Used 2012 Lincoln MKZ

2012 Lincoln MKZ
List price range
$12,500 - $16,995


  • Excellent infotainment features
  • comfortable seats and driving position
  • high fuel economy from Hybrid version
  • responsive steering.


  • Non-premium feel
  • not enough differentiation from Ford Fusion
  • rough ride with sport suspension.

Used 2012 Lincoln MKZ for Sale

Lincoln MKZ 2012 Hybrid 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
80,289 miles
Used 2012
Lincoln MKZ
Est.Loan: $234/mo
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Lincoln MKZ 2012 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
21,500 miles
Used 2012
Lincoln MKZ
Family Ford
82.2 mi away
Est.Loan: $298/mo
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This outstanding example of a 2012 Lincoln MKZ is offered by Family Ford of PA. This Lincoln includes: 3.5L DOHC 24-VALVE V6 DURATEC ENGINE (STD) V6 Cylinder Engine Gasoline Fuel 101A EQUIPMENT GROUP ORDER CODE HD Radio Navigation System CD Player Back-Up Camera Satellite Radio Blind Spot Monitor Hard Disk Drive Media Storage MP3 Player MOONROOF Generic Sun/Moonroof Sun/Moonroof DARK CHARCOAL, LEATHER TRIMMED BUCKET SEATS W/TUXEDO STRIP Leather Seats Bucket Seats 17 CHROME WHEEL Chrome Wheels Generic Sun/Moonroof Sun/Moonroof RED CANDY METALLIC TINT CLEARCOAT 6-SPEED SELECTSHIFT AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (STD) Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode A/T 6-Speed A/T *Note - For third party subscriptions or services, please contact the dealer for more information.* The 2012 LINCOLN MKZ offers a lean and uniquely American take on mid-size luxury. The LINCOLN MKZ drives in a nimbly and responsively, and its cabin offers a taste of traditional high-class luxury. Ride quality and back-seat comfort are also very good for the class. Meanwhile the LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid stands out for having the highest gas mileage of any luxury sedan sold in the U.S.--41 mpg city, 36 highway. Also, unlike other luxury sedans, neither version of the LINCOLN MKZ has a requirement for premium gasoline.
Lincoln MKZ 2012 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
56,988 miles
Used 2012
Lincoln MKZ
Est.Loan: $236/mo
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*CLEAN HISTORY...NO ACCIDENTS*, *RECENT TRADE IN*, *NAVIGATION*, *BLUE TOOTH*, *BACKUP CAMERA*, *LEATHER*. Odometer is 6766 miles below market average! Awards: * 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick Internet Value Pricing... Our Internet Value Pricing Mission at Colonial Auto Center is to present Value Pricing to all of our customers. Preowned Internet Pricing is achieved by polling over 70,000 pre-owned websites hourly. This ensures that every one of our customers receives real-time Value Pricing on every pre-owned vehicle we sell. We do not artificially inflate our preowned prices in the hopes of winning a negotiating contest with our customers! We do not play pricing games. After being in business for 96 years, we realized that Internet Value Pricing is by far the best approach for our customers. Colonial Auto Center of Charlottesville. On a mission to be Central Virginia's #1 Volume Pre Owned Dealer!
Lincoln MKZ 2012 Hybrid 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
67,413 miles
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Lincoln MKZ
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2012 Lincoln MKZ is a competent midsize premium sedan, but it does not represent enough of an improvement over the similar Ford Fusion to justify its Mercedes-like price.

vehicle overview

As much as we disliked the subject in school, there are times in the course of evaluating cars when we find it necessary to step back and do a little math. After putting our pencils to the 2012 Lincoln MKZ, we conclude that things just don't add up.

To be sure, the midsize MKZ sedan has a number of good qualities, including decent handling, an attractive and comfortable interior and a long list of available high-tech doodads. The problem is that the littlest Lincoln still just doesn't feel as substantial or polished as you'd expect an entry-level luxury sedan to be.

To get a better handle on this equation, it helps to understand the MKZ is actually a rebadged version of the mass-market Ford Fusion sedan. Nothing wrong with that per se, as the Fusion is one of our favorite midsize sedans. So good in fact, that Lincoln's engineering team made relatively few changes under the skin.

The problem, of course, is that it takes a lot more than a few exterior styling tweaks and interior upgrades to compete in a category full of excellent luxury sedans, which ultimately leads us to conclude the MKZ just doesn't compute.

