2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
With the impending death of the Mercury Milan Hybrid, there's just one luxury sedan that gets the EPA's top fuel economy ranking for the 2011 model year--and that would be the Milan's surviving sister, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
While it waits patiently for an on-sale date this fall, the MKZ Hybrid's been pegged by the EPA at the same 41-mpg city fuel economy rating as the Ford Fusion Hybrid it's based on.
Ford points out the MKZ Hybrid's EPA fuel economy of 41/36 mpg tops the Lexus HS 250h by a good 6 mpg, and makes the MKZ Hybrid the leading luxury fuel miser. At the same time, it'll tote one more person than the four-passenger HS 250h.
Like the Fusion Hybrid, the MKZ Hybrid combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine running a lean combustion cycle, and teams it to electric batteries and motors, for a power equivalence of 191 horsepower. The MKZ Hybrid can run on battery alone up to 47 mph, while the Lexus limits electric drive to 26 mph.
While it carries over much of the well-received hardware and software from the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, the 2011 MKZ Hybrid offers the latest iteration of the SmartGauge with EcoGuide digital display. Revisions include feedback on a driver's long-term fuel efficiency through small white flower petals on the right-hand display panel, which log ongoing fuel economy over the car's total mileage, and are only reset if the driver requests it.
Other standard features on the MKZ Hybrid will include leather seats; power front seats with heating and ventilation; wood trim; parking sensors; MyKey, which allows drivers to set speed limits and warnings; and Ford's unique keyless entry system, which lights up along the door pillar and is touch-sensitive.
Still wanting more details? You can read more about the new hybrid on TheCarConnection's 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid page.