Based on the Ford Fusion, Lincoln’s MKZ has hints of its Continental big brother. It offers high-end specifications for the sub-$40,000 market, but mixes them with an efficient gas-electric powertrain.
What's New for 2018
The MKZ Hybrid is unchanged for 2018.
Choosing Your Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Like the Fusion Hybrid, the MKZ Hybrid marries a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder to an electric motor and a battery pack to generate a grand total of 188 horsepower. That's not a lot of power, but the MKZ Hybrid makes up for it at the pumps, returning an EPA-estimated 41 miles per gallon city but only 38 highway mpg.
That powertrain works via a continuously variable transmission that sends its power to the front wheels. While the MKZ offers all-wheel drive with its gas-only models, ticking the box for the hybrid means living without it.
Common optional extras include the $2,495 MKZ Technology Package. Available on all but the base car, this pricey extra adds a complete suite of active safety systems ranging from adaptive cruise control to blind-spot monitoring to automatic emergency braking. This is an options box you'll want to tick and is reason enough to upgrade beyond the base trim. Also available across the top three trims is the $595 MKZ Climate Package. Its heated rear seats are nice, but it's the heated steering wheel that makes its price worthwhile.
Both the mid-grade Select and Reserve offer a pair of sunroofs – a $2,995 panoramic option or a $1,200 single-pane setup – while the Black Label comes standard with the single-pane unit and slashes the price of the bigger option to $1,795.
Unless you really like being pampered, the Reserve with the Luxury Package is a better buy than the ritzy Black Label, providing much of the same content without the ownership ancillaries.