With one of the best hybrid systems around, the MKZ Hybrid travels at speeds over 40 mph under electric power alone, and gets fuel economy in the high 30s. Its cabin tech is also first-rate, with an excellent THX audio system and Sync voice command.
The hybrid version of the Ford Fusion is an excellent car, so the decision to make a hybrid version of the Fusion's platform mate, the Lincoln MKZ, should have been easy, especially as the demise of the Mercury brand took out the Mercury Milan Hybrid.
As with most brand-engineered vehicles, the MKZ Hybrid differs little from the Fusion Hybrid. Both have the same midsize sedan platform and similar profiles. The MKZ Hybrid gets Lincoln styling in the form of a big, winged grille on the front.
Main power for the car comes from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, assisted by a 106-horsepower electric motor and nickel metal hydride battery pack. The combined output of this system equals 191 horsepower.
Instead of the curving roofline seen on so many midsize sedans, the MKZ Hybrid's more angular styling gives it a stodgy appearance. But it is very practical, with the high roofline making for easy access to front and rear seats.
The instrument cluster display offers a number of configurations, show different information about the hybrid system. And the flower graphics on the right grow or wither depending on driving efficiency.