2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    40 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 available
  • Unique styling
  • Excellent attention to details
  • Quiet ride

The Bad

  • Touch-sensitive controls
  • Voice-control reliability
  • Rear-seat headroom
  • Lack of luxury feel inside

Notable Features of the 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

  • Turbo four-cylinder or V-6 engine
  • Gas-electric hybrid available for same price as gas-only model
  • Push-button automatic transmission standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Inflatable rear seat belts available

2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine, an electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries and a continuously variable automatic transmission. It gets an EPA-estimated 41 mpg in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 40 mpg.

What's Special

  • New EcoSelect selectable driving mode for enhanced efficiency
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Total system output of 188 horsepower
  • Same starting price as gas-only MKZ
  • Similar standard and available features as regular MKZ

Here's info on the regular MKZ:

The Lincoln MKZ midsize sedan shares its platform with the Ford Fusion but has different styling and unique features, including an automatic transmission operated by dashboard buttons instead of a shift lever. It is available with front- or all-wheel drive and with a turbocharged four-cylinder or V-6 engine. A hybrid version is also offered. Competitors include the Acura TLX and Lexus ES.

New for 2016
There are no significant changes.

Significant Standard Features

  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Heated front seats
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Sync and MyLincoln Touch with 8-inch screen
  • Remote start
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • All-wheel drive
  • Leathe...
Vehicle Overview

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine, an electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries and a continuously variable automatic transmission. It gets an EPA-estimated 41 mpg in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 40 mpg.

What's Special

  • New EcoSelect selectable driving mode for enhanced efficiency
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Total system output of 188 horsepower
  • Same starting price as gas-only MKZ
  • Similar standard and available features as regular MKZ

Here's info on the regular MKZ:

The Lincoln MKZ midsize sedan shares its platform with the Ford Fusion but has different styling and unique features, including an automatic transmission operated by dashboard buttons instead of a shift lever. It is available with front- or all-wheel drive and with a turbocharged four-cylinder or V-6 engine. A hybrid version is also offered. Competitors include the Acura TLX and Lexus ES.

New for 2016
There are no significant changes.

Significant Standard Features

  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Heated front seats
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Sync and MyLincoln Touch with 8-inch screen
  • Remote start
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • All-wheel drive
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Retracting panoramic roof
  • Navigation system
  • Heated steering wheel
  • THX II-certified premium stereo
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Inflatable rear seat belts

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great Gas milage

by Erick2268 from MI on July 13, 2018

Rides very nice, looks stylish, great on gas all around good car. I wish the gas tank was a little larger. Just think for a car this size the could put in a few more gallons. Read full review

(4.0)

Beautiful and sleek

by Lkirk from ANderson,SC on February 12, 2018

Love this car overall but I don't get anywhere near the mileage that they quote, even though I have been driving a Hybrid for 5 years. The drivers and passenger front seat are extremely comfortable. ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 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

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Lincoln
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    unlimited months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    200-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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