2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

How does 41 city mpg/36 highway sound for a midsize luxury sedan that offers a long list of interior bells and whistles? If that grabbed your attention, then test drive the 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Or, if you can wait until late fall, an all-new 2013 model ups the fuel economy numbers to an expected 47 city/44 highway.

But let’s get back to the 2012 model, a car that gets better fuel economy than anything else in its class.

Last year, Ford officials were quoted as saying it wants as much as 25 percent of its global fleet to be powered by motors and batteries by 2020. The company expects 75 percent of those vehicles to be conventional hybrids – and the rest made up of pure electric cars or plug-in hybrids.

The 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is a good example of how Ford is scaling up to reach its target—by spreading its best electric-drive technology across common platforms. Instead of dreaming up a brand new purpose-built gas-electric vehicle for its Lincoln luxury nameplate, Ford migrated the technology from its award-winning Ford Fusion Hybrid to the MKZ.

Following in Tracks of Ford Fusion Hybrid

With the hybrid powertrain for the Fusion mid-size sedan in the barn, it was a no brainer to extend it to the Lincoln MKZ. Under the hood is Ford’s second-generation Hybrid Powersplit drivetrain. Cutting through the engineering-speak, this means a 156 horsepower, 2.5-liter lean-burning, Atkinson cycle gasoline engine sharing motivational tasks with a 106 horsepower AC electric motor. A planetary gear set transmits the blended output to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT) that directs the power to the front wheels.

Differences in the torque curves of the gas engine and electric motor means that the system’s output is 191 hp, a more than adequate amount of power for a midsize sedan. Ford doesn’t publish torque numbers for the electric motor, but the four-cylinder engine produces 136 pounds-feet.

As a parallel, or “full,” hybrid system, the MKZ Hybrid is able to operate under pure-electric power only, gasoline power only, or a combination of the two. The system makes all the decisions: when to engage motor, engine, or both. When the 275-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery pack is fully charged, the car can operate as an electric vehicle (EV) up to 47 mph for around two miles before the gas engine kicks in. And, unlike other hybrid vehicles, you don’t have to drive like Miss Daisy to reach the electric top speed.

The judgment of the MKZ’s hybrid powertrain by auto critics, not unexpectedly, parallels the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Car and Driver stated, “When we recognized the Fusion hybrid as a 10Best winner in 2010, we noted that ‘you can drive it for fun (a hybrid first) or for mileage — which is also fun. “This applies verbatim to the MKZ hybrid.” As for the transition from electric motor to gas engine, CNET said it “was almost imperceptible.”

2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

As for ride and handling, reviewers have been mostly positive. Motor Trend had this to say: “Off-center steering motions are Lexus-liquidy; the ride’s absorbency suggests the sponges in the suspension are from Neiman Marcus; and the brake pedal says this is a luxury car being stopped with virtually no regen-braking sensation.” And Popular Mechanics’ reviewer said, “As Lincolns go, the MKZ has always been a fairly flat-cornering machine, and the hybrid version of the sedan is no different.”

Exterior and Interior

The MKZ was restyled for 2010 and continues with no changes for the 2012 model year. The only thing that distinguishes the hybrid from the gasoline MKZ is small hybrid badges on the front doors and trunk lid. Up front is a trademark Lincoln bold waterfall grille that mimics the Lincoln MKS, which was in turn inspired by the styling of the Lincoln MKR concept. With the more rounded sheetmetal up front, the grille blends well with the unchanged main bodywork. In back, wide, low taillights – another long-standing styling trademark – are separated by a bit of sheetmetal and ornamented with the Lincoln logo, mirroring the front styling.
Overall, the car is sensibly proportioned with just the right amount of chrome accents. Designers added it like a woman adds pearls to a black dress.

The cabin follows the Fusion Hybrid’s layout, and while it is more upscale, reviewers have panned the design, which they say is behind the benchmarks set by other luxury class automakers. “Unfortunately, while the mechanicals in the MKZ Hybrid are as solid as can be,” says Popular Mechanics, “the interior falls far short of what we’ve come to expect from Ford’s designers.”

