Lincoln MKZ

The Lincoln MKZ is an entry-level midsize luxury sedan introduced as a replacement for the Lincoln Zephyr in 2007. The MKZ boasted a number of improvements over the Zephyr, including available all-wheel drive, an updated appearance, and a more powerful engine.

Lincoln renamed the Zephyr after just one year in production in order to more closely align the sedan with other vehicles in the brand’s MK series. Like its predecessor, the five-passenger MKZ shares a build with the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan and boasts a multitude of luxury features.

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Lincoln MKZ Origins

The Lincoln MKZ debuted with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine producing 263 horsepower; this was a 42-horsepower increase over the Zephyr. In 2011, Lincoln added a hybrid option. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid comes fitted with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle hybrid engine with regenerative braking and an all-electric drive mode.

MKZ models equipped with the standard V-6 engine are available with a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The hybrid engine is available only with front-drive. V-6 models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission offering a manual shifting feature, while hybrid models feature an E-CVT automatic transmission with all-electric mode.

About the Lincoln MKZ

The Lincoln MKZ is known for its entry-level luxury features, family-friendly interior, and available hybrid engine.

The hybrid MKZ is equipped with the same Atkinson-cycle inline-four engine and electric motor combination that powers the Ford Fusion Hybrid. The engine generates a total output of 190 horsepower and is EPA-rated at 41/36 mpg city/highway. The ability to reach speeds of up to 47 mph while in all-electric mode gives the engine its impressive city mileage.

While similar in appearance to the Ford Fusion, the Lincoln MKZ offers a wider selection of premium details and amenities. Standard features on all models include 17-inch alloy wheels, Bridge of Weir leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a nine-speaker audio system with six-disc CD changer.

The MKZ’s cabin offers some of the most generous space available in a midsize sedan, with front passengers receiving 38.7 inches of head room, 42.3 inches of leg room, and 54.0 inches of hip room and rear passengers receiving 37.8 inches of headroom, 36.7 inches of leg room, and 53.5 inch of hip room. However, because of its rear-housed battery, the hybrid model offers just 11.8 cubic feet of trunk space compared to the 16.5 cubic feet of space provided by V-6 models.

Lincoln MKZ Features

The 2012 Lincoln MKZ is offered in three trim levels. The front-drive and all-wheel drive trims come standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine producing 263 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque, while the MKZ Hybrid comes equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine producing 191 net horsepower. V-6 models are paired to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. Hybrids are paired to an E-CVT transmission.

Standard exterior features on all 2012 Lincoln MKZ models include Lincoln’s distinctive chrome split-wing grille, chrome door handles, a chrome-tipped exhaust system, chrome beltline molding, quad-beam headlamps with auto delay controls, LED taillights, fog lights, heated power-adjustable exterior mirrors, reverse sensors, and a capless fuel filler.

Standard interior features include Bridge of Weir leather upholstery, genuine wood trim, heated and ventilated front seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a leather and wood steering wheel with audio and cruise control buttons, a manual tilt-and-telescopic steering column, remote trunk release, dual-zone automatic climate control, a cabin air filtration system, a rear window defroster, keyless entry, satellite radio accessibility, a Sync hands-free multimedia interface, and a nine-speaker 360-watt sound system with six-disc CD changer and MP3 playback. The MKZ also features Ford’s new smart key technology, which allows owners to set programmable speed and radio volume limits for young drivers.

The MKZ can be upgraded with individual options such as a power sunroof, adaptive HID headlamps, remote start, a voice-activated navigation system with traffic and travel information, and a premium 14-speaker 600-watt surround sound audio system.

A Sport Package available for V-6 models adds a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, leather seats with contrasting tuxedo seams and piping, aluminum interior trim, a unique chrome grille with black bars, body-color door handles, and distinctive badges.

Five additional packages are available for all models. The Navigation Package bundles a navigation system, blind-spot information system, rearview camera, and premium surround sound system. The Ultimate Package adds 17-inch nine-spoke aluminum wheels, the premium audio system, the navigation system, a sunroof, HID headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot information system, and a rearview camera. The Executive Package updates the interior with unique stitching, wood instrument-panel accents, suede seat inserts, and premium floor mats. Other packages add chrome wheels, a sunroof, and interior aluminum trim.

Lincoln MKZ Evolution

As with later models, the first-generation Lincoln MKZ was offered in front-drive and all-wheel drive systems. All vehicles were powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

In 2008, Lincoln expanded standard luxury features to include heated and cooled front seats and satellite radio. Electronic stability control became standard in 2009. 2010 brought a revised interior and exterior, more convenience features, and an optional Sport Package which added a sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels.

Lincoln added a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine to the MKZ lineup in 2011.

Select a Lincoln MKZ Year

2019 Lincoln MKZ

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

2017 Lincoln MKZ

Midsize, Sedan

2016 Lincoln MKZ

Midsize, Sedan

2015 Lincoln MKZ

Midsize, Sedan

2014 Lincoln MKZ

Midsize, Sedan

2013 Lincoln MKZ

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

2012 Lincoln MKZ

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

Available for the first time, the 2012 MKZ will come available with AppLink with Sync. AppLink will allow users to operate their favorite smartphone apps through SYNC's hands-free interface. The MKZ gas and hybrid models will both offer heated seats as standard equipment, and two new colors are available for the 2012 model year: Cinnamon and Crystal Champagne.

2011 Lincoln MKZ

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ is a stylish, midsize, four-door sedan.

2010 Lincoln MKZ

Midsize, Sedan

The MKZ was restyled for 2010 along with its Ford and Mercury brethren, receiving a 1941 Continental-inspired front end similar to that of the larger MKS. The interior of the car has also been updated, with a focus on creating a quieter and better appointed cabin. Additionally, the 2010 MKZ's transmission receives new gear ratios and a slightly revised engine, though power output remains unchanged.

2009 Lincoln MKZ

Midsize, Sedan

2008 Lincoln MKZ

Midsize, Sedan

The 2008 Lincoln MKZ, a midsize premium sedan, basically serves as a Ford Fusion with restyling inside and out and a boost of 42 horsepower.

2007 Lincoln MKZ

Midsize, Sedan

Last year’s Lincoln Zephyr, a midsize sedan, was renamed the Lincoln MKZ – Lincoln’s attempt to closely align its cars with a newer naming system.