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The 2011 MKZ midsize sedan makes a drivetrain a no-cost option to go with the dazzling Sync and Bluetooth feature. Gas or gas-electric it has a $35,180 base price freight. Technically, the 2011 MKZ knockout features to an aging

Its uncertain success may hinge on unrelated to high-tech, such as the Lincoln brand has traction upscale consumers in the near-luxury that Lincoln declares to be in with uncertain economic

In a day of driving the Lincoln MKZ last we saw flat boulevards, beautifully parks (thank you, taxpayers), and dozens of security in Washington, D.C.; and breathtaking horse farms, and country in suburban Virginia. But not many back roads that tell you how the MKZ stacks up to an Audi A6, CTS, or Infiniti G37. I the answer would be: To a Buick, nicely.

To Lincoln s credit, I was by how little hybrid-car noise was by the MKZ. Or road noise or any kind of noise. Most including the Lexus HS 250h review ) that is the closest of the MKZ, have lots of sounds that are an acquired The MKZ does, too.

You just don t them.

41 mpg City Driving, Up to 47 mph on Power

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle gasoline engine and electric rated at 191 net horsepower. It is rated at 41 mpg in driving (35 mpg city, 39 mpg combined) vs. 35 mpg for the Lexus HS 250h. If this of thing intrigues you, claims the MKZ under optimal (fully charged battery, on the throttle) can go as fast as 47 mph on battery alone, vs. 25 mph tops for the Lexus

And the MKZ hybrid blows away its V6 MKZ twin, with is rated at 18 mpg 27 mpg highway, 23 mpg overall. The only to the MKZ hybrid vs. MKZ gas are slower straight-line and a bit of the trunk lost to the hybrid pack.

I managed to do a bit worse Lincoln s claimed averages driving, averaging 34 mpg, driving hard or hot-rodding, a co-driver matched the overall With the Lexus, I did a bit better the average, although the roads different. It may be that my driving doesn t match Ford s expectations for drivers; I also to underperform driving a then-new Fusion hybrid (see ).

Technology Up the Wazoo

When you buy a or Ford car, even the that have been a couple years, you get a lot of technology. of it is high-tech such as Sync, of it is intriguing mild tech, as the Easy Fuel capless gas filler (photo right).

are some of technologies I believe a difference for Lincoln:

The SmartGauge EcoGuide is a pair of reconfigurable LCD gauges flanking the fixed speedometer. They give you levels of information on how you re driving, tachometer and trip computer and a tricky-at-first pair of needles and bar that show your and battery power capabilities and how you are to lighting off the gasoline engine. The leaves that grow in and number as you drive economically may be a or it may be a useful tool; at first I gimmick, now I can see both sides.

The blind sport detection (Blind Spot Information in Lincoln terminology) is typical of higher-end cars, somewhat in that it lacks no warning than the LEDs in the mirror. other cars with BSD have an audible alert because it s sensed by the passengers as or a tactile feedback vibration in the wheel (noticed only by the whis is good). Lincoln tell me the blinking LEDs are all you I think Ford/Lincoln comes up here. When backing, the BSD sensors also alert you of traffic when you re backing out of a in the mall, and for that there is an alert.

That s unique, and

But there s no lane departure or active cruise control which are on some of the car s Lincoln might aspire to in a midsize BMW 5 or Audi A6. The Lexus HS 250h has departure warning and a head-up as options but no blind spot Oddly, Lincoln compares the MKZ to the BMW 3 which is a closer price (that Lincoln still because of the number and sky-high of BMW options), but for cockpit room and comfort, the MKZ (191 inches is more of a mid-size than

Sync is, well, Sync, and means it s excellent. It s not quite as as the My Lincoln Touch Sync coming on the truly new (not enhanced) MKX midsize crossover, but it s impressive, and it s standard on all Lincolns (on Ford models it s $395): USB for most any kind of music Bluetooth, streaming Bluetooth free crash notification your phone (911 vehicle health report from the car via cellphone to the Lincoln free rudimentary navigation and voice prompts, no moving on cars not equipped with navigation.

