Consumer Reviews Summary
11 of 15 (73%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Lincoln MKZ Overview
The 2012 Lincoln MKZ is Lincoln’s entry-level midsize sedan and shares its DNA with the Ford Fusion. The MKZ embodies the iconic Lincoln design, and provides a comfortable driving experience with an impressive list of standard features.
Available in both front- and all-wheel drive, the MKZ is powered by a 263-horsepower, 3.5-liter, V-6 engine, and has a six-speed automatic transmission with auto-manual shift mode. A regenerative braking system recaptures power in braking and coasting for added fuel efficiency. An optional sports package gives the MKZ a sport-tuned suspension.
The front-wheel drive MKZ gets 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, and the all-wheel drive model gets 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
The MKZ seats five in a roomy interior, and boasts a spacious trunk and comfortable seating. The standard leather-trimmed seats include driver and front passenger heated and coed 10-way power seats with two-way lumbar adjust, and the rear seats have a 60/40 split. Interior surfaces feature genuine wood inlays, and the standard leather-wrapped steering wheel also sports wood accents, in addition to speed and audio controls. The premium sound system includes AM/FM/MP3 stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer and SiriusXM Satellite Radio with six-month subscription, and can be upgraded to a THX audio system with surround sound. The voice-activated SNYC system comes standard, and an optional navigation system with SiriusXM traffic services is available. An optional instrument cluster upgrade includes an in-dash message center with LED lighting, and optional ambient lighting illuminates the interior with a choice of color scheme. Remote keyless entry and a universal garage door opener are also standard features with the MKZ.
The MKZ looks like a Lincoln with its bold front end and split-wing front grille. Front bumper-mounted fog lamps and quad-beam headlamps come standard, and an optional adaptive headlamp upgrade is available. Exterior styling is accentuated with chrome door handles and chrome beltline molding, and a dual chrome-tipped exhaust. A sport appearance package adds a unique chrome grille with black bars, body-colored door handles, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, and darkened headlamps. An optional moonroof is also available, and a global open function on the keyfob provides a remote open function.
The MyKey system comes standard and allows parents of teen drivers to set speed limits and program other alerts, and the optional radar-based blind spot and cross traffic sensors alters the driver to unseen hazards when backing up or changing lanes. Driver and front passenger duel stage airbags, front seat side-impact and side-curtain airbags come standard, and a personal safety system uses a network of sensors to customize airbag deployment depending on impact severity. Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, electronic stability and traction control provide additional safety on the road. Security features include a keyless entry keypad on the driver’s side door, anti-theft alarm and passive anti-theft system that immobilizes the vehicle if a start is attempted without the electronically coded key.
Overall, the 2012 Lincoln MKZ provides a comfortable, reliable midsize vehicle with a satisfying list of standard features and a generous amount of passenger and cargo space.