Used 2006 Lincoln Zephyr

Pros & Cons

  • Unique exterior style, premium interior furnishings, quiet highway ride, capable handling, tight construction.
  • Horsepower and acceleration below class average, no stability control available, similar Milan costs less.
List Price Estimate
$3,099 - $6,759

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2006 Lincoln Zephyr successfully combines traditional Lincoln luxury and style in a package that rides on a modern and capable platform.

Vehicle overview

Lincoln is on a mission to attract younger buyers with modern machines styled with traditional understated elegance. For 2006, the company hopes to accomplish this with its all-new Zephyr midsize sedan. The Zephyr, the name of which Lincoln also used for a series of pre-World War II cars, is the least expensive model in the Lincoln lineup. Like the Fusion and Milan, the Lincoln Zephyr rides on a stretched and widened version of the highly acclaimed Mazda 6 platform. Because the Zephyr is both wider and longer than the Mazda 6, it combines a confident on-road demeanor with ample interior space for five adult passengers.

To help differentiate the Lincoln Zephyr from its less expensive Ford and Mercury siblings, the Lincoln car is equipped with stylish center stack design and upscale interior materials such as standard leather upholstery and aluminum-finish trim that contrasts with a buyer's choice of either light- or dark-colored wood. On the outside, the Zephyr features a traditional Lincoln grille, standard 17-inch wheels and LED taillamps. Unique features not found on the Fusion and Milan include HID headlights, a navigation system and ventilated seats. Zephyr power comes from a 3.0-liter, 221-hp V6 hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Among this trio of new midsize sedans, the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr is the most luxurious in terms of features and design. Viewed purely from this standpoint, it's the best of the three. But given the Zephyr's higher price and luxury nameplate, we think that some shoppers will find it to come a bit short in performance and premium features compared to the competition.

Lincoln Zephyr models

The midsize Lincoln Zephyr sedan comes in one basic trim level. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating, wood trim, an MP3-compatible six-speaker audio system with an in-dash CD changer, 10-way power-adjustable front seats with driver memory, a split-folding rear seat, an analog clock, cruise control, full power accessories and keyless entry. Options on the Lincoln car include a DVD-based navigation system, power moonroof, HID headlamps and ventilated seats. A unique THX-II audio system is also available that features a 600-watt amplifier driving 14 speakers.

2006 Highlights

The Zephyr is an all-new midsize luxury sedan from Lincoln. An upscale twin of the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, it offers unique interior and exterior design elements.

Performance & mpg

The front-wheel-drive Lincoln Zephyr comes with a 221-hp, 3.0-liter V6 mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission. This transmission shifts well enough, but we wish it had a true manual-shift mode instead of just two forward-gear gates ("D" and "L").

Safety

Four-wheel antilock disc brakes are standard on all Zephyr models, along with traction control. Oddly, stability control is not offered. The Zephyr includes standard front-seat side airbags and head-protecting side curtain airbags for all outboard occupants.Additionally, the B-pillars (between the front and rear doors) are reinforced to direct side-impact energy down and away from passengers during a crash. The roof structure is similarly reinforced to pass proposed rollover crush standards that won't take effect until 2009. In NHTSA crash tests, the Lincoln Zephyr posted four stars (out of five) for frontal impact, while side-impact testing yielded five stars (front) and four stars (rear).

Driving

With its responsive steering and quiet ride, the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr is as nimble on back roads as it is comfortable on the highway. Wind and road noise are effectively quelled at highway speeds, and the transmission offers crisp upshifts and downshifts, although we wish it provided manual access to gears. Overall performance is sufficient, but the Zephyr's acceleration pales in comparison to the similarly priced Maxima and Passat.

Interior

The Zephyr's upscale interior offers an effective blend of premium materials and traditional design elements. The look is clearly Lincoln, which should satisfy those with traditional tastes. Satin aluminum-color trim is standard, along with a choice of either dark ebony or light maple wood accents. A DVD-based navigation system is available, along with a THX II-certified audio system with 14 speakers. Base and optional audio systems are MP3-capable, and the split-folding rear seat, along with a 15.8-cubic-foot trunk, adds to the Zephyr's utility. Most buyers will find the Lincoln Zephyr suitably roomy with ample head-, shoulder and legroom for adults to ride comfortably in the front or back.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr.

