The Good Costing the same as a standard MKZ, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gets significantly better fuel economy than its gasoline-only equivalent. The navigation system offers useful external data, such as traffic and gas prices, and the THX audio system will delight music lovers. Sync voice command offers excellent control over MP3 players and phones.
The Bad The MKZ Hybrid's driving quality differs little from the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Style-wise, it is a little stodgy.
The Bottom Line With excellent fuel economy, a comfortable interior, and really excellent cabin tech, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid makes for a near perfect commuter car and general transportation.
2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Ford created a winning hybrid power train for itslast year, so it became a no-brainer to extend it to the Lincoln MKZ, a badge-engineered version of the Fusion. With the same specs as the Fusion Hybrid, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid achieves 41 mpg in city EPA testing, an impressive number for a segment that barely tops 30 mpg.
But the problem with badge engineering has always been too little differentiation between car models, and that criticism applies to the MKZ Hybrid. Although it gets a big Lincoln grille, the body is essentially the same as that of the Ford Fusion. Likewise, the ride quality does not feel substantially better.