2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

That said, the cabin can be described as business-class luxury, conveying the attributes of simplicity. Leather, climate controlled seating is superb and the 10-way power driver’s seat teams up with the fully adjustable steering column to produce an excellent driving position for people of all statures.

The list of features available with Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is extensive: SYNC (Ford’s voice-activated communications and entertainment system); adaptive HID headlamps; 10-way power seats; heated and cooled front seats; reverse sensing system; keyless entry; capless fuel-filler; a suite of safety features including dual-stage front air bags; parental key systems to limit speed and audio volume for teens; and integrated spotter mirrors.

Let’s not overlook the wood trim using eco-friendly veneers from “well-managed forests” and the standard “Bridge of Weir” leather seats, which show off the character of the grain and use a chromium-free tanning process.

2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Like the Fusion Hybrid, the Lincoln features what Ford calls the SmartGauge. It helps the driver to learn specific techniques to achieve higher efficiency. The dashboard interface offers feedback to the driver—both visual and sound. In other words, it actually talks to you. The gauge cluster is comprised of dual hi-resolution LCD screens to display instantaneous mileage and fuel economy history—as well as key data including battery charge, engine output and accessory power consumption.

The Lincoln version enhances the animation of a vine of leaves that grows as the driver(s) becomes more efficient over time by adding white apple blossoms. When the entire bouquet of five blossoms is shown, the driver has saved about 200 gallons of gas, or 4000 pounds of CO2, according to Lincoln. To prevent sensory overload, the system allows the driver to decide how much information to see, and what can be ignored.

Kiss Hybrid Premium Good-bye

When introduced in the fall of 2010 as a 2011 model, Lincoln did something no other car company had done, priced the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid the same as the gasoline-powered model. That carries over for the 2012 edition and buyers can select either for the starting price of $34,755.

The consistent criticism levied against hybrids is their additional cost compared to similar conventional vehicles. Hybrid critics acknowledge that gas-electric cars save gas, but they say the additional cost – in some cases, thousands of dollars more—means that consumers will not recoup the premium during their ownership period. That argument is erased if the hybrid version is offered at the same price as the conventional gas-powered car—or if the premium is only a couple hundred dollars. The hybrid premium argument is similarly erased if a popular high-volume vehicle is only offered as a hybrid.

2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

For buyers considering a Lincoln MKZ, the hybrid model makes for an easy choice. The only compelling reason to choose the gasoline MKZ over the hybrid, it would seem, is if you drive on snowy or icy roads and choose the optional all-wheel drive.

The MKZ Hybrid faces only one midsize luxury hybrid competitor: the Lexus HS 250h. While both are four-door sedans, the MKZ offers considerably more interior space, delivers better fuel economy – plus 6 mpg city, plus 2 mpg highway – and costs $2,275 less than the Lexus. Motor Trend put it this way, “The main bogey for the MKZ Hybrid is the Lexus HS 250h, and Lincoln has come out with guns blazing, pushing the Lincoln’s better fuel economy, and the fact that it has more standard luxury, technology and safety features than the Lexus.”

If you are not dead set on buying luxury, take a look the MKZ’s blue jeans brother, the Ford Fusion Hybrid. While the Lincoln’s interior is more refined, they both have the same hybrid powertrain that delivers equal fuel economy. The difference between the two? The Fusion Hybrid is $6,000 less.

2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

The MKZ makes a good impression, graced as it is with good manners, high-tech galore and fashionably outfitted with the top-of-the-line leather and wood. Add 41 mpg in the city and that earns it a place on your shopping list if you’re looking for great hybrid technology in a luxury package.

Should You Wait For The 2013 MKZ Hybrid?

Wait for the 2013 MKZ Hybrid if you want the advances in fuel economy, high-tech gear and safety features that accompany an all-new design. Waiting will also mean the car’s styling will look current for several years and it will be worth more at resale than the outgoing 2012 model. But factor in the strong likelihood that the 2013 MKZ Hybrid will cost more than the 2012 model and the possibility the hybrid version may be priced at a higher price than the new gasoline model.

