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2012 Lincoln MKZ

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2012 Lincoln MKZ Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.8

The mid-size 2012 Lincoln MKZ sedan shares its platform with its corporate sibling the Ford Fusion, and they are both coming due for a freshening. However, that doesn't detract from the Lincoln MKZ's reliable service history, class-leading efficiency with the Hybrid model and reasonable transaction prices within its category. That category, however, is a moving target. GM, with the Cadillac CTS and Buick LaCrosse and Regal, and Chrysler, with the 300, have been updating their entries. But, for now, the MKZ represents a mid-size luxury car with a good record of reliability and decent efficiency, and at a not-extravagant price.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a mid-size, middle-class, medium-priced sedan with trappings of luxury, then the 2012 Lincoln MKZ has your number. To its credit, the Lincoln MKZ offers a competent drivetrain with its gasoline V6 and class-leading efficiency with its Hybrid.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you believe the design and construction of a luxury car begins with its platform, the Ford Fusion-based 2012 Lincoln MKZ may not be for you.

What's New for 2012

There has been little more than tweaking for the 2012 model of the Lincoln MKZ, a reliable indicator that an all-new MKZ sedan is just over the horizon. In the interim, numerous premium features have been made standard, such as heated and cooled seats. And, as with most Ford passenger vehicles, there remains a huge emphasis on in-car technology, such as SYNC Applink. Finally, there are two new metallic colors: Crystal Champagne and Cinnamon.

Driving the MKZ
Driving Impressions

Despite the competence of the 2012 Lincoln MKZ sedan's Ford-Fusion underpinnings, it will likely not be confused with luxury cars that were engineered to that calling from the beginning. We...

... like the V6 powertrain and its performance, and the 2012 MKZ certainly drives with competence and predictability, but other mid-size luxury entrants offer superior driving experiences. It's competent and smooth enough, if not exciting, and more enthusiastic drivers will undoubtedly shop for something else, while those who do test-drive and choose the MKZ will almost certainly find it to be more than just satisfactory. There is one positive note for hybrid enthusiasts, however: The MKZ Hybrid can travel up to 47 miles per hour on the battery alone.

Hybrid Drivetrain
The 2012 Lincoln MKZ is a leader in its adaptation of a hybrid drivetrain to near-luxury architecture. And the result is compelling, with 191 total system horsepower and an EPA city fuel-economy rating of 41 miles per gallon.

Duratec 3.5 liter V6
An all-aluminum, DOHC V6 producing 263 horsepower while running on 87 octane gasoline is a beautiful thing, and Lincoln offers it. When connected to the standard-equipment 6-speed automatic, the V6 delivers competitive fuel economy, with an EPA city rating of 18 and highway rating of 27.

2012 Lincoln MKZ Details
Interior

Inside the ultra-quiet, premium-quality cabin are generous portions of real wood, aluminum-look trim and chrome accents. Rear-seat space is surprisingly generous, with more than three feet of legroom. The trunk is a best-in-class 15.8 cubic feet, with a flat floor and low lift-over height for easy access, and the compact decklid hinges won't crush or interfere with your cargo. The class-exclusive standard 60/40-split rear seats fold flat, with a convenient pop-down spring assist, for easy storage access or to extend the cargo floor straight through from rear deck to front seats.

Exterior
2012 Lincoln MKZ photo

To its credit, Lincoln's design team has done a credible job in crafting a Lincoln "look" onto the platform the MKZ shares with the Ford Fusion. The front end does not lack for chrome and the prominent Lincoln "waterfall" grille wraps into the headlamps with a distinctive appearance. And, whether you like or don't like chromed alloy wheels, those on the MKZ are rather pleasant.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Lincoln's record of reliability is perhaps one of the 2012 MKZ's most notable items of "standard equipment," as J.D. Power has cited the Lincoln MKZ for its very low number of problems per 100 vehicles - and this was out of 35 brands. On the hardware front, Lincoln's product team offers LincolnSYNC, which provides an "omnipresent link to contacts and information." Lincoln's Premium Sound System provides nine speakers and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (and a 6-month subscription). And standard heated and cooled front seats should play well in Alaska, Arizona and, depending upon the time of year, just about anywhere in between.

