The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid remains one of the most fuel efficient offerings among all premium makes. The Hybrid is even capable of operating entirely on electric power at speeds of up to 47 miles per hour. When the 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine kicks in, it still remains efficient while delivering ample power.
Like the ever-popular Toyota Prius, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’s engine and motor shut off when the vehicle is stopped. When the accelerator is pressed, the engine comes to life again. This process helps maximize fuel economy even further.
The electric motor’s battery pack is charged by the gasoline engine. The battery pack also is recharged by energy captured when the driver applies the brakes. Unlike a plug-in vehicle or an all-electric vehicle, the MKZ Hybrid never has to be plugged in.
The EPA rates the MKZ at 41 mpg city, 36 mpg highway. Those figures are impressive in general, but they’re especially impressive when compared to other vehicles in the premium segment. Not only is the sedan efficient, but the MKZ Hybrid still boasts an impressive array of luxury and convenience features. Amenities include Sync, Ford’s in-car system for syncing your smart phone or iPod to the car’s own systems.
The MKZ Hybrid’s combination of fuel efficiency and technology is a rare treat among luxury cars. This vehicles starts at just $34,645, making it a solid value for those buyers that don’t want to make a compromise.