2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

If you don’t place a premium on the latest styling or technology buy, the 2012 MKZ Hybrid, it will serve you well. Plus, you can save money with the expected manufacturer incentives and dealer discounts as inventories of the 2012 model are cleared out to make way for the 2013 MKZ Hybrid.

Prices are Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) at time of publication and do not include destination charges, taxes or licensing.


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2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
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  • Charles

    One more hybrid I will not buy, but it does look like it would beat the hell out of the Lexus HS 250h. Now can Ford start talking about bringing over the Spanish built hybrids that Europe will get in 2013? A Grand C-Max hybrid could get me to open up my check book.

  • ConJunTuraL

    hummm… How much CO2?!

  • Nelson Lu

    ConjunTuraL, that depends on how much you drive it and in what way. Based on the EPA’s assumptions (15000 miles/yr., 55 city), they estimated the Fusion Hybrid at 4.8 tons per year. Since the MKZ Hybrid’s powertrain is the same, it should be the same amount, too. That’s better than any other car on the market other than the Prius and the Insight. (The Insight, particular, is only very slightly less, at 4.6, and is much, much smaller.) (Yes, I am aware of the Mini-E and the Clarity; I don’t consider either of them to be “on the market.” Meanwhile, the Civic GX is at 5.6; the Smart fortwo is at 5.2.)

  • Samie

    Outstanding work by Ford!

    Hope that the upgrade to the 2012 Hybrid Escape will be in lines with the great engineering work done on the 2010 Hybrid Fusion. If costs continue to decline, will we see a Hybrid Fusion, MSRP for $24,950-26,950?

    Anyways in the last few years I like what I have been seeing from Hyundai & Ford. Nissan not sure yet if they can breakout from the shadow of Toyota, we will see…

  • Anonymous

    sooo…. is this going to be same as fusion hybrid with no folding rear seats? that’s a killer if it’s not an option.

  • Nelson Lu

    The HS 250h also doesn’t have a folding seat, so that is not a reason to pick it over the MKZ.

  • Anonymous

    i’d not pick any cars with no folding seats, it’s just too limiting base on my current experience

  • roger

    Smart people will buy this car. I am smart. $35k for a lux car, leather and every option, that goes 700 miles on a tank of gas?
    Regular gas.?
    40+ mpg in the city?
    If you understand value and luxury, this it it. There is no other.

  • ACM

    I’m glad to see more hybrid choices that AREN’T rolling political statements.

    Ford is on target with their line of hybrids that are first and foremost, real cars with real style and practicality. Hybrids for people who could care less about making a statement and care more about how it suits their needs and desires in everyday use. This is especially true with the MKZ Hybrid, which costs very close to the same as the normal one. I remember a Ford TV ad for the Escape Hybrid. It had a conversation between a father and daughter:

    Girl: “Daddy, can you drop me off a few blocks away?”
    Dad: “Why, sweetie?”
    Girl: “Because everyone downtown is all riding bikes and driving hybrids and stuff.”
    Dad: “Well, this is a hybrid.”
    Girl: “Really?…[pause]…Why don’t you ever tell anyone?”
    Dad: “I never thought I needed to.”

    I’d like to buy a hybrid, but refuse to drive a vehicle that loudly expresses any political views (Prius, I’m looking at you!). Show me a hybrid that is not a rolling statement and costs the same as its normal counterpart and you’ll sell me a new car. I think Ford will do very well with this Lincoln.

  • Just sayin’

    Great in every way except my wife says it looks about as exciting as a Toyota Avalon. That was as far as it got here.

  • Bill Clausen

    Just last night I was talking to a dealer about folding back seats and I was told the MKZ hybrid seats fold, but not flat.

  • Tom K

    I drove a MKZ hybrid last weekend.I’m buying one.My wife wouldn’t get out of the back seat it was too comfortable.Even if it doesn’t fold down.

  • JAR

    I’m currently driving a 2008 Cadillac CTS V6 Performance Sedan and I am starting my search for a new vehicle – probably around March of 2011…thinking of looking for a hybrid but still want a little luxury. I’ve only seen these on line…I’ll have to find one to test drive.

