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  • (4.4) 34 reviews
  • Available Prices: $8,274–$17,578
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 21-22
  • Engine: 263-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Lincoln MKZ

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Lincoln MKZ

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 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

2012 Lincoln MKZ Reviews

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.

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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

(4.4)

Average based on 34 reviews

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Great Luxury Car

by uniongap from Kent on December 5, 2017

I am really glad I bought it. It has so many luxury features. The interior is beautiful. It is very reliable. I love it.

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2 Trims Available

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Our 2012 Lincoln MKZ trim comparison will help you decide.
 

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2012 Lincoln MKZ Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lincoln MKZ Base

Front
M
Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lincoln MKZ Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
A
Overall evaluation
M
Retraints and dummy kinematics
M
Structure and safety cage
P

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
A
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Lincoln MKZ Base

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Lincoln MKZ Base

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 2 recalls for this car.


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Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

72mo/70,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

72mo/70,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

48mo/50,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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