This is especially true when you consider just how many excellent cars there are to choose from in this price range. Specifically, we'd recommend cross-shopping the 2012 Audi A4, 2012 BMW 3 Series, 2012 Cadillac CTS, 2012 Hyundai Genesis, 2012 Infiniti G37, 2012 Lexus ES 350 and 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, all of which show more attention to detail and a greater degree of engineering excellence.

The lone exception to this sentiment is the Hybrid version of the MKZ, which offers fuel-sipping powertrain technology that's not available in the others. Perhaps the smaller 2012 Lexus HS 250h (hybrid) might be considered a competitor to the MKZ Hybrid, but the Lincoln bests it in both passenger space and fuel economy. However, it should be noted that the less expensive 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid is essentially the same car as its upscale Lincoln cousin -- albeit without the fancier styling and plusher cabin trimmings.

In sum, the 2012 Lincoln MKZ is a good car that represents the best of the Ford Fusion's attributes, combined with a compelling array of luxury features. But, unless you're considering the Hybrid, it just isn't the equal of its competition.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Lincoln MKZ is a midsize luxury sedan that's offered in two trim levels -- base (V6) and Hybrid.

Apart from their powertrains, both MKZs are identically equipped. The long list of standard features includes 17-inch wheels, foglights, rear parking sensors, keyless entry with an outside keypad, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated eight-way power front seats with driver seat memory, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, auto-dimming driver side and rearview mirrors and full power accessories. Also standard are Ford's Sync system and a nine-speaker sound system with six-CD changer, auxiliary/USB audio jacks and satellite radio.

Options include a Navigation package that bundles the expected navigation system with a rearview camera, a blind-spot warning system, a single-CD/DVD audio player, digital music storage capability, HD radio and Sirius Travel Link service. On the Hybrid, the Navigation package also includes a premium surround-sound audio system. The Ultimate package features all the above (including the premium sound) and adds 17-inch chrome wheels, a sunroof (also available as a stand-alone option), adaptive xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers and ambient lighting.

The Sport Appearance package (not available on the Hybrid) adds 18-inch polished alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and distinctive details including contrasting seat piping, aluminum interior trim and darkened exterior trim. The Executive package adds upgraded leather upholstery and real wood interior trim.

2012 Highlights

The Lincoln MKZ returns unchanged for the 2012 model year.

performance & mpg

The 2012 Lincoln MKZ is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control is standard. Lincoln offers the MKZ in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Fuel economy is respectable, with EPA estimates of 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined for front-wheel-drive models and 17/24/19 for all-wheel-drive versions. In Edmunds performance testing, an all-wheel-drive MKZ accelerated from a standstill to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, which is a midpack time in this segment of entry-level luxury sedans.

The MKZ Hybrid is motivated by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine teamed with an electric motor that together make 191 hp. Power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). EPA estimates stand at 41/36/39 mpg. Though we haven't tested an MKZ Hybrid, we did test the similar Ford Fusion Hybrid, which ran from zero to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds, which is reasonably quick for a hybrid.


Standard safety features include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. The 2012 Lincoln MKZ also gets Ford's programmable MyKey system, which allows parents to specify limits for vehicle speed and stereo volume for their teenage drivers.

In government crash tests, the MKZ earned an overall rating of four stars (out of a possible five), with a three-star rating for frontal impacts and four stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the MKZ its top "Good" rating in both frontal-offset and side-crash tests. In Edmunds brake testing, an MKZ Sport came to a stop from 60 mph in 132 feet -- which is longer than expected from a luxury sedan.


Behind the wheel, the 2012 Lincoln MKZ is perfectly competent, if not very exciting, which makes it a good match for buyers looking for a quiet and comfortable luxury sedan. The V6 offers decent acceleration, though the exhaust note lacks the throaty growl of some of its competitors. The Hybrid provides relatively brisk performance as well as composed handling that's similar to that of the non-hybrid version.

Add the sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels that come with the available Sport Appearance package (not available on the Hybrid), however, and things get a bit more interesting. In fact, the MKZ becomes downright fun to drive. The trade-off to this firmer suspension setup, of course, is a rough ride that doesn't feel particularly Lincoln-esque.


The 2012 Lincoln MKZ's passenger cabin gets some nice feature upgrades and better materials than those found in its Ford Fusion cousin. That said, the interior seems more like something you'd find on a top-of-the-line mainstream sedan than a car meant to compete with European luxury marques like Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

On the upside, the seats are comfortable and both front and rear seat passengers enjoy a good amount of head- and legroom. Out back is an equally generously sized trunk, with 16.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity in the base model; the Hybrid has only 11.8 cubic feet, due to the battery pack that intrudes into the trunk space.