  • old lincoln user

    Just read about linc hybrid in newspaper. Lots of info missing. Uses reg gas? Warranty on batteries? Time to recharge after battery level down to gas switchover? Does gas engine direct drive car or recharge batteries that power propulsion all the time?

  • Anonymous

    The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is a conventional hybrid, so you don’t recharge it from an electric outlet. The system it uses is just like the Fusion Hybrid. You only get really small stretches of all-electric driving, like a few blocks at best, and most of the driving comes from gas-powered engine. It’s really efficient by it’s not a plug-in car. It uses regular gas. I think the battery warranty is 8 years/100k miles in most parts of country, and 10 yrs/150k in California.

  • SabriAyaz

    I can not imagine any car in the USA market that could top this car for price+luxury. It looks and drives great!

  • Jay

    Bought one a month ago, one of the best cars I have ever owned, both in terms of quality of build, quite operation, and amazing efficiency, even on the first tank of gas it got over 36 miles per gallon on average, and on many trips it gets over 41 mpg. On one very short trip to a local store it got over 99 mpg because it used battery power for the entire short trip! The reaction of all of my friends when they see the inside is very positive, in terms of a high quality luxury space.

  • Scott

    Just purchased a MKZ Hybrid and drove it 600 miles home. This is an exceptionally well built car that runs and drives as though it is a conventional gasoline engine model. As with hybrids in general, getting used to no noise when starting takes a bit of getting used to. Fit and finish of all parts is very good, quality of most materials very high (exception being the plastic surrounding the console between the front seats), and the ride and handling consistent with other similar luxury cars. We test drove the Lexus HS 250h, and had several calls from the local dealer offering great deals, but there is simply no comparison between the two – the MKZ is a much more refined automobile and a relative bargain compared to the HS.

  • chuckhumprey

    Who would not get captivated with a luxury car costing $35 with a good mileage. I’ve also seen its auto repair manual and I can say that this car is really well built. I would not think twice about buying this car.

  • RickyLaw

    woot. that interior leather is what i want in my Yamaha Raptor 250r (Just the sit).

  • Mikeey ArrowHead !

    This Caar iS Tiqqht Br0ssskieeeee ! ( =

  • StanS

    I’m seriously considering this car to replace an ’05 HAH (that has performed very well over these past 6 years).

    Re: pricing … dealers will “dicker” on the MKZ price, but not so much on the hybrid. An example; a Miami area dealer had a fully loaded MKZ on the showroom ($41,000+) for $34,800. The hybrid I’m looking at has an MSRP of $40,500 (w/ nav. pkg.) and I’ve been quoted an out-the-door price of $40,000; which includes the 6% state sales tax + license fees.

    Also, there seems to be about a $10,000 “premium” for the Lincoln MKZ hybrid vs. the For Fusion hybrid.

  • StanS

    The Ford/ Lincoln uses reg. gas. 10 year, 80,000 mi. warranty on battery & elect. motor.

    (I’ve owned 2 hybrid cars w/ combined life of 9 years … no problems so far).

  • Dragon man

    I know that you made your statement about the folding back seat 49 weeks ago but I still have to make a rebutle. Where do you think the batteries are? Why they are right behind the back seat. Is there some reason that you want to look at them?

  • Thomas Rosquin

    I am about to test drive the mkz hybrid. I have been following the Ford trio (mkz, fusion, milan) for awhile and am pleased to say they rule! But now that the Lexus CT 200h is around, the title as most fuel efficient luxury car is in Jeopardy. But the MKZ does match the http://www.gasmileageace.com 2011-hyundai-sonata-hybrid-gas-mileage Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Gas Mileage figures at 39 MPG.

  • dr.hubato!

    The MKZ is a sik lookin’ car. I’ve always wanted an RX-8 again but recently decided that I would take an MKZ over the RX-8. Just started car searching because I am getting a job that requires a lot of driving and come to find out the MKZ is a freakin’ efficient Hybrid!?! That’s so awesome!!! I’m getting one-

  • StanS

    Just bought this baby … 750 miles on it in the past two weeks. Absolutely LOVE this car! It averages about 35 mpg so far.

