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  • (4.4) 20 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $8,934–$16,802
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 39
  • Engine: 156-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

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 Hybrid 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)

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I bought certified used 2012 MKZ hybrid an love it

by Billmitchelletc from Tucson AZ on August 9, 2017

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid price under $10500. The car is in perfect condition and has been well cared for. I drive for a living Uber & Lyft in Tucson and was looking for a Toyota Prius for the mpg but found ... Read Full Review

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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

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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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