For the new model year, the 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is no longer a no-cost option. Previously, the MKZ Hybrid shared the same starting price tag as the non-hybrid variant, but that changes for 2020. Now, the MZK Hybrid is only available in a single Reserve trim that’s $5,750 more than the entry-level non-hybrid MKZ.
Despite the disappearance of a base model, the MKZ Hybrid is still a great value option. It’s also one of the few luxury hybrid sedans on the market. The compromise for its value and excellent fuel economy come at the expense of performance – the MKZ Hybrid has very little of that – and an interior that doesn’t live up to other Lincolns.
Choosing Your Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
There’s only one available trim for the MKZ Hybrid: Reserve. Pricing starts at $44,140 including destination.
The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with an electric motor and a continuously variable transmission. A 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is also included. Output is rated at 188 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is the only configuration offered.
Fuel economy for the MKZ Hybrid is EPA rated at 42 miles per gallon city, 39 mpg highway, and 41 combined. Compared to other large luxury hybrid sedans, which there are very few of, the MKZ Hybrid stacks up well.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
All MKZ Hybrids have seating for up to five passengers. Cargo capacity measures in at 11.1 cubic feet. These numbers are a little lower than the regular MKZ, which can hold 15.4 cubic feet in the trunk.
Since the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is only available in one well-equipped trim, it’s packed with safety features. Lincoln CoPilot360 is standard, which means automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams are all included.
Other standard features include adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.
Standard features on the MKZ Hybrid include an 8-inch touchscreen, Lincoln’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, navigation, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, wi-fi hot spot capability, satellite radio, and a 14-speaker audio system. Five 12-volt power points, a 110-volt power outlet, and two front and two rear USB ports are also standard.
The sole MKZ Hybrid Reserve trim comes with all sorts of features. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, heated front seats with 10-way power adjustability and memory, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, and 19-inch wheels. Luxury is enhanced with keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and wood interior trim.
A retractable panoramic roof is an extra $2,000. Adding heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats costs $800 with the Elements Package. Full LED headlights, massaging multi-contour front seats, and a 20-speaker Revel audio system are bundled in the $3,000 Luxury Package.
With the 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid only available in the pricey Reserve trim, configuring the model is a lot easier. While not as luxurious or powerful as other hybrids on the market, the MKZ Hybrid is efficient and well equipped, making it worth the money.