With sales beginning in September, 2010, the 2011 MKZ Hybrid was the first Lincoln hybrid electric vehicle. For 7 months, it was the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan, until the 2011 Lexus CT 200h was released. The MKZ Hybrid was one of 5 finalists for the 2011 Green Car of the Year awarded by the Green Car Journal. It got beat by the Chevrolet Volt. But on its 2011 Hybrid Scorecard, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) ranked the MKZ Hybrid, together with the Lexus CT200h, as the top luxury hybrid models in the scorecard’s environmental improvement category.
Since 2011, many new hybrids have come on the market and exceeded the MKZ Hybrid’s scores. That may have to do with the fact that Ford hasn’t made any major changes since a 2013 redesign and a 2017 facelift. From 2011 to today, Ford has marketed the car as the only hybrid in its class with the same starting price as its gas-powered counterpart. The company views it as an alternative to the Lexus ES 300h Hybrid.
The 2020 model isn’t available yet. It's expected in late 2019. Auto reviewers say it will offer two trims: Hybrid Standard ($36,750 MSRP) and Hybrid Reserve ($42,500 MSRP). Ford has indicated there will be few, if any changes to its 2020 model. Informed sources say they will involve a few new colors and a new wheel design.
Ford has announced plans to halt car production in the near future to focus on manufacturing SUVs, crossovers, and trucks. Because the MKZ line is based on Ford’s Fusion sedan line (it uses many of the same components), the hybrid is one of the models that may possibly be terminated. In the meantime, the MKZ sees stiff competition from the Audi A4, Acura TLX and the Lexus hybrids.
On the Current EV website (Find The Best Deal), the 2019 model comes in 3 trims: Hybrid Standard ($35,995 MSRP), Hybrid Reserve I ($38,995 MSRP), and Hybrid reserve II ($44,995 MSRP).
All 3 trims use a 2.0L Atkinson-Cycle I-4 Hybrid engine paired with a Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous Motor and a 1.4kWh Lithium-Ion battery to create 188 net system horsepower and a torque of 129 @ 4,000rpm. The combo of gas engine and e-motor provide an EPA-estimated rating of 41/38/40 city/highway/combined mpg. All 3 trims come with Front-Wheel Drive, 18-inch wheels, soft-touch leather seats, aluminum trim, and Lincoln’s version of the Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The hybrid can travel for short stretches in purely electric mode at speeds up to 85 mph, and switches seamlessly between the Atkinson-cycle gas engine and an electric traction motor as needed. It also charges its own Lithium-ion battery via its regenerative braking system which captures 90% of the brake energy. A SmartGauge instrument cluster with EcoGuide helps you drive more efficiently.
The Hybrid Standard model includes 82 features such as Lincoln Co-Pilot360, SYNC 3, AdvanceTrac and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a 6-month SiriusXM All Access trial subscription, a Lincoln Premium Sound System with AM/FM stereo, MP3 capability and 11 speakers
Lincoln Co-Pilot360 features include:
• Blind Spot Detection with Cross Traffic Alert
• Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Pedestrian Detection
• Lane-Keeping Assist with Driver Alert
• A Rear-View Camera
• Auto High-Beam Headlights
Driver controls include: Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, a Lincoln Connect 4G LTE embedded modem with Wi-Fi hotspot capability, Push-button shift transmission, Remote Start System, a SmartGauge with EcoGuide instrument cluster with 2 configurable 4.2” LCD screens, EcoSelect, and a Universal garage door opener.
Safety and security features are extensive. They include: driver and front passenger dual-stage front airbags, 3 safety belt pretensioners, safety belt energy-management retractors, safety belt usage sensors, driver’s seat position sensor, a crash severity sensor, a restraint control module and Front-Passenger Sensing System, Driver and front-passenger knee airbags, Front-seat side airbags, Side-curtain airbags with roll-fold technology, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, an Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Intelligent Access with push-button start, MyKey technology, a Perimeter alarm, SecuriCode invisible keypad, SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System and an SOS Post-Crash Alert System.
Power and handling features include: an electric parking brake, Lincoln Drive Control featuring Adaptive Suspension, Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS), Active Noise Control, and Power disc brakes with Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS).
Exterior features include: Adaptive high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with LED signature lighting, a compact spare wheel, tire inflator and sealant kit, power-adjustable/manual-folding, heated sideview mirrors with memory and integrated LED turn signal indicators, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
Lincoln offers a number of unique features via its LincolnWay app, including:
• Pickup & Delivery when your car needs servicing. A loaner is provided and your car is returned to you serviced and washed.
• CLEAR technology allows members to bypass security lines at 30+ of the nations busiest airports and sports stadiums.
• Combined with Alexa Skill5, it will locate your vehicle, start it, and lock or unlock its doors from virtually anywhere.
Using Lincoln Connect, passengers can surf the web, stream movies and music, and more while you’re driving, and up to 50 feet away from the vehicle. Devices can be charged with the 110V power outlet and 2 USB ports.
The U.S. Department of Energy at fueleconomy.gov has calculated that driving a 2019 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid will save $2,500 over 5 years compared to driving a comparable new gas-powered vehicle.
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