Average user rating: 4.9 stars
154 total reviews
5 star reviews: 89%
4 star reviews: 9%
3 star reviews: 1%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 1%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, 06 Zephyr 3500 miles
fitco,
4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
This is one of the nicest cars I've ever owned. Quiet, great ride, ample performance, very surefooted on wet pavement, every option available and under $35K. No expense was spared on the interior. The car in and out is a flat-out show stopper. Everywhere I go, car wash, supermarket, etc. people stop me and want to know what it is and salivate over it. Handles very well. No problems with it so far. Gas mileage disappointing in the beginning (18 MPG around town) but went up to a consistent 22 MPG after about 2000 miles and have reached 28 MPG highway. Could be a little quicker off the line, but really moves once in motion. This car is definitely not a fluffy Fusion. It's all Lincoln.
5/5 stars, Excellent Luxury sedan
rblincoln,
4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
After looking at the CTS and the BMW 5 series's I felt that they didn't stack up against Lincoln in terms of luxury and performance so I decided to go with the Zephyr, it's Comfortable smooth, and Reliable it has all of the features you need out of a luxury vehicle, I got mine fully loaded with the Navigation,Moonroof ect. $35,000 New. The seats are very comfortable, Excellent acceleration on the freeway the car just glides. Build quality is superb and haven't had any major issues, the car currently has 127,000 miles and I fully expect to get at least another 100,000 out of it, I always get compliments on it, if you are thinking about buying one you won't regret it.
5/5 stars, Cadillac Killer
luxlvr,
4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
I have been a loyal Cadillac customer all my life but decided to try something new I was looking to upgrade from my 2003 cts and found the Lincoln zephyr, the Lincoln is a far superior car more power and refinement. I will buy lincolns from now on.
5/5 stars, Classy
Anthony,
4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
Have owned my Lincoln Zephyr for over 3 years and extremely satisfied with vehicle. Never had to take back to dealer while under warranty since I've owned. Exceptional highway mileage of 30mpg with regular gas and extremely smooth and comfortable. Very stylish even though it's several years old now.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$28,995
MPG & Fuel
17 City / 26 Hwy / 20 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.0 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Engine
V6 cylinder
Horsepower: 221 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 205 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 190.5 in. / Height: 55.9 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 72.2 in.
Curb Weight: 3406 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 15.8 cu.ft.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

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

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



FAQ

Is the Lincoln Zephyr a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2006 Zephyr both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Lincoln Zephyr fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Zephyr gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Zephyr has 15.8 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 Zephyr. Learn more

Is the Lincoln Zephyr reliable?

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

Is the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2006 Zephyr 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 2006 Lincoln Zephyr?

The least-expensive 2006 Lincoln Zephyr is the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $28,995.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $28,995
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What are the different models of Lincoln Zephyr?

If you're interested in the Lincoln Zephyr, the next question is, which Zephyr model is right for you? Zephyr variants include 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A). For a full list of Zephyr models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr

Used 2006 Lincoln Zephyr Overview

The Used 2006 Lincoln Zephyr is offered in the following submodels: Zephyr Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A). The Used 2006 Lincoln Zephyr comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automatic. The Used 2006 Lincoln Zephyr comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2006 Lincoln Zephyr and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2006 Zephyr 4.9 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 Used 2006 Zephyr.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2006 Zephyr featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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 Used 2006 Lincoln Zephyr?

Used 2006 Lincoln Zephyr 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

The Used 2006 Lincoln Zephyr 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,660. The average price paid for a new Used 2006 Lincoln Zephyr 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A) is trending $26,626 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the Used 2006 Lincoln Zephyr 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A) is 89.8% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2006 Lincoln Zephyr?

2006 Lincoln Zephyr 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed automatic, regular unleaded
20 compined MPG,
17 city MPG/26 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG20
Transmission6-speed automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement3.0 L
Passenger Volume115.8 cu.ft.
Wheelbase107.4 in.
Length190.5 in.
WidthN/A
Height55.9 in.
Curb Weight3406 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2006 Lincoln Zephyr?

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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