2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Black Label

Welcome to the exclusive MKZ club, with this hybrid luxury sedan.

  • Likes
  • ride comfort
  • handling
  • quiet interior
  • amenities
  • Dislikes
  • elastic band steering
  • display that washes out in the sun

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Black Label is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Hybrid Cars

In an effort to move upmarket, Lincoln has launched a Black Label service for two of its models, the MKZ and MKC. 

The Black Label Edition includes custom design themes with colors and materials that are only available through the Black Label service. It also includes free car-washes and routine service for the first four years or 50,000 miles.

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid we tested was a hybrid version in eye-catching Chroma Flare Red, a $1,750 option. The interior was outfitted with black leather seats with Alcantara inserts and headliner and featured red accents and black wood trim on the doors and dash. It looks and feels luxurious but does not fully overcome the MKZ's plebeian underpinnings.

On the road, the MKZ Black Edition rides well and steering is reasonably sharp, though we found its self-centering to be too abrupt. The 188 hp hybrid powertrain feels underpowered for such a large and heavy sedan. While it may enhance fuel economy, the hybrid MKZ's continuously variable transmission does no favors for overall performance. However, the MKZ Hybrid is rated at 40 mpg overall, and our testing indicates that it is possible to attain close to that figure in real world driving, although it requires a very light foot to do so. At home in the slog of city commuting, where its gas/ electric powertrain pays dividends in smoothness and efficiency, the MKZ Hybrid Black Edition may be just the ticket for those who want a comfortably-trimmed eco-friendly transportation experience. Those who wish for a more engaged or sporting drive would do well to consider the competition, including Lincoln's own MKZ 2.0T, which is both cheaper and quicker.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile premium maintenance

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Specs

Base Price: $45,555

As Tested: $45,555

  • 41 / 39 mpg
  • EPA
  • 9.4 sec
  • 0-60
  • 188 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 109 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.0-liter inline-4 hybrid
  • Horsepower: 188 hp
  • Torque: 129
  • Transmission: continuously-variable-speed
  • Curb Weight: 3,792 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 112.2 in
  • Length: 194.1 in
  • Width: 73.4 in
  • Height: 58.1 in
  • Turning circle: 38 ft
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc
  • Suspension: 4-wheel independent suspension
  • Traction: stability and traction control
  • 0-60 mph: 9.4 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 170 ft.
  • Top Speed: 109 mph
  • EPA City: 41 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 39 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 40 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: 5 star overall nhtsa safety rating

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