The MKZ's range of available technology is another positive here, especially the navigation system's Sirius Travel Link service. Audiophiles will also want to make sure to give the excellent THX surround-sound system a listen.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Lincoln MKZ.

2011 Lincoln MKZ
jbradsh1, 6/28/2011
I test drove the Ford Fusion and the Mercury Milan and then drove the MKZ. What a difference! The Lincoln has a larger 3.5 L V-6 so it has more power. It is VERY QUIET unlike the Ford and Mercury. It's steering is perfectly smooth and doesn't want to jump back to straight and level after a turn. All the controls are Lincoln smooth so it's a real pleasure to drive this car. I drove the hybrid MKZ but it's ride was much firmer, too firm actually, it was a deal breaker for me. My MKZ was the base model which is so well equipped I didn't need any other options at all. The Lincoln dealer gave me $4K off the sticker price so at $31.5K it's a real bargain in my opinion. I love it.
Reliable ride
mkzrrr, 12/18/2011
Turned in a leased 2008 base car for a loaded 2012. Wanted a Hybrid but would have to pay almost $100.00/ month more for a base car than a loaded regular gas engine. FMC does not want to sell Hybrids. The 2008 handled much better than the 2012 . Improvements are a quieter ride and much nicer interior. Do not pay extra for the THX sound system. The base stereo in some ways was better in the 2008 model. Millage has averaged around 22 mpg in mixed use, 24 hwy. The 2008 had almost 50,000 trouble free miles and I expect the 2012 to be the same. Expect around $7000.00 discount on a loaded car, little or none on Hybrid.
The Perfect Commuter Car
Michael Lincoln, 9/8/2015
This is a comfortable and reliable car to get you to work each day. It does not excel at anything and is very predictable. The exception is the Sync infotainment. Specifically the Applink function is hit or miss each day. I can blame my cellphone as it updates itself weekly or monthly, and Sync never updates. However, it always fixes itself when you disconnect the battery and reconnect. Other than that, I recommend you get this model used as it somehow depreciates to a lower amount than the same year Fusion, which it is based on. Maintain it and keep it clean. Lastly, use all the money you save with zero repairs and get a nice sports car, motorcycle, or boat you can have fun with on the weekends. Update 9-11-16: It is still a great car. Sync is a dud - at least Bluetooth works. Can't be bothered with disconnecting battery cable. Paint and interior holding up perfectly. Very quiet, very comfortable. Handling not as great as a BMW but did not pay alot for the car. No repairs - definitely a keeper. Update 9-12-17: Still a very good car. Sync is better since I installed a software update. Applink still bad, but at least now, Bluetooth connections will display song and artist. I have replaced the battery and tires. No problems in snow with Michelin Premier tires and AWD. Aside from oil changes, that's it. I would really like a new Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Shaker Hood as a play car - but hard to justify since this car has everything I NEED, just not everything I WANT.
Classy Car, Smooth Ride
Eileen, 10/12/2015
True Lincoln engineered ride... Crystal White exterior, light cashmere interior, nice interior wood features... ample trunk room, moon roof seldom use ... leather could be more durable... why black carpet ... should have been cashmere color. Purchased July 2015 --- one owner, spotless, looks new ... Bad mileage with AC on. Climate control & AC works great. Love backup camera... Received all manuals with some warranty remaining. Manual describes a replaceable interior air filter to mitigate dust, which I need to figure out. Was seeking a luxury car and refused to drop $45K as I drive only 7,000 miles per year, so this was a perfect pick! Considered the Cadillac CTS, but was a bit turned off for a few reasons and my mechanic advised to steer away- too many issues. He worked on MKZ's over the years and gives high marks for reliability and no major issues. Newer MKZ's 2013/14 are gaudy with back spoiler, takes away class appeal and interior looked cheap with no crafted wood moldings. Receive many compliments on mine and it's a smooth drive, nice smooth pull. Very happy!
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Features & Specs

18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
263 hp @ 6250 rpm
41 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
17 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
263 hp @ 6250 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall3 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat3 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.5%

More about the 2012 Lincoln MKZ
Used 2012 Lincoln MKZ Overview

The Used 2012 Lincoln MKZ is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Hybrid 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A).

What's a good price on a Used 2012 Lincoln MKZ?

Price comparisons for Used 2012 Lincoln MKZ trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Lincoln MKZ Base is priced between $12,619 and$16,995 with odometer readings between 21500 and56988 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is priced between $12,500 and$12,500 with odometer readings between 80289 and80289 miles.

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