LINCOLN Reviews & News

"Most Dependable Entry Premium Car, Two Years In a Row."

Most Dependable Entry Premium Car, Two Years In a Row.

The LINCOLN MKZ is the "Most Dependable Entry Premium Car" for the second year in a row according to J.D. Power and Associates.*

"The Lincoln transformation toward becoming a world-class luxury brand is underway," said Ken Czubay, Ford Motor Company Vice President, U.S. Sales, Marketing & Service. " It's personally gratifying to our Lincoln-dedicated team that third-parties are seeing the results of the Lincoln team's long-term quality focus."

This year's study was based on responses from almost 44,000 owners of 2008 model year vehicles. The three-year, new-car dependability survey covers 202 different problem areas that may occur within eight major vehicle categories, such as engine and transmission, seats and exterior. The rankings are determined by the number of problems reported per 100 vehicles.

And seven new or significantly refreshed models are planned in the next three years. The Lincoln team continues to push even harder to deliver class-leading technology, standout vehicle design and new powertrains - all with an eye toward long-term dependability.

*The Lincoln MKZ received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among entry premium cars in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010-2011 Vehicle Dependability StudiesSM. 2011 study based on 43,779 consumer responses measuring problems consumers experienced in the past 12 months with three-year old vehicles (2008 model-year cars and trucks). Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed October-December 2010. Your experiences may vary. Visit

2011 LINCOLNS in the News

What's New for 2011 LINCOLN Car, Crossover and SUV


LINCOLN's big sedan, available in both normally aspirated and turbo forms, is little changed for 2011. Four new colors are available (Bordeaux Reserve Red, Kona Blue, Sterling Gray and Silver Diamond). And four colors are canceled (Atlantis Green, Cinnamon, Ingot Silver and Steel Blue). The LINCOLN MKS also gets an updated audio-navigation system with an internal disc drive, a 10GB music jukebox and Sirius Travel Link along with THX II 5.1 surround sound, HD Radio and an in-dash single slot for discs.


The LINCOLN MKT gets the same upgraded audio-navigation system as the LINCOLN MKS. For 2011, the LINCOLN MKT can also be had in three new paint colors (Bordeaux Reserve Red, Earth Metallic and Kona Blue). Cinnamon, Steel Blue and Sterling Gray are no longer available. The one-touch power-fold-and-tumble third-row seat is now included in the Elite package.


The LINCOLN MKX receives a quite substantial reworking for 2011. Most noticeable is the new look with the split-grille or "bow-wave" grille that's made its way through all recently redesigned LINCOLN. The rear-end styling was also substantially changed with LED taillamps. The interior has actually undergone an even more significant transformation, going from mediocre to class-competitive in a tough class. The biggest gee-whiz feature is the debut of the MyLINCOLN Touch system, a new entertainment and information interface with a jewel-tone scheme. Should you hate buttons and knobs, your LINCOLN MKX will please you with its touch-sensitive (iPod style) controls. The LINCOLN MKX is a more convincing luxury vehicle than the model it replaces and is available with just about every nicety available anywhere within the LINCOLN world. It's powered by a 3.7-liter V6 bolted to a six-speed automatic. It can be ordered in front-drive or all-wheel-drive form.


The big news for LINCOLN's little sedan is the availability of a new hybrid model. The LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid uses a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder combined with a 275-volt sealed nickel-metal hydride battery, a CVT (continuously variable transmission), a 70 kW electric motor and regenerative braking to deliver a combined output of 191 horsepower while returning an estimated 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The LINCOLN MKZ line gets three new paint colors and sheds three others. It also gets new HD Radio capability and a new available voice-activated communications and entertainment system.

2011 LINCOLN Navigator:

Headlining the changes for 2011: 20-inch polished aluminum wheels replace 20-inch chrome aluminum wheels. The interior gets a trim makeover with burnished bronze accents replacing satin-nickel, Olive Ash wood trim takes over for Fineline Ebony and Walnut Swirl Wood trim replaces Figured Maple. The 2011 LINCOLN Navigator, like most of the LINCOLN line, gets an updated voice-activated "LINCOLNSync" stereo-navigation system.

2011 LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid
Standard Luxury - Hybrid efficiency meets LINCOLN luxury. In addition to projected 41 city mpg*,
LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid offers all the standard luxury features you expect from LINCOLN.
Hand-crafted eco-conscious Bridge of Weir leather, olive ash wood trim from sustainably sourced
forests, heated and cooled front seats and the SYNC® voice-activated communications system**
are just the beginning. Plus the spacious interior proves that you can enjoy the indulgence of a
luxury sedan and all the environmental benefits of a hybrid vehicle.

