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Neil Cumins
Automotive Editor - March 8, 2018

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3.25 (Good)
MPG
41 City / 38 Highway

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2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid OVERVIEW

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.

Premiere

Prices for the MKZ Hybrid Premiere start at $36,530 (including the $925 destination charge). Standard features include dual-zone climate control with heated front seats, remote start and keyless entry, plus a Sync3 infotainment system system fitted with a rear view camera. Safety levels are high on every MKZ, with knee and curtain airbags plus individual tire pressure monitoring and a post-crash alert system.wer front seats, Sync 3, an 11-speaker audio system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a 10.1-inch LCD gauge cluster, Active Noise Control, and 10 cup holders.

Look for standard HID headlights, a nifty dual-display instrument cluster that drivers can reconfigure as they see fit, and 10-way front seats.

Aside from some accessory wheels, there are no optional extras on the base MKZ Hybrid.

Select

The MKZ Hybrid Select, starting at $39,425, is where buyers should start their search. It adds leather-trimmed seats and folding side view mirrors, plus ambient lighting and wood trim. The heated front seats receive four-way power lumbar, too.

But more than that, it's what the Select does to the options catalog that makes it a worthwhile upgrade. It's available with a complete suite of active safety gear.

Reserve

The $41,095 Reserve Hybrid trim adds voice-activated navigation, blind-spot monitoring, 19-inch aluminum wheels, and in the cabin, perforated leather-trimmed seats incorporating heating and cooling.

The $2,995 Luxury Package isn't cheap and is hard to recommend unless you're an audiophile. If that's the case, grab this package for its 20-speaker Revel Ultima audio system. LED headlights are also included. Multi-contour front seats are also available, at $595, adding a broader range of adjustability.

Black Label

It costs $48,915 to get behind the wheel of the MKZ Hybrid Black Label, though this does come with features only available as options on more affordable MKZs. These include the 20-speaker audio system and LED headlights from the Reserve. Buyers can choose one of three interior themes for free – Chalet is a cream-and-brown theme, Thoroughbred blends black and tan leather to call up images of saddleries, while Vineyard applies a shade of purple that's basically plucked right from a vine of pinot noir grapes.

The only available options for the Black Label are the Technology Package and its safety gear, or the Climate Package and its heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The prices for these packages are identical to lesser trims.

The real reason to purchase a Black Label, though, is because of the other perks it provides. For example, Black Label owners never need to visit their local dealer – there's a mobile showroom that can help with the purchase. After the sale, Black Label owners can arrange to have their vehicle serviced. A valet will pick the vehicle up, leave a loaner for the customer, drive to the dealership, and then return the vehicle once the service has been finished. Complimentary car washes and an annual detailing are also included in the sale, helping to soften the hefty price hike that comes with upgrading to a Black Label.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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