2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Review

The 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gets excellent fuel economy for the class and reviewers said it has plenty of pep, though many agreed that other upscale midsize cars offer more luxurious interiors.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Comfortable ride
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Small trunk




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 7.9
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2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Overview

The 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is powered by a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Reviewers wrote that the MKZ Hybrid transitions smoothly between gas and electric power and has plenty of power. The MKZ Hybrid comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and some critics noted that it hesitates before responding to throttle inputs. According to the EPA, the 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gets 41/36 mpg city/highway, which is decent for a hybrid and excellent for an upscale midsize car. Test drivers wrote that the MKZ Hybrid has a very comfortable ride and stays relatively flat during cornering. Some reviewers thought the brake pedal isn’t very smooth, but that is a common complaint about regenerative braking systems in hybrids.

Several reviewers said the 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’s interior design and materials are too similar to those found in the Ford Fusion, and added that the overall look is too down-market for this class, with bland, hard plastic trim. Critics wrote that the MKZ Hybrid’s front seats are comfortable and roomy, and they said the rear seat is spacious as well. At 11.8 cubic feet, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has a small trunk for the class. Standard features in the 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid include leather upholstery, front seats that are power-adjustable, heated and ventilated, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a USB port, a nine-speaker stereo system and the SYNC system with Bluetooth and voice commands for various music and phone functions. Available features include a moonroof, a rearview camera, navigation and a THX surround-sound system. Reviewers appreciated the MKZ Hybrid’s SmartGauge system, which helps you see how efficiently you’re driving.

Other Cars to Consider

Automotive journalists agreed that the 2012 Lexus HS 250h has a premium and attractive cabin. Though the HS can't quite match the MKZ Hybrid's fuel economy, its EPA rating of 35/34 mpg city/highway is still quite good for the class as a whole.

The plug-in hybrid 2012 Chevrolet Volt can travel 35 miles on electric power alone and its gasoline engine kicks in for longer trips or when the battery is depleted. Reviewers were impressed with the Volt’s strong highway acceleration and composed handling, as well as its high-end cabin materials and clean design.

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