    Ride and handling are a big improvement over my ’05 Accord Hybrid.

    A couple of things that “bug” me, tho …

    The hood and trunk are steel (not aluminum) and very heavy.
    Lifting the hood and using the swing-arm to secure it, I thought I
    was back in the 60′s!

    Also, instead of the numbered keypad on the driver’s door, why not keyless entry and ignition like all the MODERN cars. Why am I still carrying a key?

  • Twinwillow

    I bought my loaded MKZ hybrid ($40,500) about 5 weeks ago. I have about 1,100 miles on it. I’ve only filled the tank three times since taking delivery. My biggest complaint is the same as StanS. “Why am I still carrying a key”???
    I love the quality and luxurious ride. I traded a 2007 Jaguar XK convertible and the MKZ has it all over the Jag in the softer and more compliant ride. But, I miss the keyless, push button start of my Jag.
    The technology is great. I love the voice activated, “everything”. And, large touch screen. And, I especially love the 10 gig hard drive. I’ve loaded about 15 cd’s and there is still room for many more. Although, It would have been better if I had gone to MIT so I could understand how to program all the features but, I’m getting it. Slowly but, getting it. My dealer (Park Cities Ford & Lincoln in Dallas) couldn’t be better. They’ve called at least 5 times asking if I’m happy and if I had any issues or need any help understanding all the electronic technology. I’ve still haven’t hit that magic 41 MPG mark yet. Actually, I haven’t gotten more than about 31 MPG around town. But It’s been 3 digit temps all summer in Dallas so the A/C is on constantly. Plus, most of my driving has been all short trips. Hopefully, I’ll see better milage this fall.
    The body style screams, “old man”. But inside, everything is “young man”.

  • Jewell

    Do you still recommend the car after this length of time. I have never owned a Hybrid and I am looking at one.,

  • Jaymzs

    I have owned my MKZ Hybrid w/ tux package for about 8 months, OMG, I have had so many new cars and this is the one! I added a smart start together with the droid, hitting triple dig temps and leaving my dogs in the car now and then while I stop to shop, together with warm ups and cool downs “auto start” I am averaging 36.2mpg, its pretty easy to get the 40+ and I’m not a slouch !
    They need to advertise these cars more! My neighbor is less aggressive and he gets 48 to 54 around town. He doesn’t use the air much , windows down , but are you kidding me? I SEEN IT . I am very please with my new American car!

  • Har

    I have had the fully loaded 2011 MKZ for a year.
    For the year including the Chicago winter I am averaging 40.9 miles per gallon. Everyone who has ridden in the car comments how smooth the ride is.
    It is easy to get in the 40′s during the summer with this car.
    It is quiet and it has a good nav system and outstanding sound.
    Yes, the seats are pretty bland and the truck space barely fits the 24″ suitcase, but I have driven for 40 years and this car puts it all together. And it is an American car.

  • santiago

    I got my new mkz hyb this last saturday and in just five days with my first tank just hit the 41 mpg,,he he he i’m jappy as a worm.

  • Amanda

    Is this only a man’s car? Will I look ridiculous driving this car if I am a single woman?

  • Jules Rimet

    This MKZ is definately one hybrid I would personally buy. And the pricing… I suppose I gotta gave Ford my 2 thumbs for pricing the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid the same as the gasoline-powered model. Some 2012 car reviews says that the price difference is being washed away and that something which no other car manufacturer dare to do. If you are smart enough like I do, then save this one for your garage.

  • Anonymous

    Me and my girlfriend just love our new mkz,we both drive it all. The time,best car yet for sure.

