrapped shift knob
  • Illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Front/rear dome lamp & maplights
  • Body color bumpers
  • Chrome grille
  • Quad headlamps w/Autolamp on/off delay control
  • Front fog lamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Pwr heated mirrors-inc: chrome accent caps, security approach lamps, memory, driver-side electrochromic
  • Solar tinted glass
  • Intermittent speed-sensitive wipers
  • Body colored door handles
  • 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 Duratec engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel drive
  • Low maintenance 60-amp/hr battery w/battery saver
  • 150-amp alternator
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P225/50VR17 all-season BSW tires
  • 17" x 7" 8-spoke machined aluminum & painted wheels
  • T145/70R17 mini spare tire w/steel wheel
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Dual exhaust system w/chrome tips
  • All wheel drive
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes
    • Dual stage driver & front passenger airbags w/occupant classification system
    • Driver & front passenger-side impact air bags
    • 1st/2nd row side impact air curtains
    • Personal Safety System-inc: seat belt pretensioners, load-limiting retractors, driver seat positioning system, crash severity sensing
    • Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children (LATCH) system for child safety seats
    • Rear door child safety locks
    • Emergency trunk release

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