|The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Click to enlarge.|
As a comparison, the 2011 Lexus HS 250h Standard—which Ford uses as the MKZ Hybrid’s closest competition—carries an MSRP of $35,100; the premium model for 2011 carries an MSRP of $37,870. The 2011 HS 250h models go on sale this fall as well.
Lincoln is the first automaker to offer luxury customers a premium hybrid vehicle with an MSRP that matches its conventional gas version.
The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses the company’s second-generation hybrid technology—including the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid engine, named one of Ward’s 2010 10 Best Engines. The MKZ Hybrid can operate in electric vehicle mode at speeds up to 47 mph.
The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid delivers a 41 mpg fuel economy rating in the city, topping the 2010 Lexus HS 250h by 6 mpg.