2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    38 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    141-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Massive sliding panoramic roof
  • Unique rear styling
  • Multitiered center storage console
  • Nearly identical to MKZ concept car

The Bad

  • Rear headroom
  • Front styling

Notable Features of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

  • All new for 2013
  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engine, plus V-6 and available hybrid
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Sleek roofline
  • Adjustable suspension firmness

2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ is the brand's first model using a new strategy to inject more luxury into its products. As a result, the MKZ has unique features and styling that make it a significant departure from the previous model. The MKZ faces competition from the Acura TL, Infiniti G Series and BMW 3 Series.

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Exterior
The MKZ's front is restyled with a "split-wing grille," as Lincoln calls it, designed to emulate an eagle's spread wings. The rear styling is a much more drastic departure from current Lincoln products with its sweeping rear roofline and laid-back windshield to help the MKZ slip through the air. Exterior features include:

  • LED headlamps
  • Adaptive headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Available retracting panoramic roof

Interior
Inside the 2013 MKZ are numerous display screens to make use of the standard MyLincoln Touch and Sync multimedia systems. A 10.1-inch LCD instrument cluster in front of the driver is customizable, and an 8-inch screen in the center dashboard is the main control area for the multimedia, navigation and climate systems. Selecting gears happens by pushing a button on the MKZ's center stack, which frees up room below the center console for a large storage area with multiple levels. Interior features include:

  • Sync and MyLincoln Touch
  • Leather seating
  • Heated front seats
  • Available backup camera
  • Available navigation
  • Available cooled front seats
  • Available heated rear seats and steering wheel
  • Availab...
Vehicle Overview

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ is the brand's first model using a new strategy to inject more luxury into its products. As a result, the MKZ has unique features and styling that make it a significant departure from the previous model. The MKZ faces competition from the Acura TL, Infiniti G Series and BMW 3 Series.

(Skip to details on MKZ Hybrid)

Exterior
The MKZ's front is restyled with a "split-wing grille," as Lincoln calls it, designed to emulate an eagle's spread wings. The rear styling is a much more drastic departure from current Lincoln products with its sweeping rear roofline and laid-back windshield to help the MKZ slip through the air. Exterior features include:

  • LED headlamps
  • Adaptive headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Available retracting panoramic roof

Interior
Inside the 2013 MKZ are numerous display screens to make use of the standard MyLincoln Touch and Sync multimedia systems. A 10.1-inch LCD instrument cluster in front of the driver is customizable, and an 8-inch screen in the center dashboard is the main control area for the multimedia, navigation and climate systems. Selecting gears happens by pushing a button on the MKZ's center stack, which frees up room below the center console for a large storage area with multiple levels. Interior features include:

  • Sync and MyLincoln Touch
  • Leather seating
  • Heated front seats
  • Available backup camera
  • Available navigation
  • Available cooled front seats
  • Available heated rear seats and steering wheel
  • Available adaptive cruise control
  • Available parking assist

Under the Hood
One of the only ways to tell that the MKZ shares its underpinnings with the 2013 Ford Fusion is the powertrain options. The base engine is a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while an optional V-6 is more potent than the previous MKZ. The MKZ offers Lincoln Drive Control standard, which tailors the driving experience for different modes, including Sport, Normal and Comfort. The feature changes suspension firmness, power-steering assist, plus engine and transmission characteristics. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is estimated to make 240 horsepower
  • Optional 300-hp, 3.7-liter six-cylinder
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Available all-wheel drive with four- and six-cylinder engines
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
  • Standard Lincoln Drive Control

Safety
Among the MKZ's optional features are inflatable rear safety belts. Located on the outboard seating positions only, Lincoln says the class-exclusive option distributes the force of an impact more than a conventional seat belt to reduce head, chest and neck injuries. Safety features include:

  • Eight airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Available lane departure warning
  • Available inflatable rear seat belts
  • Available blind spot monitoring

MKZ Hybrid
Lincoln promises the next-generation MKZ Hybrid will be the most fuel-efficient premium sedan, though no mileage numbers are available at the time of publishing; the 2012 MKZ Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 38/37 mpg city/highway. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid features include:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • 141-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • 47-hp electric motor for a combined 188-hp
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Similar standard and optional features as non-hybrid MKZ

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Latest 2013 MKZ Hybrid Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Ford has improved tremendously

by Read NADA before the stupid little JD Powers from Salt Lake City, Utah on June 27, 2018

The lincoln brand has German Engineering, and better software than over 80 percent of the market. So please review the new Lincoln and Ford brands, and please move out of the 90's or even 2012 era, ... Read full review

(5.0)

Awesome MKZ

by StevieG from Kalamazoo on March 12, 2018

if you want to drive in comfort with a beautiful waterfall center console, look no further. The hybrid full size mkz is averaging 38mpg. It has electronic gizmos everywhere with a ton of safety ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Base

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

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Overall Evaluation
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

    unlimited months / unlimited distance

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 Hybrid 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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