Lincoln Zephyr

The Lincoln Zephyr is Lincoln’s first entry-level midsize luxury sedan. Introduced in 2006, the Zephyr lasted just one year before being replaced by the Lincoln MKZ.

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Lincoln Zephyr Origins

The Zephyr was inspired by the original 1930s model, which was a popular two- and four-door sedan at the time.

The modern Zephyr shares a build with the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. However, Lincoln updated the Zephyr with high-end details, such as the company’s signature chrome grille, an upscale center stack, and standard leather upholstery. The Zephyr also offers options not available on the Fusion or Milan, such as a DVD-based navigation system and ventilated seating.

The Lincoln Zephyr is available in one well-equipped trim level, with a variety of optional upgrades. Many of the Zephyr’s notable features were carried over to the 2007 Lincoln MKZ.

About the Lincoln Zephyr

Aimed at younger buyers, the Lincoln Zephyr became known for its combination of upscale features and sporty handling.

With such amenities as standard leather seats, a premium audio system, and a high-tech navigation system option; the Zephyr provides a more luxurious alternative to the similar Ford Fusion. While smaller than the full-size luxury sedans for which Lincoln is best known, the Zephyr is roomy enough to seat five people comfortably. A 15.8-cubic-foot trunk provides average cargo storage space.

While certainly not a sports car, the Zephyr offers more responsive handling and maneuvering than larger Lincolns, thanks to its reduced size and more modern platform. Its smaller body allows for a zero-to-60-mph-acceleration time of 6.8 seconds and a turning radius of 18.6 feet.

The front-wheel-drive Lincoln Zephyr is powered by a three-liter, 221-horsepower, V-6 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. With its midsize platform, the Zephyr boasts better handling than many of Lincoln’s larger full-size luxury sedans.

Lincoln Zephyr Features

The Lincoln Zephyr was only produced for the 2006 model year. The single-trim 2006 Lincoln Zephyr came equipped with a three-liter, V-8 engine producing 221 horsepower and 205 lb-ft of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission was standard.

Standard equipment on the Lincoln Zephyr includes 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, premium leather upholstery, leather and wood dash trim, leather and wood door trim, a leather and wood steering wheel, a leather and alloy shift knob, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a split-folding rear seat, power-adjustable heated exterior mirrors, seat and mirror memory settings for two drivers, cruise control, a remote trunk release, digital keypad locks, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a six-speaker sound system with six-disc CD player and MP3 playback. Instrumentation includes an analog clock, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, compass, and low fuel level warning system.

Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, traction control, front seat-mounted side airbags, side-curtain airbags, child seat anchors, dusk-sensing headlamps, a rear center three-point seat belt, and a reinforced roof and B-pillars. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the Lincoln Zephyr received four out of five stars for frontal impact, four stars for rear, side impact, and five stars for front, side impact.

No options packages were made available for the Zephyr. However, buyers could add individual options, such as a power sunroof, ventilated seats, HID headlamps, a DVD-based navigation system, and a premium 14-speaker 600-watt THX-II surround sound audio system.

With EPA ratings of 17/26 mpg city/highway, the Lincoln Zephyr’s fuel economy is on par with similar V-6-powered midsize sedans. The vehicle’s gas tank holds 18 gallons of fuel.

The 3,400-pound Lincoln Zephyr measures 190.5 inches in length, 55.9 inches in height, and 72.2 inches in width. Its wheelbase is 107.4 inches. For a midsize vehicle, the Zephyr features a generous amount of cabin space, offering 115.8 cubic feet of passenger volume and 15.8 cubic inches of trunk space. Front passengers receive 38.7 inches of headroom, 42.3 inches of legroom, and 54.1 inches of hip room, while rear passengers receive 37.8 inches of headroom, 37 inches of legroom, and 53.6 inches of hip room.

The Zephyr is available in nine exterior colors and three interior colors. Exterior shades include Black, Oxford White, Charcoal Beige Metallic, Dark Blue Pearl Metallic, Dune Pearl Metallic, Light Sage Metallic, Merlot Metallic, Silver Frost Metallic, and Tungsten Grey Metallic. Premium leather interior colors include Dark Charcoal, Light Stone, and Sand.

Lincoln Zephyr Evolution

Lincoln released its original Lincoln Zephyr in 1936. It was named after the Burlington Zephyr diesel express train. One of Lincoln’s most popular vehicles, the Zephyr once accounted for 80 percent of the company’s sales and helped build Lincoln’s reputation as a luxury brand before the introduction of the famed Lincoln Continental.

The original Lincoln Zephyr was equipped with a V-12 engine and three-speed manual transmission. A convertible option was added in 1938. Though production of the Zephyr ceased in 1940, a number of future Lincolns were built using the Zephyr platform.

Select a Lincoln Zephyr Year

2006 Lincoln Zephyr

Midsize, Sedan

The 2006 Lincoln Zephyr is a brand new midsize luxury sedan that boasts appealing interior and exterior features combined with a modern, yet traditional elegance.