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in 2012 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $20,592 - $20,592
Original MSRP: $34,755 - $34,755
MPG: 41 City / 36 Hwy
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2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Interior

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While reviewers say the interior on the 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is nice, they also say that the design is bland and doesn’t live up to Lincoln’s luxury aspirations. Several point out that the interior isn’t that much different from what’s available on the Ford Fusion. And, while the cabin is quiet and sports high-tech features that work well, the overall atmosphere is dull.

  • "Many interior surfaces are textured and padded, though most look and feel little different than a comparable Fusion." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Inside the ultra-quiet, premium-quality cabin are generous portions of real wood, aluminum-look trim and chrome accents." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "In base trim, there's little to differentiate the cabin from the Fusion, due to dismal black plastic littered across the dash and down the center stack. Buyers can solve this problem by opting up for the Executive Package, which covers the dark stuff with eco-friendly wood veneer, though the look is merely a stop gap." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "The good news is that while the instrument panel may not be the most stunning piece of interior design we've come across, it is well sorted. During our brief stint behind the wheel, we couldn't come up with anything to complain about ergonomically. The steering-wheel mounted controls for cruise and entertainment are easy enough to memorize and the buttons on the center stack, while cheap, are a cinch to navigate. Inside, the MKZ Hybrid is a case of function over form." -- Autoblog

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Seating

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid seats five on seats that come with standard leather upholstery. Most reviewers agree that the front seats, which are heated and ventilated, offer plenty of comfort, but lack the sporty bolstering found in performance-oriented midsize cars. While some reviewers comment on generous back seat accommodations, others counter that the MKZ Hybrid may not offer enough legroom behind the front seats.

  • "Headroom and legroom are adequate for six-footers. MKZ's seats are designed for soft comfort rather than sporty bolstering. In that light, this car succeeds as a comfortable highway cruiser, though some testers find the seats too flat for optimal long-drive support." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Rear-seat space is surprisingly generous, with more than three feet of legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Lincoln also has done well by offering extremely comfortable seats wrapped in high-quality leather as standard equipment. Typically, manufacturers ask for more of your hard-earned money when words such as ‘heated,’ ‘cooled’ and ‘power’ get thrown around." -- MSN
  • "The hides are from some far-flung corner of Scotland where the tanners still use a chromium-free curing process -- something that's important when you're selling a car that's supposed to be doing its part to save the planet. The perforated thrones breathe well, are nearly infinitely power adjustable and they're heated and cooled. Even better, they're standard equipment." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Reviewers are pleased with the 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’s long list of standard features. In particular, they like the MKZ’s SmartGauge, which displays how efficiently you’re driving with little flowers that “bloom” when you’re using less fuel. Overall, most reviewers are pleased with how the MKZ Hybrid’s interior tech works, but reviewers don’t miss a chance to point out that, overall, the MKZ Hybrid’s interior needs more of a luxury feel. 

  • "Redundant steering-wheel and touchscreen controls are helpful as well. Hybrids have ‘SmartGauge’ digital-graphic readouts that are integrated into the main gauge cluster. They include helpful guides for driving efficiently." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "A navigation package is available … and includes safety technology such as a blind-spot awareness system and a semicompetent voice-activated navigation system. During our time with the car, we found it less distracting to simply pull over and manually enter an address than to try to talk to the car, but results may vary depending on how like a computer you sound." -- MSN 
  • "The Lincoln’s dash mimics the Fusion’s nifty customizable instrument cluster, with its cool virtual plant growing leaves as a reward for economical driving -- although the Lincoln version additionally sprouts up to five flowers. Each flower is progressively harder to cultivate, and they remain in the display until the fuel-economy monitor is reset or the car crashes into a VW New Beetle, at which point they will be transferred to the Beetle’s dash-mounted vase." -- Car and Driver
  • "The cabin of the MKZ is fortified with better sound-deadening treatment, and standard creature comforts include 10-way power adjustable heated and cooled front seats and wood-accented leather surrounds, which enrich the drive experience." -- Road and Track
  • "A large LCD touch-screen controls everything from hands-free phone calls to climate and entertainment, leaving little need for the controls positioned lower on the center stack." -- Popular Mechanics

Cargo

Reviewers don’t comment about the 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’s trunk. However, like most hybrids, the MKZ gives up some cargo room for its battery pack. As a result, the MKZ Hybrid has 11.8 cubic feet of trunk space and also lacks split-folding rear seats, which can increase cargo capacity. While not dismal, it’s not class-leading either. The Lexus HS 250h has a slightly larger trunk at 12.1 cubic feet.

One reviewer comments favorably on the MKZ Hybrid’s nice-sized glovebox and center console.  

  • “Hybrid models give up some trunk space and split-folding rear seat backs in order to accommodate the battery. A decently sized glovebox and center console offer good small-item storage." -- Consumer Guide

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