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.
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.