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Lincoln MKZ Hybrid follows Ford Fusion Hybrid's tracks

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

The MKZ Hybrid is a mid-size sedan using a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor. It is the same system used in the Ford Fusion Hybrid, and it combines excellent fuel economy with good driving characteristics. Lincoln gives the instrument cluster a high-tech touch with LCDs showing configurable power displays. </p><p> But even without the hybrid system, the MKZ Hybrid would rate high for its cabin tech. It uses a THX audio system for excellent sound quality, one of the best voice command systems in the business, and data feeds from satellite radio for gas prices, traffic, and weather. </p><p> <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/sedan/2011-lincoln-mkz-hybrid/4505-10865_7-34427588.html"><b>Read the review.</b></a>
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2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
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In some ways, the 2011 MKZ Hybrid is old news. As a badge-engineered version of the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, we've seen its power train before. Cabin tech is also mostly the same, although the Lincoln benefits from an audiophile-level THX audio system.

But what was excellent last year remains excellent. Comparable midsize sedans come nowhere close to the fuel economy of the MKZ Hybrid. Sync, Sirius Travel Link, and Lincoln's navigation system are all first rate technologies. And we cannot emphasize enough the pleasure afforded by the THX audio system.

Check out our 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid review.