2011 MKZ Hybrid Powertrain and Efficiency
LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid is projected to get more than 700 city miles on a single tank of gas, making it the most fuel-efficient luxury car in America.*

Bridge of Weir Leather is regarded as one of the most eco-conscious leathers available. Its organic chromium-free tanning process ensures that the leather can be recycled, and creates environmentally sustainable by-products along the way.

Even better? Bridge of Weir leather comes standard

2011 MKZ Hybrid Interior

Road Test - 2011 LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid First Drive

Fuel-Efficiency for the Country Club Set

By John O'Dell, Senior Editor, Edmunds Green Car Advisor | Published Sept 10, 2010

LINCOLN's aiming the LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid directly at the Lexus HS 250h, and in a short back-to-back drive of the two cars we came away convinced that, in this category at least, LINCOLN trumps Lexus. Handily.

We weren't able to put a stopwatch to it, but the 2011 LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid feels at least as peppy as the Lexus, which we've previously timed at 8.7 seconds for a 0-60-mph sprint.

The LINCOLN feels larger inside and handles just a bit better, with a tighter, more controlled steering feel and more linear brake pedal action thanks to a better blending of regenerative and conventional brake systems.

The LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid, although leaning a little toward old-fashioned elegance versus the Lexus' more modern look, also offers a much nicer interior. The leather is richer and the seats have more contouring, with slightly plusher seat bottoms. Even the dashboard of the LINCOLN is less plasticky-looking.

All that stuff is subjective, though.

Fortunately for LINCOLN, fuel economy, which is measurable, is a big selling point for any hybrid, even a luxury model. This is where the 2011 LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid, at 41 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway, really delivers — especially if much of your driving is in stop-and-go city traffic, where the LINCOLN shines.

The Lexus HS 250h, by comparison, is rated at just 35 mpg in the city, almost 15 percent less than the LNCOLN MKZ Hybrid, and 35 mpg on the highway. Its combined fuel economy of 35 mpg is 10 percent less than the 2011 LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid's 39 mpg overall rating.

Wouldn't it be inspiring if the MKZ Hybrid awarded you with images of Cuban cigars or Tiffany diamonds?

LINCOLN achieves such stellar city numbers by outfitting the LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid with a next-generation 1.4 kilowatt-hour nickel-metal hydride battery pack that is lighter and more energy-dense than its predecessor.

That enables the 2011 LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid to drive for short periods at speed of up to 47 mph in all-electric drive — versus a 25-mph top speed in all-electric mode for the HS 250h. The LINCOLN MKZ's hybrid control logic is programmed so the gas engine shuts down whenever there's enough juice in the batteries to permit low-speed all-electric drive.

Those same batteries — recharged on the fly by the LINCOLN's impressively unnoticeable regenerative braking system — let the 40-horsepower electric motor send a nice bit of oomph to the 156-hp, 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle gas engine when extra power is needed for hill climbing, passing and other such endeavors.

Separately, the gas engine delivers 136 lb-ft of torque, the electric motor 166 lb-ft, and when the two are working together the combined rating is 191 hp.

Go Softly
LINCOLN's engineers, as LINCOLN is wont to do, have opted to tune the front-wheel-drive LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid's ride and handling on the gentle side — not cushiony, as in LINCOLN's of yore — but not sporty either.

Oh, it gets you around corners and over sinuous mountain routes just fine, but if the boy racer in you screams for the adrenaline rush that comes with hanging the tail out on corners and feeling the seat springs in your kidneys when accelerating away from stop signs in a cloud of tire smoke, well, this hybrid, or any hybrid for that matter, is not for you.

Acceleration and top speed should be about the same, though — despite its abundance of electronic doodads and that big chromed grille, the 2011 LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid weighs in at 3,752 pounds, only about 50 pounds more than the non-hybrid version, according to LINCOLN.

Flower Power
Those doodads include voice-activated LINCOLN Sync for obvious reasons — that provides Bluetooth phone and MP3 player connectivity; a THX II certified, 14-speaker audio system (with 5.1 surround-sound); heated and cooled front seats clad in eco-friendly leather; and a reverse sensing system.

What really sets the 2011 LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid apart is its flowering fuel-efficiency gauge. It has green leafy icons on the instrument panel that grow and sprout new leaves or branches as your fuel-efficiency increases — a visual prompt to help you drive more efficiently. But LINCOLN ratchets up the game by adding flowers — apple blossoms, to be exact. They bloom on the LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid's "SmartGauge with EcoGuide" as you improve your fuel economy and you can get up to 20 of them, a veritable bouquet, if you keep at it.

We averaged 35.5 mpg over a 30-mile fuel-efficiency challenge route through Washington, D.C., and the adjacent Maryland horse country during part of our test-drive.

We expect that an owner would get better fuel economy after the newness wore off and the temptation to stand on the accelerator to see what the car will do went away — but we see doing that as part of our job.

Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.