2012 Lincoln MKZ Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Ingot Silver Metallic
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$9,937 - $12,634
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
41 City / 36 HWY
Horsepower
191-263
Seats
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How 2012 Lincoln MKZ Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.4 Overall Score
Performance 3.4Comfort 3.8Styling 3.1Value 3.3

What's New

There has been little more than tweaking for the 2012 model of the Lincoln MKZ, a reliable indicator that an all-new MKZ sedan is just over the horizon. In the interim, numerous premium features have been made standard, such as heated and cooled seats. And, as with most Ford passenger vehicles, there remains a huge emphasis on in-car technology, such as SYNC Applink. Finally, there are two new metallic colors: Crystal Champagne and Cinnamon.

Lincoln MKZ Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Base $10,913 - $12,634
Horsepower: 263 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7.5, 18 x 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 191 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7.5, 17 x 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.51
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Do not buy this model of a Lincoln.

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Unfortunately this car is cool. It is comfy and rides nice but I have has multiple issues. The radio glitches out and will not connect to my phone or even turn the volume on. The drive shaft and hub shaft went which is know to in these cars. If I didn't have a powertrain warranty I would of fished out 5, 000 for the drive shaft multiple times. Also the car does not have a gas cap so a evap code will pop up when dirt get caught in your gas cap intake. Hope this helps!

Courtney J
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My Lincoln mkz looks stylish and drives great. It is a comfortable luxury sedan.

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My Lincoln mkz is very comfortable. It has a lot of bells and whistles. I love the navigation system and use it everyday. I love the heated and cooled seats. It has good acceleration and traction and drives nice. I did have a problem with the air conditioner however. The air conditioner compressor stopped working around 50, 000 miles. Luckily I had purchased an extended warranty which covered the repair costs for this. Overall I am very happy with the car.

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The interior of the car is really nice. Plenty of legroom front and back.

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Has many recalls. Quality is not what a Lincoln used to be. The door jams broke the headliner came unglued. It took the dealer several times to replace the liner. It didn't stay up so they sent it but to have it done. We had it in the shop for several different issues. Noises when stopping. didn't find anything first 3 times. Finally found a loose something.

Di W
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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$10,913 - $12,634
$9,937 - $11,640

Horsepower

Horsepower
263 (hp)
191 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L DOHC 24
2.5L 16, Permanent magnet electric motor
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Optional
Optional
Optional

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Standard
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Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.3 (in.)
42.3 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.7 (in.)
38.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.7 (in.)
36.7 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.8 (in.)
37.8 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
16.5 (cu. ft.)
11.8 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Leather
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
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Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
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Wheelbase

Wheelbase
107.4 (in.)
107.4 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.7 (ft.)
37.5 (ft.)

Length

Length
189.8 (in.)
189.8 (in.)

Width

Width
72.2 (in.)
72.2 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3796 (.lbs)
3756 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
263 (hp)
191 Combined (hp)

Torque

Torque
249 (ft. lbs.)
- TBD - (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

Gas Electric Hybrid
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Standard

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
16.5 (gal.)
17.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
21 (mpg)
39 (mpg)

City

City
17 (mpg)
41 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
25 (mpg)
36 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
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Not Available
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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

HID Headlights
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Optional
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Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
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Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Optional
Optional
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Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Not Available
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Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Roof Strength
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Driver-side Overlap Front
M
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Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
  • Brake actuated traction control *
  • Advance Trac w/electronic stability control *
  • MyKey system -inc: top speed limiter, audio volume limiter, early low fuel warning, programmable sound chimes, Beltminder w/audio mute
  • Dual stage driver & front passenger airbags w/occupant classification system *
  • Front side impact airbags
  • 1st & 2nd row side curtain airbags
  • Reverse sensing system *
  • SOS post crash alert
  • Personal safety system -inc: crash sensing system, restraint control module *
  • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Emergency trunk release
  • Tire pressure monitor system (TPMS)
  • Driver knee airbag

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (4)

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Air Bags Nov 1, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Nov 1, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V775000
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2010 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and 2010-2012 Lincoln MKZ vehicles that previously received a replacement passenger air bag under recall 16V-384, 17V-024 or 18V-046. In the event of a crash requiring deployment of the passenger air bag, the bracket that secures the air bag inflator to the module housing may deform, allowing the gas that inflates the air bag to leak out.
Consequence:
If the air bag does not inflate as intended, there is an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Remedy:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S34.
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Air Bags Jan 7, 2019
Report Receipt Date:
Jan 7, 2019
NHTSA Campaign:
19V001000
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2014 Ford Mustang vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or "Zone A." Additionally, Ford is recalling certain 2011 Ford Ranger and Mercury Milan vehicles, 2011-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ vehicles and 2011-2014 Ford Mustang vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia or "Zone B." Ford is also recalling certain 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles, 2010-2011 Ford Ranger and Mercury Milan vehicles, 2010-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ vehicles, and 2010-2014 Ford Musta...
Consequence:
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 18, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall 19S01.
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Air Bags Jan 10, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Jan 10, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V024000
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2012 Ford Fusion and Mustang and Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Ford is recalling certain 2009 Ford Ranger, Edge, Fusion and Mustang, Lincoln MKX, MKZ and Zephyr and Mercury Milan vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" or "Zone B" above, Ford is recalling certain 2007-2008 Ford Ranger, Edge and Lincoln MKX, 2006-2008 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, L...
Consequence:
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Interim letters informing owners of the recall and that parts are not yet available are expected to begin February 27, 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 17S01.
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Steering Jun 2, 2015
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 2, 2015
NHTSA Campaign:
15V340000
Summary:
Ford Moor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Ford Fusion vehicles without a 3.5L engine and Lincoln MKZ hybrid electric vehicles, 2011 Mercury Milan vehicles, 2011-2012 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with a 3.5L GTDI engine and 2013 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with any available engine. The affected vehicles have electric power steering assist systems that may shut down as a result of a steering motor sensor fault.
Consequence:
If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will check the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) for Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC). If dealers find any loss of steering assist DTCs, the steering gear will be replaced, free of charge. If, no codes are found during the PSCM inspection, the PSCM software will be updated, free of charge. Interim notices were mailed to owners on July 20, 2015. Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S18.

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