Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
From Lincoln press: Lincoln’s first-ever hybrid – the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – is the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America, delivering an EPA-certified 41 mpg rating in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway.
“Lincoln’s hallmarks are design, technology and comfort. Now, Lincoln also delivers the best fuel efficiency of any luxury sedan in America,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas.
The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’s fuel economy tops its nearest competitor – the 2010 Lexus HS 250h – by 6 mpg. It also trumps the Lexus with room for one more passenger, enhanced interior quietness and more standard luxury and segment-exclusive safety features.
“Today’s luxury customers do not want to make sacrifices,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president, Global Product Development. “Lincoln has found a way to deliver a luxury sedan with the comforts they expect, the technology they want and the environmental responsibility society demands.”
The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses Ford’s second-generation hybrid technology – the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid engine, named one of Ward’s 2010 10 Best Engines.
The system combines the best attributes of the gasoline engine and electric battery-driven motors to deliver optimal performance and fuel economy.
Industry-leading fuel economy comes without sacrificing power. The combined gasoline engine and electric motor provide best-in-class 191 net horsepower. Plus, the pure electric mode on the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid extends to a best-in-class 47 mph – compared with the Lexus HS 250h battery-only mode, which reaches just 25 mph.