  • brad zerkel

    I am a conservative who drove a Prius because I liked getting a lot for my money. But being over fifty, tall and over 260 pounds, I wanted something more luxurious and roomier. I found it in the MKZ hybrid. I love this car, it is elegant and is so quiet on the road. Some honesty is needed however. It is not as roomy as you would expect from a luxury car and the trunk has a cheap feel to it. I have never gotten over 35 mpg in combined city/highway use. But the biggest complaint I have is my wife loves it so much that now she drives it and I am back in the Prius. Between the two cars we save over $5,000 annually on our fuel bills (we average over 60,000 miles per year) which almost covers the payment for the MKZ. I had to drive over 500 miles to find the color and package I desired, so do your homework and buy one.

  • Solo

    Well, I finally located a dealer with a 2012 in stock and had a chance to drive it and the Ford Fusion back-to-back. This is my first experience with a hybrid and the two cars drove exactly the same. There was just a slight bit more road noise with the Fusion, and I heard some wind noise at the front door seals that wasn’t present on the MKZ. But, other than that, I’d be hard pressed to rate one over the other. While the MKZ’s cooled seats (a big asset here in the hot and humid Southeast) worked better than expected, I found the Fusion seats felt better for me. Too bad the ventilated leather isn’t available on the Ford. Don’t be mislead by the MSRP on the MKZ. I haven’t yet found an MKZ that doesn’t have a price of $41-42,000. The instrument cluster in the two cars appeared to be identical (there may have been slight differences), with too much information presented at one time. I suppose you would get used to that over time. One thing that surprised me was the noise level of the electric motor when under only electric power. While it wasn’t bothersome, it wasn’t any quieter in either car than the gasoline engine when it was running. I expected lower engine/motor noise levels in the MKZ, but both cars seemed to be the same in that respect. The ride in both was very European – firm and responsive, yet fairly smooth over rough surfaces. If I could buy one of these for $35K, then maybe I could justify the purchase on fuel savings, but with the fully optioned cars that are available around here, I can’t.

  • MrEnergyCzar

    My co-worker has a white one, runs very smooth. Nothing like the EV silence but this is the direction of the large sedan hybrids. 45 combined MPG for the 2013 raises the bar for this size vehicle…

    MrEnergyCzar

  • Shines

    —Everybody’s a critic— Hopefully the 2013 will have a less garish front grill…

  • Kerry

    I just recently bought a 2012 MKZ hybrid and absolutely love it. Everyone compliments it. All the features, the smooth ride, the 600 watt sound system, the sun roof, and all the other functions make it a great car.

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  • debu banerjea

    Love the car,purchased last spring . The only disappointing issue has been the mpg lincoln advertised 41mpg. Over 18000 km,my current average is 6.9L/100km which is below 35mpg. Summer was better with around doing 6.2L /100km.

  • tapra1

    it was a no brainer to extend it to the Lincoln MKZ. Under the hood is Ford’s second-generation Hybrid Powersplit drivetrain. Cutting through the engineering-speak,Tutorials

  • Jean

    How does the MKZ perform on mountain roads?

  • Brian K

    I’ve had my MKZ Hybrid since 2/1/12, and I am very happy with it. Smooth, quiet ride, tons of sweet bells & whistles. The transition between electric and gas is barely noticeable, and it has some good power as well. Got great mileage a month ago to even better now that it’s warming up. Shines — I have to disagree, as I really like the grill (much better than Ford’s grill). Solo — not sure what the prices are where you live, but here in the Cleveland, OH, area, the prices are in the ballpark of what’s listed here. Base model would be right around what’s listed here. I got the moonroof and chrome wheel package, which was listed in the $37,000 range, although they quoted me lower, and after negotiating and including my trade-in and taxes and charges were figured in, I was out the door for around $34,000. The fully-loaded versions were priced at $41,000-$43,000. Lincoln should do more to market this car, because it’s a VERY GOOD vehicle.

  • Sewuniquelady

    I have a 2010 MKS that I love, but it has over 110,000 miles on it. I want to buy a Hybrid, but the MKZ is the only model available from Lincoln right now. Has anyone else switched from a MKS to the MKZ Hybrid and how do you like it?

  • Pastor Atkins

    Switched my MKS for a Hybird MKZ and haven’t looked back…..except for the fact my wife now drives it every where. My only hope is to buy another one in 2013!

