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Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid The Hybrid for Old Guys

Even old want to drive hybrids. I spent a week driving the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, and I’m hoping my craving for the early bird goes away soon.


The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid carries a price of $35,180, along a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, a powertrain warranty and an 8-year/100,000-mile on unique hybrid components. The MKZ is covered by the complimentary Ford Assistance Program for 6 years/70,000 The EPA estimates that the MKZ Hybrid achieve 41 mpg in the city, and 36 mpg on the highway. all sounds pretty good.

I’m sure most MKZ Hybrid will still be driving their vehicle warranties but that may be wishful thinking.

MKZ a platform with the Ford The two vehicles share their wheelbase and mechanical components, but don’t share much MKZ gets the Lincoln nose, a split grill with two big openings separated by a solid that bears the Lincoln The design’s execution gets a tortured at the intersection of the windshield, hood and front fender, but than that, MKZ is fairly and elegant.

A bustle-style trunk lid reminds me of the Bangle-designed BMW 5-series that was so in the mid-2000s, but looks almost and sedate now. MKZ is the smallest and expensive Lincoln in the lineup, but it nicely into the family the MKX, MKS and MKT (Town Car and Navigator are of a bygone age at Lincoln, bearing the of the distant past). MKZ, MKS, radiates maturity and That’s great for old guys who to drive a smaller, more vehicle, but don’t want to be in anything hip or trendy.

No danger of in MKZ.

The maturity and solemnity extend MKZ’s interior. Broad, leather bucket seats generously-proportioned drivers. In a nod to modern both front seats are and ventilated.

The beefy, leather-wrapped wheel houses a half-dozen for audio, telematics and information MKZ’s dash wears nice-looking real wood and houses some sophisticated and software. Lincoln SYNC, voice-activated communications and entertainment is one of my favorite vehicle interfaces, and standard in MKZ.

MKZ’s position is what really it feel like an old guy’s Once I got the manual tilt/telescope wheel into the right and adjusted the power driver’s the flat dashboard was arrayed far in front of me. I was reminded of the driving in a Lincoln from the 1970s, and bet many MKZ buyers will be,

For them, it will be a comfort. I a more assertive driving Second row passengers were content with their and had few complaints about the ease of through the back doors.

MKZ’s trunk is a little at 11.8 cubic feet, but sized to pass the old guy two golf bag

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid panel. Photo Ford Company

One feature that feel like it’s for old is MKZ’s instrument panel, Lincoln brands “SmartGauge EcoGuide.” (I’m not sure why such a premium on word at Ford and Lincoln — perhaps saving weight.) Two full-color LCD flank the central speedometer, instant feedback on the hybrid operation, including fuel-efficiency and levels. The presentation is a little and lighthearted in contrast to the rest of the but it is easy to read and conveys at a glance.

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)

Driving a hybrid is like driving a gas-only for the most part. MKZ’s gas will stop completely the vehicle is at a standstill, and with throttle application, you can get MKZ to roll in EV up to about 20 mph or so. The 2.5-liter inline gas engine and permanent magnet AC electric motor in the MKZ deliver 191 net a modest amount of power for a lb vehicle. Old guys will to recalibrate their senses — a big difference between the sound of the V8 in old Town Cars and the I4 in the MKZ. of a low rumble at acceleration, MKZ’s produces a bit of a mechanical racket.

The noise is reasonably well-damped the cabin, but it’s still and will never be considered to a car guy’s ears. MKZ will throw you back in your with its power, but it won’t be behind in traffic, either. The isn’t floaty and boat-like, as you in a big car, but stiffer and a little than its “luxury” label

Pronounced body roll, with that old guy driving kept me from pushing too through the curves.

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Photo Ford Motor

I wish I liked the MKZ Hybrid but I just didn’t. I didn’t get the of luxury that I look and that Lincoln delivers in the MKT and MKZ feels decidedly entry-level, is odd given its old guy ambiance.

If I were for a small luxury sedan a hybrid powerplant, I actually consider the Ford Fusion I’d load it down with features, and use the savings to treat to some cigars and a nice chair. The Lexus HS 250h a similar entry-level feeling to the MKZ but outdoes the Lincoln in terms of dynamics.

I actually might up to the mid-size and large luxury class, where the luxury a bit thicker. The Lexus GS 450h, BMW 750i and Infiniti M35 Hybrid all thousands more than the MKZ but they deliver world-class in exchange, along with respectable fuel economy.

For some old guys, the Lincoln MKZ might just be just the to get them out of their overstuffed sedans into a new age of more smarter motoring. It just that for most buyers, MKZ is a down the ladder, not a step up.

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)

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