2012 Lincoln MKZ vs. Its Competition

2012 Lincoln MKZ 4-door Sedan Hybrid FWD Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Lincoln MKZ has some European and Asian competitors in sight, both hybrids and non-hybrids alike.

Lexus' HS 250h isn't as efficient as the MKZ and not as spacious, while the ES 350 isn't even as dynamic as the Lincoln, and has no hybrid counterpart.

The Buick Regal is more along the same lines, but has a special GS sport edition, and an eAssist model with improved gas mileage.

The latest Chrysler 300 has a 31-mpg highway rating for V-6 models, but it's substantially bigger and heavier than the MKZ, and a much crisper performer.

So is the Volvo S60, with its turbocharged editions and its available all-wheel drive.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2012 Lincoln MKZ has supple leather and wood trim for luxury-car street cred, and hybrid flower power to appeal to greens.
8.6
A new GS flavor rounds out the 2012 Buick Regal menu, and leaves an even sweeter taste in our mouths.
8.4
Riper and more mature, the latest Chrysler 300 has classically handsome looks and in the right versions, big rear-drive fun.
7.8
The 2012 Lexus ES 350 is a great pick for those who want a lavish interior and the latest in-car tech, but place a priority on comfort over cornering performance.
7.6
The 2012 Lexus HS 250h offers lots of technology along with its high gas mileage, but it's not engaging to drive, nor is its level of luxury particularly spectacular.
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The 2012 Volvo S60 family shows that sport sedans can feel edgy without giving up their leading edge in safety, design, and interior interior comfort.
MSRP From     
$34,755$27,055$27,670$36,725$37,030$31,300
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy35 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Electric I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Electric I4Turbocharged Gas I5
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMidsizeLarge CarsCompactMid-SizeCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD4-Door Sedan Base4-Door Sedan V6 RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan HybridFWD 4-Door Sedan T5 w/Moonroof
Drivetrain     
Front-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedan4-Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Continuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticContinuously variable ratioAutomatic w/Manual Shift