  • Adam

    We bought this car back in December and put about 100 miles per day on this car. My wife and I looked at all the major hybids. The two we like the most were the Toyota Camry hybrid and the Lincoln. The toyota dealer did not respect our research on our trade in value and the value of their car where the lincoln dealer did. We like the ergonomics of the interior better in the toyota but like the seats and finish of the lincoln better. The lincoln has the best passenger seat out of all the hybrids including the ford fusion in that it is fully adjustable like the driver seat. The toyota top of the line passenger seat was only powered in forward and backward direction. Since we drive to work together she wanted a very comfortable passenger seat that shifted the balance of which car we picked to the Lincoln. I wish the engineers had spent a little more time with the ergonomics of the controls, but the overall performance of the car is subperb. The car has plenty of power to pass, good brakes and a suspension that is very forgiving on New Orleans streets. We average over 40 miles per gallon in the first 7,000 miles, which is better then my previous Honda Civic Hybrid following the dealer recall adjustment of the recharging system. The mileage we get is usually with 2 people in the car, plus equipment for our jobs. I wish I could have waited for the 2013 plug in model, but I am very happy with this model and the deal that the dealer gave me. My only complaint is the 100+ dollar smart key replacement price, taht you will need to pay out if your drop your key in a water puddle. If the electronic part of the key is not working you can’t drive the car. Otherwise I recommend this car without hesitation.

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  • tannerpc

    I currently own a 2010 MKZ and am thinking about trading for the 2012 MKZ Hybrid. Having never owned a hybrid, I’m online researching “hybrids” in general and I keep finding more and more good reasons to go with the MKZ Hybrid.
    The one I am test driving is almost identical to the one I have, so everything is pretty much familiar to me as far as comfort and style. It’s taking a little getting used to the feel at take-off compared to the gas model but I think I can make the adjustment fairly quickly each time I think about those high gas prices!
    I drive about 24K annually and I get 24 mph now, if I can get just 34+ mpg with the hybrid im thinking I’ll be money ahead in no time.
    I will post again if I decide to “make a deal” this week.

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  • Harry

    I bought a new 2011 model MKZ hybrird. I have had it about 3 weeks now and like it. I get overall 36.5 mpg combined mileage. So far, so good. Any questions for a new owner?

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  • Chad Garrett

    Many people have asked whether the rear seatbacks fold down, and none of the people posting who actually own the car have answered this.

    Do they or don’t they…………..thanks.

  • Heidi

    I just test drove the 2011 MKZ hybrid. The back seats definitely do not fold down. That is a major bummer for me! Does anyone know if the 2013 model has been redesigned? Why are the batteries in the back seat? The volt runs its batteries in the console of the car. Much smarter!

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    After doing a ton of research I decided to take your advice and buy a left over 2012 MKZ. I got a tremendous incentive to do so as the dealer I went to sold me a loaded version ($40,650- list) for quite a bit less than I expected ($33,994-). I could not have bought a new Fusion for that price that included the accessories in this model. I am a former Prius owner with a bit of guilt as I have always tried to buy American. In 2005 I had no other options, as the US was way behind in this technology. Now it seems that Ford has mostly caught up making the decision to buy American a good one once again. Incidentally if I had decided to buy another loaded Prius the price was comparable to what I ended up paying for the Lincoln. I gave up a little bit of gas mileage for a ton of luxury (comparably) and the pride of owning an American made product.

  • Kent Ormondroyd

    One annoyance for me with my new 2012 MKZ is that the rear seats do not fold down as the battery pack occupies that area. I ski in the winter which either means that I put my Thule pod on the roof or take a different vehicle. At this point I haven’t taken it skiing yet, but I am presuming lower mileage with the pod installed. I used to mount that Thule pod on my Prius and my highway mileage would go from a normal 46 MPG highway down to about 40 MPG highway. The wind resistance made a huge difference.

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  • Joe

    I just bought the 2012 and have filled up twice. My average mpg is only 28.5 mpg. I feel like I drive it as well as I can to get the most mpg and my driving is by far mostly city. Is it common for anyone else for the electric motor to kick off at 20 miles per hour consistently? I just feel as if the electric motor on my car isn’t pulling its weight to get the mpg that everyone else is? Has anyone seen another forum that talks about this? Very frustrated because I love the styling, comfort, technology and everything else for that matter. I just want to get lower to what others are getting. Thanks.