The premium audio is built around THX technology. It s THX isn t a brand of audio gear or an processing scheme like Pro Logic, but rather a set of specs assures high-quality, undistorted

THX strikes me as a gold standard for car Too bad more cars don t offer it.

Cockpit, Sustainable Woods, Not Too Chrome

To my eye, Lincoln has a good job in the post-Lincoln Town Car era of a luxurious cockpit that s a alternative to what s offered by Japanese and German cars. The trim includes a sustainable choice. The seats are heated and both standard.

The interior used restraint, an attribute not associated with too-much-is-just-enough cockpit design.

Bottom Is the Whole Is Less Than the Sum of Its

At the press launch of the Lincoln Lincoln brought out consumer-trends and futurists who declared that, a doubt, the trend is away conspicuous consumption and flashy names to simpler luxuries satisfy the user and provide value. Which by no small is just how Lincoln sees its since it has no $50,000 (list cars to sell you.

Lincoln MKZ Electric Cars

invested the MKZ with an excellent and powerful hybrid drivetrain at no charge, and filled the cockpit excellent technology. They the car quiet, especially so for a hybrid. But it s sitting on an older platform dates to the 2006 Lincoln (see our 2005 review), to be renamed the MKZ.

The suspension is Those who buy the Lincoln MKZ won t be put off by it. Sporty-car will probably buy elsewhere.

is simple: Choose gas or hybrid and and interior colors. If you go for the hybrid, it s drive-only. A lot comes standard and cooled seats, acoustic windshield glass), but you ll probably what Lincoln calls Spec 201A and which like Acura, which on tech-savvy buyers, would a Tech Package: DVD navigation, THX II 10GB music jukebox, spot warning, and rear camera, for $3,595.

The $5,695 Spec 202A option (to 201A) one important feature Xenon headlamps), one feature should be standard (rain-sensing plus a power moonroof, and chrome wheels that be just right for some and too garish for others. Maybe old habits die hard. The first MKZ package makes sense technology-oriented options) while the is a grab-bag.

If you want xenon headlamps, you to take the chrome wheels.

whether to buy may be harder. A fully 2011 Ford Fusion basically the same front-drive car underneath, tops out at $32,820, vs. for the much plusher MKZ. (To be even though every makes this comparison, the MKZ the cockpit seems a completely car than the Fusion; it s only to an that they d seem the Lincoln may well be right some well-heeled hybrid are looking for a more luxurious from the Toyota Prius, and s more likely a Lexus than a loaded Toyota hybrid. The MKZ is cheaper than the HS 250h (which sells for but it remains to be seen if Lexus shoppers will consider

I see the 2011 Lincoln MKZ as a savvy gambit: Keep alive an car with a hybrid engine and a from the gasoline-engine model, the cockpit, and make available a of first-class technology, particularly and the THX audio system. With Lincoln keeps the MKZ brand while others such as the MKX crossover re-establish the Lincoln (The Lincoln Town Car is slowly put out to pasture.) I can see Lincoln well against GM brands and against Lexus (particularly the HS

Because Lincoln doesn t much reputation as a luxury/sports unless you think of Hot Rod Lincoln as music inroads into the Audi-BMW-Mercedes market are less Plus, the German offerings more and have been keyed to diesel than hybrid models until So if it s an upmarket entry-luxury hybrid, the pretty much comes to Lincoln MKZ vs.

Lexus HS 250h.

Lincoln MKZ

Pros: No upcharge for the edition. Sync audio and standard. Refined cockpit. THX audio upgrade.

Cons . on older platform. No all-wheel-drive MKZ offered. Handling won t win away car fanatics. Not the latest edition of

The bottom line: Lincoln a worthy competitor to the Lexus HS hybrid and must hope shoppers notice. Between the MKZ and gas MKZ, it s a no brainer: Go hybrid

Lincoln MKZ Electric Cars
Lincoln MKZ Electric Cars
Lincoln MKZ Electric Cars
Lincoln MKZ Electric Cars
Lincoln MKZ Electric Cars
Lincoln MKZ Electric Cars
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