2006 Lincoln Zephyr Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2006 Lincoln Zephyr - Road Test Specs

2006 Lincoln Zephyr Sedan

(3.0L V6 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2006
Base MSRP$28,995
As-tested MSRP$33,375


Drive typeFront-wheel
Engine typeDurotec 30 V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)221 @ 6,250
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)205 @ 4,800
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent SLA with 24mm stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearMultilink independent with 17mm bar
Steering typerack & pinion
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelRadial XSE
Tire size, frontP225/50VR-17
Tire size, rearP225/50VR-17
Brakes, frontFour-wheel disc ABS and EBD

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.8
0-60 mph (sec.)7.6
0-75 mph (sec.)11.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.73 @ 89.64
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31.45
60-0 mph (ft.)124.68
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)N/A
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.6
@ Full throttle (dB)75.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)69.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith traction off. The more wheelspin we could get, the better the times became. I don't know if there is any sound deadening in the Zephyr that's not in the Fusion (or intake/exhaust tuning) but it doesn't sound as "thrashy" and cheap under acceleration runs.
Braking ratingN/A
Braking commentsThere's quite a lot of lift in the rear of the Zephyr under hard braking. Also observed some "skipping" and "hopping" in the full ABS stop with a noticeable amount of ABS pulsing in the pedal and I could also hear the telltale humming. First stop was not straight. (Noticed some brake fade during acceleration runs at the end of the quarter-mile.)
Handling ratingN/A
Handling commentsTraction off in "L." Not quite certain what gear I was in and even got an errant downshift on the exit, but what the Zephyr does best is manage the transitions from side-to-side. Somebody has done this test at Ford and it shows with the controlled body motions and willingness to oversteer ever so slightly.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)Camarillo
Temperature (°F)56
Wind (mph, direction)5.0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)20 City 28 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)N/A
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)11.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,403 pounds
Length (in.)190.5 inches
Width (in.)72.2 inches
Height (in.)57.2 inches
Wheelbase (in.)107.4 inches
Legroom, front (in.)42.3 inches
Legroom, rear (in.)37 inches
Headroom, front (in.)38.7 inches
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8 inches
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.8 cubic feet
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion4 years/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance1 years/12,000 miles


Front airbagsYes
Side airbagsDriver and passenger
Head airbagsCurtain airbag for front and back
Antilock brakeswith EBD
Electronic brake enhancementsTraction assist
Traction controlN/A
Stability controlN/A
Rollover protectionN/A
Emergency assistance systemN/A
NHTSA crash test, driverFour star
NHTSA crash test, passengerFour star
NHTSA crash test, side frontFive star
NHTSA crash test, side rearFour star
NHTSA rollover resistanceFour star

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