2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Priced at $34,330
Ford has priced its first luxury hybrid, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, at $34,330, not including an $850 destination fee. There is no price differentiation between the regular V-6 MKZ and hybrid model, which means the V-6 model got a $105 price bump for the 2011 model year. With this move, Lincoln has made this a choice between performance or fuel efficiency. The MKZ Hybrid competes with other fuel-efficient entry-luxury sedans such as the Lexus HS 250h, Acura TSX and the BMW 335d.
The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a hybrid system that together generate 191 horsepower. The vehicle achieves an EPA rating of 41/36 mpg city/highway. The MKZ Hybrid is only available in front-wheel drive; gas-powered MKZs can be had in both front- and all-wheel drive.
Standard features on the hybrid include leather upholstery, wood trim, the Sync system, front heat/cooled seats, reverse sensing sonar and an LCD/analog interactive gauge cluster that’s similar to that on the Ford Fusion Hybrid.
In the marketplace, the MKZ Hybrid is one of the most affordable fuel-efficient entry-luxury sedans today. The Lexus HS 250h ($34,650) is $320 more than the MKZ Hybrid and gets a combined EPA rating of 35 mpg. The MKZ Hybrid gets a combined rating of 39 mpg. The BMW 335d is priced $9,620 more than Lincoln’s hybrid and achieves a combined 27 mpg. The Acura TSX base model is $5,020 cheaper than then MKZ Hybrid, but it gets a combined 25 mpg rating with the four-cylinder and automatic transmission.
We don’t have any additional information on the V-6-equipped MKZ, but we’ll update you when we learn more. The MKZ Hybrid goes on sale this fall.