2011 Lincoln MKZ

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Lincoln MKZ. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    20-22 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    263-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • V-6 power
  • Smooth transmission
  • Steering feel and response
  • Quiet cabin
  • Highway poise

The Bad

  • Sport suspension's overly firm ride
  • Limited headroom
  • AWD's gas-mileage penalty
  • Low-grade parking-brake handle
  • Roughly finished sunglasses holder
2011 Lincoln MKZ exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2011 Lincoln MKZ

  • FWD or AWD
  • New hybrid model
  • 263-hp V-6
  • Standard heated and cooled front seats
  • Optional blind spot warning system with backup camera

2011 Lincoln MKZ Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Lincoln's MKZ was updated for 2010 with a vastly changed interior, new front-end styling and a revised drivetrain. For 2011, the big news is the addition of the MKZ Hybrid.

Related to the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, the MKZ competes with entry-level luxury cars like the Cadillac CTS and Lexus ES 350. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional.

(Skip to details on the: MKZ Hybrid)


What's New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
The 2010 styling changes combined the old MKZ's visorlike headlights and the larger MKS sedan's sleeker nose. From the doors back, not much has changed. Exterior features include:
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Sport Appearance Package includes 18-inch wheels, unique grille, darker headlights
  • Acoustic laminated windshield for noise reduction


Interior
Inside, the old MKZ's boxy dash has been smoothed out to something closer to that of the MKS, complete with genuine wood trim and upscale leather. The center controls have smaller dials and buttons than before. The optional navigation system comes with Sirius Travel Link, which can track, among other things, nearby movie listings, weather forecasts and gas stations with regularly updated fuel prices. Interior features include:
  • Standard heated and cooled front seats with 10-way power adjustments
  • Standard Sync communication system
  • Optional moonroof
  • MyKey programmable system that limits speed
  • Ambient interior lighting with five color schem...
Vehicle Overview
Lincoln's MKZ was updated for 2010 with a vastly changed interior, new front-end styling and a revised drivetrain. For 2011, the big news is the addition of the MKZ Hybrid.

Related to the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, the MKZ competes with entry-level luxury cars like the Cadillac CTS and Lexus ES 350. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional.

(Skip to details on the: MKZ Hybrid)


What's New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
The 2010 styling changes combined the old MKZ's visorlike headlights and the larger MKS sedan's sleeker nose. From the doors back, not much has changed. Exterior features include:
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Sport Appearance Package includes 18-inch wheels, unique grille, darker headlights
  • Acoustic laminated windshield for noise reduction


Interior
Inside, the old MKZ's boxy dash has been smoothed out to something closer to that of the MKS, complete with genuine wood trim and upscale leather. The center controls have smaller dials and buttons than before. The optional navigation system comes with Sirius Travel Link, which can track, among other things, nearby movie listings, weather forecasts and gas stations with regularly updated fuel prices. Interior features include:
  • Standard heated and cooled front seats with 10-way power adjustments
  • Standard Sync communication system
  • Optional moonroof
  • MyKey programmable system that limits speed
  • Ambient interior lighting with five color schemes
  • Standard 11-speaker audio system
  • Optional THX-certified surround-sound stereo with 14 speakers


Under the Hood
The 263-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 teams with a six-speed automatic and standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. Lincoln says the zero-to-60-mph acceleration time is 7.1 seconds.
  • 263-hp 3.5-liter V-6
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Optional Sport Appearance Package includes sport-tuned suspension


Safety
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are standard. The MKZ's six standard airbags include side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows. Other safety features include:
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert flashes lights and sounds horn
  • Optional blind spot warning system
  • Optional backup camera


Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Lincoln's first hybrid is also the first midsize, front-wheel-drive hybrid sedan from a luxury automaker. The MKZ Hybrid's drivetrain technology should look familiar, as the car is related to the Ford Fusion Hybrid, but a number of luxury touches are added. Its EPA-estimated 41/36 mpg city/highway rating makes the MKZ the most efficient luxury hybrid in the U.S. It is set to hit dealerships in fall 2010.

Like the Fusion Hybrid, the MKZ Hybrid doesn't do much to advertise itself as a hybrid. Hybrid badges appear on the front doors and trunklid, but without them, this sedan could easily be mistaken for a regular MKZ, with its large twin-port grille and wide LED taillights.

The MKZ Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor that make a combined 191 horespower. As with the Fusion Hybrid, Ford says the MKZ Hybrid can travel up to 47 mph on electric power alone.

Perhaps more significant than the maximum electric-only cruising speed is the MKZ Hybrid's SmartGauge with EcoGuide technology, which can help the driver drive more efficiently. Whereas the instrument panel on the Fusion Hybrid uses green vines that "grow" larger the more efficiently you drive, the MKZ Hybrid adds to that with white flowers that "blossom" due to long-term gas mileage.

Standard luxury features include Bridge of Weir leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, a memory feature for the driver's seat and real wood trim. Back to top



Latest 2011 MKZ Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Great Experience at Road Ready

by norman man from 06705 on June 6, 2018

Knowledgable staff They all wanted to get me in a nice ride i will do my best to pass on info for this facility great. Read full review

(4.0)

Love the car but it has a vibration I can`t locate

by Rob from Ontario, Canada on April 17, 2018

I love the car but it has a vibration and from what I`m reading the 2007 to 2012 MKZ `s had a problem with the rear drive-shaft - is this something that Ford mentioned as a recall or is it on my own ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Lincoln MKZ Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Overall evaluation
marginal
Retraints and dummy kinematics
marginal
Structure and safety cage
poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lincoln

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement for up to $45 per day, fresh oil and filter at delivery and certificate for your first complimentary oil and filter change

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / 100,000 miles

    6 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Comprehensive Limited Warranty from original in-service date. See dealer for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 200-point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The MKZ received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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