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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Notable 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.
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
Notably, both FWD gasoline and FWD Hybrid models of the 2012 Lincoln MKZ have base Manufacturer's Suggest Retail Prices (MSRPs) of roughly $35,000. Adding all-wheel drive - which isn't available on the hybrid model - will cost just under $2,000. To its credit, Lincoln provides a lengthy list of standard equipment for the MKZ, so necessary options are relatively few. We "built" an all-wheel drive 2012 Lincoln MKZ online and were "out the door" for under $40,000, plus taxes, title and license fees and not including any negotiation in the purchase price. Be sure and check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the 2012 MKZ. As equipped, the window sticker is in line with the Lexus ES 350, Cadillac CTS and Chrysler's 300C. If you consider, however, the real cost of ownership as including the effects of the trade-in value, the Lincoln will fall short of its direct domestic competition, and will be even further short of models from Acura, Audi or Infiniti.
Lincoln MKZ Consumer Reviews
December 04, 2018
Ford motors does everything right
This car is just perfect! The ones equipped with AWD are amazing in snow.
September 03, 2018
One of the best auto I have own. Super driving
Handles very well. Highway gas mileage averages about 27-28 mpg. In town 15/16 mpg. I have driven it about 40/50K miles. Great Auto ...
April 13, 2018
good value on a domestic luxury car
The cabin is quite quiet with very little outside road sound. There is enough power to enter interstate highways with confidence and to...
August 22, 2017
I hope this Lincoln lasts forever because the design is absolutely beautiful, much better than the new models that look like Hondas with...
August 19, 2017
I am over 70 and have owned many cars over the years and this 2008 Lincoln is the best of all of them. When I bought it I purchased an...
April 20, 2017
Outstanding Unheralded Hybrid
Have owned this 5 years & 2 weeks.I am 6ft1, 270+ & have plenty of seat & wheel adjustment.Headroom is good.Very comfortable to drive or...
February 22, 2017
Bought this at Varsity Lincoln. Great Experience! Certified pre owned.
January 16, 2017
Best vehicle I have ever owned!
I have the V6 engine which is very responsive at all speed ranges. The car is equipped with every option except moon roof. The...
December 21, 2016
Great Used Car
This car has been serviced every 5000 miles since purchased new. Has only had one owner. It has 2 new tires on the rear. Just had a...
September 14, 2016
This car was driven only by my wife. Great vehicle
You will think the car is brand new when you see it. Always parked in garage. GPS-----------Back up warning--------warranty has 2 years...