2012 Green Car Buyer’s Guide, Lincoln

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2012 Green Car Buyer’s Guide, Lincoln

2012 model year highlight from Lincoln: the MKZ Hybrid.


Compiled by Megan E. Phelps, John Rockhold,
Hannah Kincaid, Emily Glover,
Bradley Berman and Zach McDonald

See “What the Numbers Mean” in The Ultimate Green Car Buyer’s Guide, 2012 for a full description of the metrics we collected for each model.

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Hybrid, Sedan

Price Range: $35,600 – $41,300
City/Hwy/Combined MPG: 41/36/39
Annual Fuel Cost: $1,450
Air Pollution Score: 7
Greenhouse Gas Score: 9
ACEEE Green Score and Class Ranking: 47/Above Average
Safety Ratings: N/A
Space: 99 cu. ft. p.v./seats 5
Drive Score: 4
Similar Used: 2011

Good to Know:

  • The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid was the first vehicle to eliminate the hybrid price premium that usually separates conventional and gasoline-electric models. It sells for the same starting price as a more powerful 6-cylinder gasoline MKZ variant.
  • Under the hood, the MKZ Hybrid is a luxury clone of the Ford Fusion Hybrid, which posts identical power and fuel economy numbers.
  • In its first full year of sales, the hybrid variant accounted for more than 20 percent of all MKZ sales.
  • For 2013, Lincoln promises to release a redesigned MKZ with fuel economy boosted to somewhere in the mid-40s.
  • For hybrid shoppers, the point of comparison for the MKZ Hybrid probably isn’t the gas-powered MKZ but the Fusion Hybrid, which costs $6,000 less but compares with the MKZ in overall quality.
  • To maximize the MKZ’s green credentials, Lincoln uses eco-friendly materials for its interior — such as sustainably harvested wood, chemical-free leather seats and even materials made from recycled soda bottles.

What the Press Says:

  • “Lincoln accomplishes a lot with this premium mid-size hybrid sedan. The marque offers luxury buyers a traditional experience with the accouterments expected, yet builds in environmental performance with a notable hybrid system.” — Green Car Journal
  • “The 2012 Lincoln MKZ is a competent mid-size premium sedan, but it does not represent enough of an improvement over the similar Ford Fusion to justify its Mercedes-like price.” — Edmunds.com

More 2012 green cars: Find details about many more green cars from other automakers in The Ultimate Green Car Buyer’s Guide, 2012.

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