2012 Lincoln MKZ

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$34,755

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2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

1 trim

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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 review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Safety and Comfort!

This car is full of safety and comfort features. It runs very smoothly and is easy to maintain. I drive a lot for work, and this car works very well.

5.0

Motor is very strong,runs very smooth

This car is very reliable.very comfortable.strong on the road.Car look nice.Rear park sensor is good thing.heated mirror i like.I recommend to all my friends and familiy buy it and enjoy the the car ride.

5.0

Definately the most comfortable ride I ever had

This car is a great family car and big enough for all occasions. Very comfortable and has all the luxury you need whether its just going to the store or on a long trip. Handles great in all types of weather and is a very safe car to drive.

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