2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Review

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2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Overview

The Lincoln MKZ is available with a trio of engines, including a turbo-4, a twin-turbo V-6, and a hybrid. The hybrid is the humblest of the range, but it is available with all the convenience and luxury as the rest of the range and obviously better fuel economy. For 2018, Lincoln added four exterior paint colors for the MKZ but otherwise left the mid-size luxury sedan alone. The 2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is available in Premiere, Select, Reserve, or Black Label trims. The base Premiere starts at $35,605 while a loaded Black Label pushes $50,000.

The MKZ Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four coupled with two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery that produce 188hp combined. It also only comes with front-wheel drive. It excels in the fuel economy department. The EPA rates the MKZ Hybrid at 41 mpg city, 38 highway, and 40 combined, and it runs on regular gasoline.

The MKZ in its base configuration offers synthetic leather seats and sparse interior appointments. Things get better when you tick the option boxes, though, as the Select model adds leather and wood. All models have heated power front seats, an8.0-inch infotainment screen, and an 11-speaker stereo. The MKZ offers Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Stepping up to the Reserve adds navigation and a power trunk. The Reserve also gets a Terracotta/Ebony interior color scheme. The range-topping model is the Black Label, and it gets leather seats, a 20-speaker stereo and the choice of three special interior color schemes. Black Label buyers also get free car washes and an annual detailing at the dealership for the next four years. Other options include a heated steering wheel and rear seats, a better stereo, and a panoramic moonroof. The trunk offers 11.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

All Lincoln MKZ Hybrids come with a reversing camera, and the Select model adds blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts. Other active safety features include active-lane control, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam headlights, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, which are bundled in an available Technology Package. In federal crash testing, the MKZ got five out of five stars overall.


Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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