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The last thing anyone of when they see a big honkin is efficiency. But Lincoln s taking uptown with a gas-electric that offers a surprising mix of economy and luxury.

You might at a car like the 2011 Lincoln MKZ and A hybrid? Really? But Lincoln s counters say half of luxury car would consider a hybrid, and expect the segment to grow 400 in the next two years. That s too big a pie for not to grab a slice.

Rather start from scratch a car to counter the Lexus HS 250h. cribbed from the excellent Fusion Hybrid. The MKZ Hybrid its little brother’s drivetrain and is thrifty. The EPA says it s good for 41 mpg town and 36 on the highway.

Those are impressive numbers for a sedan that weighs pounds, and they comfortably top the

Power comes from a four-banger and a 26-kilowatt electric Together, they make 191 and 136 pound feet of torque. isn t a lot in a car this big, so acceleration isn t

But then full-sized American aren t known for hustle. the MKZ Hybrid has no trouble keeping up traffic.

We raved about the of the Fusion Hybrid, which none of the shudder or lag you often as a hybrid makes the transition electric power to gas. It s seamless here, as is the continuously transmission. The MKZ Hybrid is smoother 20-year-old Scotch.


Electricity is stored in a 1.4 kilowatt-hour metal hydride battery the rear seat. You can tool on electricity alone up to 47 mph if you go easy on the (The Lexus HS 250h out at 25 mph.) It requires a deft but you ll get the hang of it. Once you do you ll love it.

The kicks in after a mile or so to top off the

The regenerative brakes which 94 percent of the energy that be lost as heat during have none of the squishiness you find in hybrids. Out on the road, the MKZ handles like you d expect a big drive sedan to handle. It s but not mushy, and you won t be carving any corners. Not it matters.

No one buys a car like this for It s all about comfort, and Lincoln

Standard features includes adjustable leather seats are heated and cooled something we a lot more than expected. re comfortable and supportive, and you could a long road trip in car. The THX-certified 5.1 surround system with 14 speakers put Dog Taylor right there in the car us, further adding to car s long-haul, or commute, appeal.

Of course s Sync with its stellar and hands-free infotainment. But we re not wild the Traffic, Directions and Information Although it offers turn-by-turn traffic conditions and other it only works through a connected phone. No phone, no

Lincoln MKZ Electric Cars

We ve made this complaint but Ford says a phone-based is cheaper and more convenient an embedded navigation system.

Our feature is the SmartGauge dashboard taken from the Fusion The LCD display turns hypermiling a game. The speedometer is flanked by showing everything from how gas you ve used to how much energy you re while braking.

A vine on the grows leaves and flowers as efficiency climbs. It s a remarkably way of teaching you how driving style fuel economy.

For all the slick the MKZ does have a downside. from the snazzy seats and stereo, there isn t a lot to differentiate the MKZ s from the Fusion s. The styling isn t inspired, and there is a lot of plastic.

The real wood veneer but you d expect a car making a play for the segment to be a more upscale the MKZ.

Still, it s hard to Lincoln when you look at the The MKZ Hybrid starts at $35,180. s exactly what you’d pay for a equipped MKZ with a V-6 (although at the of this writing, Lincoln was $1,000 cash back on the V-6 That s remarkable, because other hybrid on the planet a premium of at least a couple over its conventional counterpart.

More remarkable, that buys you a (relatively) affordable, luxurious and very fuel car. Lexus should be very nervous.

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