2012 Lincoln MKZ vs. Its Competition

2012 Lincoln MKZ 4-door Sedan Hybrid FWD Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin 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.

2012 Lincoln MKZ 4-door Sedan Hybrid FWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 Lincoln MKZ
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2012 Buick Regal GS2012 Buick Regal
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2012 Chrysler 300 SRT82012 Chrysler 300
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2012 Lexus HS 250h 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2012 Lexus HS 250h
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2012 Volvo S60 AWD 4-door Sedan T6 Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volvo S60
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Lincoln MKZ has supple leather and wood trim for luxury-car street cred, and hybrid flower power to appeal to greens.
A new GS flavor rounds out the 2012 Buick Regal menu, and leaves an even sweeter taste in our mouths.
Riper and more mature, the latest Chrysler 300 has classically handsome looks and in the right versions, big rear-drive fun.
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.
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    
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy35 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas V6Gas/Electric I4Turbocharged Gas I5
EPA Class    
Midsize CarsMidsizeLarge CarsMid-SizeCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD4-Door Sedan Base4-Door Sedan V6 RWD4-Door Sedan HybridFWD 4-Door Sedan T5
Front-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
SedanSedan4-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Continuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftContinuously variable ratioAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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