Lincoln's MKZ was updated for 2010 with a vastly changed interior, new front-end styling and a revised drivetrain. For 2011, the big news is the addition of the MKZ Hybrid.
Related to the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, the MKZ competes with entry-level luxury cars like the Cadillac CTS and Lexus ES 350. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional.
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What's New for 2011
There are no significant changes.
The 2010 styling changes combined the old MKZ's visorlike headlights and the larger MKS sedan's sleeker nose. From the doors back, not much has changed. Exterior features include:
Inside, the old MKZ's boxy dash has been smoothed out to something closer to that of the MKS, complete with genuine wood trim and upscale leather. The center controls have smaller dials and buttons than before. The optional navigation system comes with Sirius Travel Link, which can track, among other things, nearby movie listings, weather forecasts and gas stations with regularly updated fuel prices. Interior features include:
The 263-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 teams with a six-speed automatic and standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. Lincoln says the zero-to-60-mph acceleration time is 7.1 seconds.
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are standard. The MKZ's six standard airbags include side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows. Other safety features include: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Lincoln's first hybrid is also the first midsize, front-wheel-drive hybrid sedan from a luxury automaker. The MKZ Hybrid's drivetrain technology should look familiar, as the car is related to the Ford Fusion Hybrid, but a number of luxury touches are added. Its EPA-estimated 41/36 mpg city/highway rating makes the MKZ the most efficient luxury hybrid in the U.S. It is set to hit dealerships in fall 2010.
Like the Fusion Hybrid, the MKZ Hybrid doesn't do much to advertise itself as a hybrid. Hybrid badges appear on the front doors and trunklid, but without them, this sedan could easily be mistaken for a regular MKZ, with its large twin-port grille and wide LED taillights.
The MKZ Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor that make a combined 191 horespower. As with the Fusion Hybrid, Ford says the MKZ Hybrid can travel up to 47 mph on electric power alone.
Perhaps more significant than the maximum electric-only cruising speed is the MKZ Hybrid's SmartGauge with EcoGuide technology, which can help the driver drive more efficiently. Whereas the instrument panel on the Fusion Hybrid uses green vines that "grow" larger the more efficiently you drive, the MKZ Hybrid adds to that with white flowers that "blossom" due to long-term gas mileage.
Standard luxury features include Bridge of Weir leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, a memory feature for the driver's seat and real wood trim. Back to top