The 2012 Lincoln MKZ is very well-equipped, no matter which version you choose: gas-only or Hybrid. And in a marketing move that's given life to the MKZ at the end of its model cycle, the base price is the same for hybrid or gas versions, at around $36,000.
Every MKZ comes with the usual climate control, power features, and a leather interior. The MKZ also offers standard Bluetooth and the connected SYNC system, which uses voice-activated commands to control phones and audio systems. There's a big touchscreen LCD to control the navigation system and other functions by hand, too. For sound, the MKZ sports an AM/FM/CD/MP3 unit with satellite radio and a few months of free service.
Along with the standard leather, the MKZ also has heated and ventilated power front seats, and nicely styled 17-inch wheels. All these features are also included with the MKZ Hybrid, which also gets its distinctive SmartGauge cluster.
The options list isn't very long. For gas-powered cars, Lincoln sells Sirius Travel Link, which sends real-time traffic, weather, and other data to the car's navigation screen. Adaptive headlights and ambient lighting are offered, as is remote start, a moonroof, and a thundering THX-certified surround-sound system.Spend a little time with SYNC system before you start driving. It'll pay benefits a long way down the road, as you change audio tracks, plot new paths and take calls without lifting a hand from the wheel. With SYNC, drivers no longer have to use buttons to do any of those things, though many users get confused in the chain of voice commands.
The MKZ doesn't yet have Ford's trick MyLincoln Touch system, which adds voice control to many more functions, but we expect it's coming when the sedan is replaced in the 2013 model year.