2009 Lincoln MKZ

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What Changed for 2009:
  • Standard AdvanceTrac electronic stability control
  • Optional THX II Certified car audio system
  • New Ultimate package includes chrome wheels, voice-activated navigation, THX, power moonroof, Xenon headlights
The 4-door, 5-passenger, Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan rides on the same platform as the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. The MKZ features 3 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.

For 2009, the MKZ is mostly carryover, but does offer some new items, including an optional THX II Certified audio system and an Ultimage package, which bundles several appearance, technology and convenience features.

Model Lineup
For 2009, the Lincoln MKZ is available in either front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD). 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; overhead console with map lights and sunglasses holder; front center console with adjustable armrest and 2-tier storage; keyless entry; universal garage door opener; auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass; power-adjustable dual power heated exterior mirrors with security lamps; power door locks and remote trunk release; power windows with one-touch driver's side; 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; perforated leather-trimmed seats; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; genuine wood appliqus; rear-seat reading lights; and 17-inch, 8-spoke machined-aluminum wheels.

Options for the 2009 Lincoln MKZ include a voice-activated, DVD-based navigation system; power moonroof; THX premium sound system; high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlamps; 17-inch, 8-spoke chromed-aluminum wheels; remote start; White Platinum tri-coat paint; and all-weather floor mats. Optional equipment packages include: Satin Nickel Aluminum (with instrument panel and door trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel replacing the wood-insert steering wheel); new-for-2009 Ultimate (with 17-inch chrome wheels; THX II Certified premium sound system; voice-activated, DVD-based navigation system; HID headlamps; and a power moonroof); and Midnight Black Special Edition (maple appliqus, maple-accented steering wheel and front/rear door trim, combination Black/Sand interior, and dark charcoal premium leather seats).

A single engine choice is available for the 2009 Lincoln MKZ: a 3.5-liter dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) V-6 that delivers 263 hp at 6250 rpm and 249 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. The engine is matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway for the FWD model, and 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the AWD version. Standard on both models is Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, traction control, and 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS).

Lincoln includes a lengthy list of standard safety features on the 2009 MKZ. Standard are dual-stage front air bags and side-impact air bags for the driver and front passenger, side curtain air bags at all rows, seat belt pre-tensioners, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, a reverse sensing system and remote keyless entry are also standard.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Lincoln 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. In the agency's rollover testing, the FWD MKZ receives 4 stars, while the AWD model earns a 5-star rating. Although 2009 results are not yet available, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2008 MKZ its top rating of \"Good\" for its offset crash test.

The 2009 Lincoln MKZ has standard Sync voice-activated technology for hands-free cell phone and MP3 usage, integrating the audio system, Bluetooth technology and USB connectivity. Sync's in-car communications and entertainment system was developed in collaboration with Microsoft. The standard audio system is an AM/FM 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player with 6 speakers. A voice-activated DVD-based navigation system is available, as is a THX II Certified car audio system. Sirius satellite radio is standard as well.


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  • Name 4dr Sdn FWD Transmission Automatic MSRP 32695.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 18/28
  • Name 4dr Sdn AWD Transmission Automatic MSRP 34585.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Perforated leather trimmmed seating surfaces
  • 10-way pwr heated/cooled front bucket seats -inc: pwr lumbar, driver seat memory
  • Spring-assisted 60/40 split rear seat -inc: integrated head restraints, center armrest
  • Center console -inc: armrest, storage, (2) pwr points, (2) cup holders
  • 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
  • Instrument panel storage bin
  • Chimes -inc: safety belt reminder, headlamp on, door open/key-in-ignition
  • Analog clock
  • 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, trunk release, driver-side keypad
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Remote decklid release
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS)
  • Perimeter anti-theft
  • Dual zone electronic automatic temp control (EATC)
  • Rear window defroster
  • Glove box
  • (8) cup/bottle holders
  • Ashtray w/cigarette lighter
  • Wood interior appliques
  • Front door storage pockets
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror w/compass
  • Overhead console w/sunglass holder
  • Illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • (2) front & (2) rear assist handles
  • Front/rear dome lamp & maplights
  • Leather wrapped shift knob
  • Seat back map pockets
  • Grocery bag hooks in trunk
  • 17" x 7" 8-spoke machined aluminum & painted wheels
  • P225/50VR17 all-season BSW tires
  • T145/80D16 mini spare tire w/steel wheel
  • Body color roof ditch
  • Body color bumpers
  • Chrome beltline molding
  • 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
  • Variable intermittent speed-sensitive wipers
  • Body colored door handles
  • 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 Duratec engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • Low maintenance 60-amp/hr battery w/battery saver
  • 150-amp alternator
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes
  • Dual exhaust system w/chrome tips
  • All wheel drive
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
    • Traction control
    • Advance Trac electronic stability control
    • Dual stage driver & front passenger airbags w/occupant classification system
    • Driver & front passenger side impact air bags
    • 1st & 2nd row air curtains
    • Reverse Sensing System
    • Personal Safety System-inc: crash sensing system, restraint control module
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) system for child safety seats
    • Rear door child safety locks
    • Emergency trunk release
    • Tire pressure monitor system (TPMS)
    • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc CD/MP3 changer-inc: (6) speakers, hidden in glass antenna, Sirius satellite radio w/6-month subscription *Satellite radio N/A in Alaska or Hawaii*
    • SYNC voice activated communications & entertainment system -inc: Bluetooth capability, steering wheel controls, USB port, audio input jack

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