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First drive car review: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

September 10,

The veneers, according to Lincoln. from well-managed forests, as by strict environmental, social and standards, and from other controlled sources. That’s how one that the new 2011 Lincoln MKZ is really green. Not only it have a best-in-class fuel even the trim is environmentally

With the 2011 Lincoln MKZ says Derrick Kuzak, group vice president for product development. “Lincoln has a way to deliver a luxury sedan the comforts they expect, the they want and the environmental society demands.

Putting for a moment the demands that is making on the luxury sedan we’ll judge the 2011 MKZ Hybrid just from the car Before this review we had the 2009 Lincoln MKZ and the 2010 MKZ and noted, as the title said, the latter was a change for the (much) That was easy enough the ’09 MKZ was the classic underachiever and one must feel sorry for who didn’t wait another to buy or lease.

The improvements moved the 2010 MKZ into the thick of the mid-size field, though with a American feel. Not that BMW will be swayed by the MKZ’s new however enhanced. But neither the American luxury buyer the 2010 MKZ is only a gussied up Fusion.

Although the Lincoln share its platform and major panels with the Ford, the creates an entirely different

What the 2011 Lincoln MKZ with the Fusion, however, is the engine from the Fusion While the 2010 Ford Hybrid we tested was not Ford’s Hybrid, 2011 Lincoln MKZ we’re testing is Lincoln’s The engine is the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle which was named one of Ward’s 10 Engines of 2010, that flawlessly with Ford’s hybrid system. It shone in the and, with the MKZ’s extensive noise control, it even more so in the Lincoln.

The engine and drivetrain are almost unobtrusive in the 2011 Lincoln which of course is why one buys a in the first place. Score a big one for

The SmartGauge with EcoGuide debuted in the Fusion continues the MKZ, though

Based on a pair of full-color LCD flanking the analog speedometer on the panel, the SmartGuage with it have a shorter name?—is a information center that can everything from fuel to the amount of energy being by the vehicle’s accessories.

We’ve into detail about the earlier, but the Lincoln, being adds flowers to the Ford’s vines that reward driving. The flowers are more decoration, however, as they even if the driver engages in naughty driving after the have been won but the vines withered. They’re permanent reset, and Lincoln claims by the time the driver earns all flowers, he or she could save 200 gallons of gas, two tons of CO2 and compared to a regular gasoline-powered luxury sedan.

Lincoln bases that on miles of driving, the Lincoln EPA-estimated 39 combined mpg against 22 combined mpg, and the average of gas per

Your mileage vary, as Lincoln points and ours did. In fact, our drive of several hours in driving conditions, from Washington, D.C. to the Washington and the Washington Beltway and quasi-rural roads, netted 32.8 Others, hypermiling in the 2011 MKZ Hybrid, achieved almost miles per gallon. On a return despite feather-footing the gas pedal, we do better than 25.8


The hybrid system seamlessly and transparently in our test Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Only by the instrumentation were we were to tell which mode of electric, full gas or combined—the was in. We found Lincoln’s claim the MKZ Hybrid is able to operate on electric up to 47 mph rather optimistic, under ideal circumstances on table flat pavement and the is right.

But any hill or acceleration in the gasoline engine at half speed or less.

In addition to the enhancement of the hybrid engine, the Lincoln Hybrid has a mess standard equipment, including SYNC, spotter mirrors a poor-man’s blind-spot detection with a secondary convex side mirror, providing a view than the traditional mirror), heated and cooled seats, parking assist, a power front passenger and driver memory power settings and Bridge of Weir seating. The latter, for those not up on leather, is leather from (that) is milled for up to 12 hours to a buttery, soft hand. tanning also makes the easier to recycle, for those out salvaging leather from

Unfortunately, standard equipment accompanies the wood trim—Swirl or Olive Ash that comes contented trees in the Enchanted as defined by strict environmental, and economic standards, and from rigorously controlled sources—is the of Gen X’ers that Lincoln is a car for old It’s custom-fitted baggage even a car with the eco bona of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid can’t whether the wood is green or

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid base price, $34,330

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid basic

Engine/drivetrain: 2.5-liter DOHC Atkinson cycle I-4; 156 hp@ rpm / 136 lb-ft @ 2250 rpm, 40 hp motor. Total net power: 191 hp; drive; 41 mpg city / 36 mpg highway

Suspension: MacPherson strut / multi-link rear

Steering: pinion, 37.5 ft turning

Brakes: Four wheel disc brakes with braking system (ABS) and regenerative braking, electronic control

Wheels and tires: machined aluminum, 225/50VR17 low resistance

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