  • M. Hunter

    We purchased a 2012 MKZ Hybrid a month ago and average 37.4 mpg so far. We love the car and it compels us to drive more efficiently. Our driving is mostly highway but we are thrilled with the mileage and the luxury the MKZ offers.

  • M. Hunter

    The rear seat on the Hybrid MKZ does NOT fold down. That is where the battery is stored.

  • Kent Ormondroyd

    Hi Joe:
    I also have a 2012 MKZ and I am kind of surprised to hear that you are not doing better than 28 MPG. I am getting 38 MPG on the average all around with a mix of country roads and highway, which is pretty much “as advertised”. The only tips I can offer is to set the dashboard energy monitor to “empower” and then just keep an eye on it. This mode will tell you how you are doing every minute of the last 10 minutes with a graph to the right of the main dashboard instead of the leaves. It will “teach” you how to be more efficient while you drive. The area that you do most of your driving has a huge impact on fuel economy. If you are doing 100% highway driving your fuel economy will be lower (about 33-36 MPG) and you will need to avoid fast starts and stops, while imagining an egg between your foot and the accelerator pedal. I try to never drive above 60 MPH on the highway. The ideal area to drive the car is on 2 lane roads where the speed is about 45 MPH without a lot of stop and go.
    I was a Prius owner before I bought the MKZ and I have studied the energy monitor in that car too and I can tell you that everything affects mileage: outside temperature, precipitation, wind, driving terrain, speed, acceleration, fast stops, etc. You need to concentrate on smoothness in starting and stopping.
    If you like to stick your foot into the accelerator (we all do sometimes) your mileage will plummet immediately. If you really want to get the best mileage you can never stick your foot into the accelerator (fear of breaking the egg) with any real authority. You will need to drive like a little old lady on her way to church with plenty of time to spare. If you are in a hurry to get somewhere then watch how fast your good economy driving gets sucked up and your average plummets by keeping an eye on the energy monitor. I wish you the best of luck going forward. Happy motoring!

  • Kent Ormondroyd

    Joe:
    One more thing occurred to me. There is a reset button on the left side of the steering wheel that will reset your posted MPG. What happened when I bought my MKZ was that all of the people that test driven the car before me and had “punched” the car with no regard for mileage had run the average down to, lo and behold, 28 MPG. I reset that button every time that I fill up the car with fuel. That way it tells me what I am getting for fuel economy for this tankful instead of what the car is getting for its entire lifespan. Another thing you might have noticed is that the car will give you a summary of what it has gotten for fuel economy every time that you shut it down from the time it was started and also for its lifespan at the bottom. You just need to linger a moment and read it on the dash after you take the key out. Perhaps you are doing better than you realize. I find that if I reset the economy button it gives me a little more of an incentive to get better mileage because it is easier to change the mileage upward when you have only gone a few miles. After I reset it, if I am going down hill on country roads for a few miles I can see mileage numbers above 60 MPG!….What a charge…lol
    Good Luck!
    Kent

  • jedorgeorge

    Just bought a MKZ hybrid last Friday. A very real 40+ mpg, great handling and ride. This is replacing a ’09 Highlander Hybrid and is very far advanced, just hard to believe the Highlander Hybrid three years old with 38,000 miles was worth more than the MKZ Hybrid with the “ultimate” package @ $33,600……but really happy with it so far.

  • Paul S Cohen

    Joe, I drive the MKZ hybrid in Brooklyn, and my local mileage is just like yours. It is the constant stopping and starting that holds the mileage down. On the highways I average about 40 mpg, and my overall average right now is 36 mpg. During highway driving, the electric motor often kicks in at steady speeds as high as 35 to 40 mph, but accelerating from stop will almost always use the gas engine, so stop and go driving gives you lower mileage. I have had the car about 9 months now, and am enjoying it very much.

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