2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

MSRP range: $36,750 - $42,500
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MSRP$37,745
Edmunds suggests you pay$28,751

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2020 Lincoln MKZ Review

  • Comes well-equipped with many standard features
  • Hybrid model available at no extra charge
  • Impressively quick acceleration with turbocharged V6 engine option
  • Underwhelming interior quality
  • Short on interior space given its exterior size
  • Slower-than-average acceleration with the base engine
  • Minor changes and updates to standard and optional equipment
  • Part of the second Lincoln MKZ generation introduced for 2013

Lincoln is slowly redesigning its lineup of cars and SUVs and giving them new names. The 2020 MKZ Hybrid, however, is not one of them. Its pros and cons are familiar since this car has been around in its current iteration since 2013.

We do like that the MKZ has a long list of standard features and, importantly for this category, comes with a lower starting price than many of its competitors. The MKZ Hybrid offers respectable fuel economy of about 41 mpg in combined city/highway driving, according to the EPA. Another bonus is that Lincoln doesn't charge extra for the Hybrid compared to the regular MKZ.

There are some issues to keep in mind. The MKZ doesn't have the most interior room in its class, and some of the interior materials are lackluster in quality. Also, the Hybrid's four-cylinder engine is a little underwhelming in terms of acceleration. Another luxury hybrid model that may warrant a look is the Lexus ES 300h. You can also get higher fuel economy from the Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid. But overall the MKZ is pretty likable if you're after an upscale sedan that sips gas.

Which MKZ does Edmunds recommend?

Even in base form, the MKZ Hybrid comes well-equipped, but go for the Reserve trim to get the power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, wood interior trim, 14-speaker audio system, and a navigation system with multi-touch control. We think this trim adds important luxury features without breaking the bank.

Lincoln MKZ models

The 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is a four-door sedan that can seat five and is available in three trims. The base MKZ Hybrid comes well-equipped, but go with Reserve I to get additional interior and technology options. Reserve II adds even more luxury amenities and technology.

Whichever trim you choose, it'll be powered by the same combination of a four-cylinder engine and electric motor to send up to 188 horsepower to the front wheels. It doesn't seem like a lot, but the immediate torque from the electric motor gives the MKZ Hybrid an edge over the base engine found on the standard MKZ.

The base MKZ Hybrid comes well-equipped with features not found on competitors' base models, such as adaptive suspension, adaptive xenon headlights, power-adjustable front seats with heating and memory, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat with pass-through.

Standard technology features include Lincoln's Sync 3 infotainment interface, an 8-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and an 11-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and two USB ports. You also get a windshield wiper de-icer and automatic wipers, as well as Lincoln's Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assist functions that include front collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams.

Stepping up to the Reserve I model gets you leather upholstery, genuine wood trim, a power-adjustable steering wheel, enhanced interior ambient lighting, a navigation system, ambient interior lighting, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, and two rear-seat USB charging ports.

The Reserve II trim adds larger 19-inch wheels, ventilated and massaging front seats, an active park assist system, a power sunroof and a power rear window sunshade, and a 14-speaker Revel audio system with HD radio capability.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Lincoln MKZ.

Average user rating: 5.0 stars
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5 star reviews: 100%
4 star reviews: 0%
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2 star reviews: 0%
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    5/5 stars, 2020 Lincoln Hybrid reserve
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    Hybrid Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
    Comfortable, loaded car with excellent gas mileage

    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $36,750
    MPG & Fuel
    42 City / 39 Hwy / 41 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.5 gal. capacity
    Seating
    5 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: front wheel drive
    Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
    Engine
    Inline 4 cylinder
    Horsepower: 188 hp @ 6000 rpm
    Torque: 129 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    4 yr./ 50000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 193.9 in. / Height: 58.1 in. / Width: 73.4 in.
    Curb Weight: 3849 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 11.1 cu.ft.
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite MKZ safety features:

    Blind-Spot and Cross-Traffic Alert
    Warns drivers of objects within the vehicle's blind spot and of cars approaching from behind.
    Driver Alert System
    Alerts the driver to the possibility that he or she may be too tired to continue based on driving behavior.
    Enhanced Active Park Assist
    Helps drivers into and out of parking positions by taking over the steering.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.9%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good


    Lincoln MKZ vs. the competition

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    Lincoln MKZ vs. Buick LaCrosse

    Like the MKZ, the LaCrosse offers different engine and powertrain combinations. Its highway ride is more comfortable, though it can't match the MKZ's handling capability. In general, both of these luxury sedans give you a lot of features for your money.

    Compare Lincoln MKZ & Buick LaCrosse features 

    Lincoln MKZ vs. Lincoln Corsair

    These two Lincoln Motor Company vehicles aren't of the same form factor, but they do share similar pricing and equipment. Their powertrains and infotainment systems are identical, for example. So if you like the Lincoln look and feel but want a crossover to sit higher and maybe go off-road, the Corsair makes a lot of sense.

    Compare Lincoln MKZ & Lincoln Corsair features 

    Lincoln MKZ vs. Ford Fusion

    The Fusion and MKZ are corporate cousins and share many attributes such as powertrain, infotainment systems and size. But there are some differences: The Fusion has a less luxurious interior and a sportier ride, while the MKZ uses higher-end materials and features a more comfortable suspension setup.

    Compare Lincoln MKZ & Ford Fusion features 

    FAQ

    Is the Lincoln MKZ a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 MKZ both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Lincoln MKZ fuel economy, so it's important to know that the MKZ gets an EPA-estimated 41 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the MKZ has 11.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Lincoln MKZ. Learn more

    What's new in the 2020 Lincoln MKZ?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Lincoln MKZ:

    • Minor changes and updates to standard and optional equipment
    • Part of the second Lincoln MKZ generation introduced for 2013
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    Is the Lincoln MKZ reliable?

    To determine whether the Lincoln MKZ is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the MKZ. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the MKZ's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2020 Lincoln MKZ a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Lincoln MKZ is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 MKZ is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2020 Lincoln MKZ?

    The least-expensive 2020 Lincoln MKZ is the 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $36,750.

    Other versions include:

    • Hybrid Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $42,500
    • Hybrid Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $36,750
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    What are the different models of Lincoln MKZ?

    If you're interested in the Lincoln MKZ, the next question is, which MKZ model is right for you? MKZ variants include Hybrid Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Hybrid Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). For a full list of MKZ models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Lincoln MKZ

    2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Overview

    The 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is offered in the following styles: Hybrid Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Hybrid Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).

    What do people think of the 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 MKZ Hybrid 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 MKZ Hybrid.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 MKZ Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels including Hybrid Reserve, Hybrid Fleet, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid here.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid?

    2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Hybrid Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

    The 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Hybrid Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,745. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Hybrid Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $8,994 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $8,994 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $28,751.

    The average savings for the 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Hybrid Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 23.8% below the MSRP.

    2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Hybrid Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

    The 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Hybrid Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,060. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Hybrid Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $4,025 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $4,025 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,035.

    The average savings for the 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Hybrid Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 8.7% below the MSRP.

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    Which 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrids are available in my area?

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    Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and all available trim types: Hybrid Reserve, Hybrid Fleet. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Lincoln MKZ?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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