Optional Equipment

Useful options for the 2012 Lincoln MKZ include the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and a rear-view camera; both are available with Lincoln's optional Navigation Package. And, for those living in places where the weather can be difficult, the MKZ's available all-wheel drive (AWD) is an easy way to enhance all-season safety. Finally, a Sport Appearance Package adds 18-inch wheels and tires, a sport-tuned suspension and numerous interior and exterior appearance enhancements.

Under the Hood

The MKZ sedan's 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve aluminum Duratec 3.5-liter V6 delivers 263 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque through a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission. The Duratec V6 boasts variable intake-valve timing, a dual-plenum intake manifold and a relatively-high 10.3:1 compression ratio to optimize its balance of performance and efficiency. The MKZ's hybrid drivetrain combines a 2.5-liter DOHC in-line 4-cylinder with 156 horsepower and 135 lb-ft of torque, matched with an electric motor rated at 106 horsepower. The result is 191 total system horsepower and a city EPA rating of 41 miles per gallon.



3.5-liter V6
263 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm
249 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (front-wheel drive); 17/25 (AWD)


2.5-liter inline 4 (hybrid)
156 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
136 lb-ft of torque @ 2,250 rpm
Electric AC Synchronous Motor
106 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
191 Total System Horsepower
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 41/36

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2012 Lincoln MKZ Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 226 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

ONE OF THE BEST VEHICLES I HAVE DRIVEN AT HIGHWAY

By on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,250

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "nice ride"

Cons: "u-turn turning raius (wide)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The only thing I would change is at low speed like in parking lots of when making u-turns I find it has a very wide turning radius which I find is a problem at times. I drive many different vehicle as a auto technician for over 42 years but overall great car with power and stability"

worse car ever

By on Friday, January 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "nice looking car"

Cons: "car is no good"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"there is so much wrong with this car headliner to short for car which is making the headliner com down in the front and the back of the car......the brake system is the worse ......most of the time its so hard to stop the car....almost ran in the back of another car a few times......the ride is awful....worst car ever had .....its not worth the money....."

7 people out of 29 found this review helpful

worse car i ever had

By on Saturday, January 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "gas mileage"

Cons: "everything else"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This car has only two pluses...gas mileage and color. Every part of it is difficult to deal with. Key is sensitive to the touch so the doors lock with out you knowing it. Have to take you eyes of the road to change the lights if not on automatic, to change air temp, to check compass. Can't back out of a parking place with out tons of beeps. Lincoln HQ got a 6pages letter about all of this cars issues."

8 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Brakes are noisy

By on Saturday, October 3, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great Looks Inside and Out, comfortable"

Cons: "Disappointed in gas mileage for a V-6;brakes noisy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Brakes are noisy especially in colder weather; not a big problem; have had it looked at by dealer--says no problem; feel in a car that sold new for almost $37,000 (although I purchased used in 2013) brakes should not be noisy; previously owned a 2001 Lincoln Continental V-8 which had in-town gas mileage of around 16 and highway around 20; disappointed in the MKZ gas mileage for a V-6---in-town around 15; highway around 19; I don't drive much these days (only about 8,000 miles in 2 years) so gas mileage not a huge issue BUT feel it should be much better"

8 people out of 17 found this review helpful

really like this car

By on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car. Comfortable"

Cons: "SYNC"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love this car but hate the SYNC that Ford products have. I will change to a GM car so that I can have Onstar again."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

50K miles I've had no repairs, zero.

By on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great dealer service"

Cons: "No complaints"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have replaced the cabin filter which I believe cost $45.00...that's it. I have a 72 month, 100,000 mile warranty on the car and have used none of it."

21 people out of 29 found this review helpful

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