The 2012 Lincoln MKZ gasoline model has the award-winning 3.5-liter Duratec® V6, delivering 263 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 249 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm on regular gasoline. The front-wheel-drive model gets an estimated 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway; the optional all-wheel-drive model gets an estimated 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
Both the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and front-wheel-drive gasoline model start at $34,645 (MSRP); the all-wheel-drive gasoline model starts at $36,535.
And whether owners choose the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid or the new non-hybrid MKZ, there is a good chance they won’t be let down.
The J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Vehicle Dependability Study named Lincoln as the top brand based on the number of problems per 100 vehicles. J.D. Power polled 43,700 original owners on problems experienced during the past 12 months on 2008-model-year vehicles after three years of ownership. Out of 35 brands, Lincoln had the lowest number of problems.
Lincoln’s commitment to being environmentally conscious doesn’t stop under the hood and is apparent in both the MKZ Hybrid and non-hybrid MKZ. Lincoln uses a number of recycled materials in its vehicles with an overall goal of using materials that are both renewable and recyclable.
Both MKZ models feature Lincoln SYNC, an innovation that provides an omnipresent link to contacts and information. In addition to Bluetooth® phone, audible text and MP3 capabilities, Lincoln customers can access Vehicle Health Report (VHR) and 911 Assist™.
Lincoln SYNC Services leverages industry-leading voice recognition software, integrated GPS technology and a customer’s Bluetooth-capable mobile phone. SYNC applications provide simple, hands-free access to personalized traffic reports, precise turn-by-turn driving directions and up-to-date information including business listings, news, sports and weather.
Available for the first time on both models of the MKZ is SYNC® AppLink™, a software application that gives Lincoln SYNC users hands-free voice control of select smartphone apps. The 2012 model year marks the first time AppLink has been available for Lincoln.
The available voice-activated Navigation System includes HD Radio™ technology, which enables more listening options and digital sound quality. No additional equipment or cost is involved.
The Lincoln Premium Sound System features nine speakers and an input jack, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a six-month prepaid subscription is standard. The unique-to-Lincoln TXH® II Certified Audio System with 5.1 Surround Sound is available through the Ultimate Package. Lincoln is the only carmaker in the world to offer customers the TXH audio experience with a system that delivers clean, crisp sound with very little distortion as each speaker is strategically placed to ensure a high-impact listening experience. It features a 12-channel amplifier that delivers 600 watts to 14 speakers and two subwoofers. Also, multichannel DVD audio discs can be played at any time. When in park, DVDs may be played.
BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert is available for the Lincoln MKZ as part of the Navigation Package. Using two multiple-beam radar modules, the system can detect when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone and illuminates an indicator light on the corresponding sideview mirror. Cross-traffic alert uses the same technology to help detect if a car is approaching from either side within 45 feet of the vehicle when backing out of a parking space. The Navigation Package also features a rear view camera.
Source: Lincoln press