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2012 Lincoln MKZ

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$7,185 — $16,733 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
21-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2012 Lincoln MKZ exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Lincoln MKZ
  • 263-hp V-6
  • Standard heated and cooled front seats
  • Optional blind spot warning system, backup camera
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available hybrid model, with no price premium

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview

Related to the Ford Fusion and Ford Fusion Hybrid, the five-seat MKZ and MKZ Hybrid compete with entry-level luxury cars like the Acura TL and Lexus ES 350. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional.

(Skip to details on the: MKZ Hybrid)

New for 2012
Newly available Sync AppLink provides voice control of select smartphone applications. 

Exterior
Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Sport Appearance Package includes 18-inch wheels, unique grille and darker headlights
  • Acoustic laminated windshield for noise reduction


Interior
Like the bigger MKS, the MKZ comes with genuine wood trim and upscale leather. The optional navigation system features 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
  • 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 transmission and standard front-wheel drive. Lincoln says the zero-to-60-mph acceleration time is 7.1 seconds. Mechanical features include:

  • Optional all-wheel drive
  • Optional Sport Appearance Package includes sport-tuned suspension


Safety
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Vehicle Overview

Related to the Ford Fusion and Ford Fusion Hybrid, the five-seat MKZ and MKZ Hybrid compete with entry-level luxury cars like the Acura TL and Lexus ES 350. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional.

(Skip to details on the: MKZ Hybrid)

New for 2012
Newly available Sync AppLink provides voice control of select smartphone applications. 

Exterior
Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Sport Appearance Package includes 18-inch wheels, unique grille and darker headlights
  • Acoustic laminated windshield for noise reduction


Interior
Like the bigger MKS, the MKZ comes with genuine wood trim and upscale leather. The optional navigation system features 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
  • 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 transmission and standard front-wheel drive. Lincoln says the zero-to-60-mph acceleration time is 7.1 seconds. Mechanical features include:

  • Optional 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


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. It gets an EPA-estimated 41/36 mpg city/highway.

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 trunk lid, 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 hp. 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" with long-term efficient driving.

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
39 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

Affordable Luxury

by HotRodLincoln from Erie PA on October 21, 2018

Wanted a nice ride with some power, 3.7L does this well. Comfortable with lots of amenities. Bought a CPO very nice car, very reliable. Has AWD, leather, heated seats. Only problem to date was a ... Read full review

(4.0)

Great Car

by Coollady37 on May 1, 2018

This car met all of my needs and is stylish. The only problem I have had is with the remote not opening the back door locks sometimes Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Lincoln MKZ currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 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.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lincoln

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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