Hi all, my very first post here.
Great thread as I am planning to replace my 2014 Cadillac CTS with a '17 MKZ 3.0t/AWD when my lease ends in about 7 months. I previously had a 2010 MKZ (with Sport Package).
My question is about tire size. If you build a 2017 MKZ with V-6/AWD and Reserve trim (with or without the Drivers Package) the tire size shows as P245/45R19 on the Lincoln website. However the few window stickers I've seen show P245/40R19. I don't want those lower profile tires - had too many problems with pothole damage on a 2012 Buick Regal GS with that tire size.
Select trim comes with P245/45R18's and I would forego all the other good Reserve stuff just for that tire profile.
Anyone know which tire size "really" comes with the Reserve 3.0? Thanks!
Welcome! You and I were probably the only two 2010 MKZ owners on LI with the Sport package. I had a 2012 also. In all that time, I saw only two other Sports around here. Maybe yours was one of them.
WRT tire size, I think the website is in error, which is not uncommon. Lincoln's website is pretty poor, IMO. I believe that the standard 18" wheel gets the 45-series tire while any 19" wheel gets the 40-series. Since the Reserve comes with 19" wheels as OE, it follows that they will come with 40-series tires.
Yes, the lower profile tires make the wheels more susceptible to pothole damage, but let's not forget that the Lincoln Drive Control System includes a pothole damage mitigation feature, something your Buick didn't have. See also.
I have the 40-series on mine and I've hit some pretty good potholes that I was sure would have resulted in a bent wheel but didn't (knocking on wood here). Ford good measure, after some negotiation, I took the Ford tire/wheel insurance package, which has already paid for itself in ruined tire replacement.
I should add that I happen to like a really hard ride. With the 40-series tires and CCD always set to "Sport," I'm satisfied. YMMV.