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2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Review Car Reviews

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Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)

Lincoln’s MKZ Hybrid delivers on its but what about its style?


1. Lincoln boasts the MKZ is the most fuel-efficient luxury car on the with a 41/36-mpg (city/hwy)

2. Fuel economy is up significantly the V6-powered MKZ, which 18/27-mpg.

3. Using the same Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder the Fusion Hybrid, the Lincoln MKZ makes 191-hp and can travel at of up to 40-mph on pure electric

4. Pricing for this fuel-efficient car starts at just $34,330.

set free from it’s shackles, is taking Lexus to dishing up a new variation on a solid to push the trapezoidal Prius-in-a-tux back into the ocean – in the of the MKZ Hybrid. The model itself is new for even if much of the technology and behind it is not.


Like the HS250h, the MKZ shares much of its DNA with a jeans brother, in this the Ford Fusion. If you’ve any time in the regular MKZ, you’ll feel right at in this one. Even the basic design of this car is now to eight years old, it cuts a unmistakable profile a sea of gilded-edge mobile porridge and the new front fascia and tail – introduced on all MKZs originally for the model year, make it more mature and perhaps a little menacing (a certain Lord from Middle comes to mind for this

Unfortunately, aside from hybrid badges, there’s to distinguish the MKZ Hybrid as a “green” something that surely help move these off dealer lots.

It’s put together too – panel gaps are and precise – the chrome is not over the top and the is better than some cars competing in this (is it just me, or does orange seem to be enjoying a resurgence as of

Inside, the MKZ Hybrid isn’t what you’d call The dash and switchgear is as familiar as pie, but even though the is getting on in years, the ergonomics are good. The seats are actually supportive, with excellent and rake adjustment, yet without the bolstering found on some sedans, which can leave you to stretch your back just an hour of driving. and cooled rotary knobs are a nice touch and the Bridge of leather – straight from — is distinctive, yet tasteful.

Front passengers also get comfort in the shape of 10-way adjustment.

Fit and finish inside are good for this class of car – feels solid, from the power window switches to the signal stalk and shifter plus the real wood have a nice, deep to them. However, the biggest between the bent-six powered Z and one, at least from concerns the dash.


the speedometer is a ‘smart gauge’ This allows you to monitor system functions as well as you to try and be a more fuel-efficient driver. it’s more pedestrian counterpart, the display has white inspired leaves, which over time into a tree, as a reward for being with the throttle. (According to official stats, over the of one year, a driver can save 200 gallons of fuel and two tons of Dioxide emissions compared a standard mid-size luxo

Additional monitoring such as engine power transfer, and active fuel economy can be switched on or tuned out depending on how information the driver wishes to


Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)

In terms of economy, Lincoln is pushing thing on the merits of achieving in town and 36-mpg on the open versus a rating of 17/29-mpg for the V6 It does this by utilizing Ford calls its second-generation powertrain, a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine, teamed with an motor. Based on technology in Ford’s other Hybrids and from Toyota’s original the MKZ is a ‘pure’ hybrid, able to run on electric power at speeds up to 44

What’s interesting, is that to Ford engineers, this doubles the EV vehicle speed some of Toyota’s own offerings, the HS250h.

On busy traffic and Segway streets of the Nation’s Capital, we had a to see if the MKZ was all it was cracked up to be. The 2.5-liter twin cam puts out 156 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 135 of torque at 2250 revs. that might not seem combined with the electric the result is 191 net horsepower (electric you’ve got the equivalent of 106 hp), so in of acceleration, the MKZ Hybrid isn’t as as you might think.

Combined the electronic CVT transmission, it’s not you’d call sprightly off the nor is it particularly involving and can at times to be a bit glacial, especially when to overtake on faster roads – but most circumstances, it gets the job

In town, the transition from to gas-engine is barely noticeable at all and to the acoustic laminated windshield and sound deadening, the car is whisper – the biggest noises we heard from expansion joints on the and random potholes on D.C. and streets.

Engineers updated the with revised suspension and tuning on all MKZs for the 2010 year and the Hybrid delivers a blend of supple ride and fairly taut handling for class of car, especially with Lexus. The steering is and crisp – both at low and higher and whether cruising along the or negotiating busy downtown the car is among the most maneuverable in the The regenerative braking is also relaxed, not overtly aggressive as on hybrids, but compared to driving a gas-engined vehicle, pedal is a little strange at first – the progression found in most systems.


Some hybrids to be long on style and short on but from our observations; Lincoln’s of the MKZ as ‘the most fuel luxury sedan in America’ is no boast. While we weren’t to reach 41 mpg in town, city economy in the high 30s is still impressive – so is a 40-plus mph maximum motor vehicle speed and the that as a hybrid, the MKZ is still satisfying to drive from an standpoint (most truly

When you factor in the MKZ’s price ($34,330) and it’s feature content (including a THX sound system, My Key, voice activated info/entertainment/communications, as integrated blind spot and reverse sensing), then basic design or not, mid-size contender manages to a velvet fisted punch in ways than one.

When it comes down to it, as far as brand hybrids go, the 2011 MKZ is an and, therefore, a smart But without the futuristic style of hybrid offerings, it might be as the Boomer’s green vehicle And as hybrids go, it seems that the a car portrays is at least as important as its economy.

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)

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