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Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)

Fuel Mileage Savings Mild Hybrid vs. Full Vehicles, Proof in Dollar

Fuel Mileage may be even to achieve with new mild technology

Our readers searching for fuel mileage may believe a is the best option, but with the upfront costs there may be a alternative.

DETROIT, M.I. mileage is an important focus choosing a vehicle to purchase, an efficient vehicle with fuel economy can save a significant amount of money in the of rising gas prices.

The push for technology has recently impacted and demand in all industries especially for Not only has the government stepped in its newly mandated Corporate Fuel Economy (CAFE) that state all cars have 35 mpg by 2016, but the public is for better fuel economy as drivers are digging deeper their pockets to pay for gas.

stricter standards have proposed in talks to push the mandate from 35 mpg to vehicles 60 mpg by 2025. Although 60 mpg would be the technology required to achieve goal may force automakers to those vehicles out of the range of the consumer.

With the necessary to support fully electric being years away, fuel-saving vehicle options as the standard hybrid, plug-in diesel vehicles and E85 Ethanol are more accessible alternatives for In General Motors’ case, the is giving consumers another with its newest technology to create higher efficiency. the mild hybrids.

Better fuel mileage is for the environment regardless of which consumers choose, but different carry different costs. may not be able to realize the financial of better fuel economy if upfront cost is greater their savings.

We took a at two luxury, full hybrid and compared them to this yet interesting, concept of mild We evaluated the hybrids and mild in a spec per spec comparison to the best return on investment and to guide buyers to a more rewarding purchase decision.

The include:

Buick LaCrosse vs. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Buick eAssist vs. Lexus HS 250Hybrid

the Investment Savings Comparison we need to first explain this new segment of mild is all about.

What is a Mild Buick’s eAssist.

Buick Technology

A mild hybrid consumers hybrid features, fuel economy without horsepower while maintaining the driving experience consumers are to from standard gas-powered The 2012 Buick LaCrosse is with a four-cylinder engine will be manufactured with which will be standard

The eAssist system offers times greater power to the with a 25 percent increase in economy, and it is using the same 2.4 engine as the previous 2011 Final EPA estimated fuel is 25 mpg and 37 mpg highway.

The 2012 Buick produces 182 horsepower with its new system and a Hydro-Matic 6-speed transaxle. Newly added is a 115 0.5 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery into the vehicle. This has also been engineered to regenerative braking, which 15 kilowatts of electricity to recharge the

Finally, the 2012 Buick includes an engine shut-off so when the vehicle stops, the is cut-off during deceleration.

Savings Comparison 1: Buick eAssist vs. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

LaCrosse Mild Hybrid vs. MKZ Hybrid

Now that it is understood a mild hybrid is, MI Auto will compare it to a full-hybrid

The Lincoln offers its MKZ in both a and non-hybrid version. Though the version will give better fuel economy, lose performance as the MKZ Hybrid comes with a smaller and a decrease in horsepower by 41 percent. The LaCrosse eAssist offers the same engine size, and performance as the non-eAssist model.

As full-sized luxury sedans, the LaCrosse and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid are matched.

Buick LaCrosse eAssist

37 mpg highway

Lincoln MKZ

36 mpg highway

There is already for the consumer as the Buick LaCrosse is less than the MKZ.

owners drive 15,000 per year with gas being [ii] per gallon, the Buick costs $1,545 in fuel per while the Lincoln Hybrid $1,588 per year.

Additional of savings:

Total savings in the year: $2,628

Total in the second year: $2,671

savings in the third year:

With the lower MSRP of the technology paired with the gas the LaCrosse offers, it is clear the Buick LaCrosse has a higher ROI of over five years with the mpg almost evenly Mild hybrid technology is better gas mileage than the hybrid version of Lincoln. Not are drivers getting a better ROI the Buick eAssist, they are getting better mpg and 14 percent horsepower.

Another way to think of the value LaCrosse buyers will be is it will take Lincoln MKZ buyers 5 years to earn the initial MSRP cost in fuel savings.

Investment Comparison 2: Buick Regal vs. Lexus HS 250Hybrid

Buick Mild Hybrid vs. Lexus HS

To show the difference between two luxury sedans, one a full and the other a mild hybrid, the is some basic information the Buick Regal with and the Lexus HS 250h:

Buick with eAssist

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)

37 mpg highway

HS 250h

34 mpg highway

Once the price difference between the and the mild hybrid is visible—with an difference—and the Regal has a higher mpg and price tag with its eAssist

Assuming owners drive miles per year with gas $3.81 per gallon, the Buick costs $1,545 in fuel per while the Lexus Hybrid $1,681 per year.

Over years, the Buick Regal save owners $8,760. amount will be in addition to the saved amount of $8,080. these figures, it is clear the Buick Regal has a higher ROI before the vehicle is purchased its technology and an already higher

Additional breakdown of savings:

savings in the first year:

Total savings in the second $8,352

Total savings in the year: $8,488

Another way to at the cost-savings is Lexus HS 250 Hybrid will have to wait 26 to earn back their MSRP cost difference in savings.

Surprisingly, the mild is outperforming its full hybrid in fuel efficiency and ROI while delivering a powerful performance reserved for traditional gas-powered

Best Overall Investment

Not will it take buyers to recoup their initial at MSRP, but both the LaCrosse and earn better mpg highway their full hybrid counterparts.

It is clear that the hybrid technology outperformed the two full-hybrid vehicles in this The Buick LaCrosse and Regal are equipped with the same features as their competitors and win in price and fuel mileage. an alternative to hybrid technology, buyers may still purchase a sedan and be able to enjoy the much faster with the

For those who are watching their and pocketbook, the mild hybrid may be the best solution until a transition has been made to electric vehicles.

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[i] A Buick equipped with leather is priced at $32,060 per 2011 year data.

[ii] prices were the average from epa.gov for the Midwest of the U.S. when the analysis

[iii] Price estimate on KBB.com estimation that the new Regal will fall $27,000 and $29,500.

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


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