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Test Drive: 2013 MKZ Hybrid

© Eric Rogell

I had a chance to take the new 2013 MKZ Hybrid for a day-long test around the streets of New York And if you’re going to test the economy, handling and hybrid capabilities of a vehicle, the stop-and-go traffic in downtown Manhattan—with ricocheting around and pedestrians back and forth—seems like a challenging proving ground.(Especially you’re trying to hypermile, and New Yorkers are leaning on their and giving you the one-finger salute.)

horns and kamikaze cabs the drive left several The first one before I even got the wheel. It seems Lincoln is the lead and not dinging us for wanting to go So they are pricing their MKZ at the exact same price as standard fuel model. at $36,800. It’s nice to see a car maker understand that on a several thousand dollar for the privilege of being eco-conscious is ridiculous and counter productive.

Green shouldn’t cost us more green.


And just how green is the new MKZ Hybrid. is claiming an EPA estimated 45 city/45 combined for the new MKZ, up significantly 36/41/39 from the 2012 But, as we’ve seen the Ford C-MAX and other vehicles, your mileage may

During the pre-drive briefing, we given the same caveats we got Ford about conditions can lower your mileage, speed (driving 75mph of 65mph lowers your by about 7mpg), outside (driving in 40F will cost you versus driving in 70F), and miles (until you get to 6,000 expect around 5mpg It was a warm day, the test were about halfway to break-in mileage, and I figured I going to hit 75mph up Wall St, so I a 5mpg, or so, drop.

Combining hypermiling with my everyday driving during the of the test, I came in at 38mpg for the Not too bad for just starting out and getting the of the vehicle. While not focusing on how many miles I could out of a gallon. It was a couple of miles off my based on driving conditions, but number was trending up as the drive

With a little more time I’m sure I squeezed out a few more mpg.


The MKZ gets its power a 2.0L Atkinson-Cycle hybrid that delivers a decent and is mated to an all new electronic transmission The 2013 MKZ also gets a more efficient, Lithium-Ion that replaces the Nickel-Metal battery used in their generation hybrid.

Driving the MKZ is comfortable. I mean that as to exciting or sluggish or dynamic or Don’t expect to carve corners or blast off the line, but if you to get where you need to go in style and in the MKZ delivers.

One thing I did like about the was the MKZ’s brakes feel traditional brakes, without the mush so many hybrids that feel soft as deliver captured energy to the

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the MKZ’s streamlined body the new, sweeping update to the grill, Lincoln has packed enhanced technologies into the There’s available Adaptive Control that will slow to adjust to traffic then return to speed traffic clears, Collision with Brake Support, Park Assist, Blind Info System and Cross Alert.

One thing the MKZ does not with is a shift knob. Or one of those cool pop-up gaining traction is certain sedans. Instead, the MKZ comes a push button transmission.

There’s a string of buttons PRND up next to the main display. This takes a getting used to, but it does us with a large storage in the center. And it also gets a that’s pretty cool people who see it for the first time.

The MKZ also comes with with EcoGuide. And it’s a system for training yourself to your hybrid as efficiently as but my personal issue with the one in the MKZ is it’s the exact same one in the Ford hybrids. So whether you buy a or an MKZ, you’re going to be at the same instruments. And that’s a I understand the need for (and of) an eco coach, but at least give it a upgrade equal to the premium you’re paying.

And I’m not picking on Lincoln, that’s an I have with almost all luxury vehicles: They from their lower-end without giving adding the lux We’re spending more for let us look at luxury from the seat.

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But for of you who are unfamiliar with the SmartGauge, comprised of a myriad of clever and info clusters that not give you the necessary metrics on driving, like MPG, power usage and overall but there are also several designed to help you achieve economy by improving your habits during acceleration, and cruising. Again, a great for teasing all the miles you can out of the car.

The Premiere edition starts at while the Reserve with navi, cooled leather and the Blind Spot Info and Cross Traffic Alert the price to $39,075. The trims top out at the package that adds steering wheel and rear 19 aluminum wheels and a 14-speaker THX II system, for $42,455.

Overall the 2013 Lincoln MKZ delivers solid performance and a ride, with some bells and whistles, while being pretty stingy at the

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