2016 lincoln mkz-hybrid Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is unchanged.
The 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is the hybrid variant of the MKZ midsize luxury sedan and is only available in a front-drive configuration.
A 2.0-liter I-4 paired to an electric motor for a combined output of 188 hp is the only engine available in the 2016 MKZ Hybrid and it’s mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is class competitive at 41/39 mpg city/highway. Trunk space is small at 11.1 cubic feet due to the extra components of the hybrid powertrain. Split-folding rear seats are standard equipment on all MKZ Hybrid variants.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 MKZ Hybrid also comes with knee airbags for front occupants. Inflatable rear seatbelts are available only on the Select and Reserve trim levels. Blind spot warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning are available only on higher trim levels or as part of the Technology package.
The NHTSA gave the 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid a five-star overall safety score (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS testing, the 2015 model received a Good score in four crash tests and Acceptable in the Small Overlap Front evaluations, making it a Top Safety Pick award recipient (Good is the highest possible score). When equipped with the Technology package, the MKZ received a Basic rating in the IIHS’ front crash prevention test (Front crash prevention ratings include Basic, Advanced, and Superior).
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features included in the base 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid are 10-way heated power front seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, the Sync infotainment system with MyLincoln Touch, wood interior accents, adaptive LED headlights, rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, and Bluetooth connectivity. Stepping up to the Select trim level adds a wood steering wheel, power folding side mirrors, configurable daytime running lights, leather upholstery, ambient lighting, and accent lighting on the headlights. The range-topping Reserve trim level comes standard with blind spot warning, a power closing trunk, heated and cooled perforated front seats, heated rear seats, navigation, a heated steering wheel, and auto-dimming driver’s side mirror. The additional standard features found on the Reserve trim can be had on the lower trim levels as optional extras.
What We Think
We noted in a 2014 First Test review that the MKZ Hybrid leans more toward comfort than sportiness thanks to its quiet cabin. There are also plenty of storage spaces inside the cabin and the dash design, with its touch-sensitive buttons, is distinctive. However, infotainment system and gauges are too close in appearance to the mechanically related Ford Fusion Hybrid and takes time to load. The MKZ’s biggest strength, on the other hand, is its distinctive exterior styling, which enables it to stand out. While it isn’t the quickest car on the road, the MKZ Hybrid is one of the more distinctive sedans around.
- Great fuel economy
- Distinctive exterior styling
- Quiet interior
You Won’t Like:
- Infotainment system is slow to load
- Gauges and infotainment graphics are too similar to the Ford Fusion
- A Ford Fusion in business clothing