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Sep262011

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Ingot Silver Metallic with Charcoal / Chocolate piping leather

ICE: 2.5 L Atkinson cycle 4 cyl 156 HP with CVT transmission

Electric: 106 HP with 166 lb.ft of torque

Combined Rating: 191 HP

The photo gallery/slide show of the MKZ

When most folks think of Hybrids they usually perceive a small fuel efficient car, with the sole purpose of getting the highest fuel economy. This train of thought is followed by, they are usually not to well equipped since the finer things add weight (power seats, sunroofs, etc) they are styled in a wind tunnel, and it shows. 

Most people would think this until they meet the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. With a base price of just under $40,000 for the MKZ our tester had a the $7,400(202A) package which offers features such as adaptive HID headlights,  17’ chrome wheels, THX audio system, NAV and a 10Gb HD just to name a few.  The total price for the MKZ was $ 47,299.

Styling wise the Lincoln is very traditional, sophisticated, and not overly aggressive.  The chrome accents that wrap around the grill, headlight, and side mirrors are a nice touch which adds character. The lines of the car are sharp, and clean. This conservative approach can be a good thing, this car will not draw negative attention, and most people will not be offended by the styling.  

The same approach continues inside the car where the styling follows the linear lines of the car. The leather is good quality, while the maroon piping ads a nice touch making the interior look upscale. This MKZ has the ambient light feature that lets you choose between 7 different colors.   The one option I would add is the extra wood trim in the car. The center stack, and console coming standard in the matte black plastic does not really fit in a car of class or price.

One place where this car shines is in the content. Everything that you could want in a car is present in the MKZ. The Ford MyTouch is easy to use, and the car does have a few extra buttons so you don’t have to go poking, swiping or shuffling through different screens to get from the radio to change a station and back to the nav screen like the 2012 Focus. The system like most Lincolns is intuitive, and easy to use.  The THX sound system with 14 speakers is crisp and clear, with more than enough audio power.  Like most cars in this price range the MKZ has dual climate control, as well as heated, and cooled seats. A cool feature of the MKZ is the cross traffic alert which notifies you when backing out of driveway, or parking spot if a car or even a human is coming, and BLISS lets you know if someone is in your blind spot.

Powering the MKZ is a 2.5L Atkinson cycle 4 cylinder that generates 156 HP, and 136lb-ft. assisting the 2.5L is an electric motor that generates 106 HP. The power is routed to the front wheels through a CVT transmission. Power in the MKZ is more than adequate for passing, and merging. When crawling in traffic congestions its probably one of the greatest feeling in the world when you see that tachometer go to zero and the letters EV come on. The MKZ is able to operate in EV mode up to speeds of 80kph. A round trip oon city/surface streets of 120 km with an average speed of 48 kph, the MKZ achieved 5.5L/100km, to put that into perspective many 4 cylinder compacts do not achieve this level of fuel economy.  

At a time when people think that acquiring an hybrid means that you have to compromise everything in the pursuit of that extra MPG. The MKZ goes to show that sometime you can have your cake and eat it too. 

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