Overall, the LINCOLN MKZ offers the best of two worlds; it drives like a rather youthful, sporty sedan, but it comes supremely appointed with real wood trim, Bridge of Weir leather and its interior is luxury-car quiet. The LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid is sold as a separate model-- it uses a 2.5L Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine, which is part of a hybrid system that utilizes electric battery-driven motors to recapture energy lost in coasting and braking, using it to aid gas mileage when accelerating. The LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid's system makes up to 191 net hp, but it's capable of accelerating using only electricity at low speeds and very light loads, or it can cruise using electric power only at speeds of up to 47 mph. The Hybrid also gets a SmartGauge instrument cluster which includes an EcoGuide that helps coach the driver toward better mileage.
All LINCOLN MKZ sedans include Sync connectivity, which allows voice-driven commands for smartphones and media players connected through Bluetooth or a USB cable. With it, you can get other services through Sync apps--for traffic reports, turn-by-turn directions, news, or weather, for instance. Heated-and-cooled front seats, a keypad-based keyless entry system, and driver's side power-seat memory settings are also included throughout the model line.
The Ultimate Package, gets an exclusive 600-watt THX II-Certified surround-sound audio system that includes a 12-channel amplifier and 14 speakers. It includes DVD Audio capability as well as DVD-viewing capability when the vehicle is parked. There's also a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), packaged with the navigation system, that uses radar sensors to detect either when a vehicle is in the driver's blind spot or when it's in approaching as potential cross-traffic, warning the driver with a light in the side mirror.
Other available high-tech features (all included with the Ultimate Package) include rain-sensing wipers, and adaptive headlamps that help aim the beam into corners depending speed and steering input. HD Radio technology is included with the navigation system.