Just got a used 2013 MKZ Hybrid with all the extras. It's the most comfortable car I've ever owned and also the best on gas. The technology is incredible and works well, though there is a learning cur...
Just got a used 2013 MKZ Hybrid with all the extras. It's the most comfortable car I've ever owned and also the best on gas. The technology is incredible and works well, though there is a learning curve. Once you've mastered it, I doubt one would ever do without its capabilities.
High points are its great appearance outside and inside; fine handling; comfortable and quiet ride (in normal mode); superb sound system (I have THX); fuel economy (I'm getting mid-30s but lifetime shows as close to 39); and, of course, all those gadgets -- most of which are really useful.
Low points are the gas engine drone when it's in use and somewhat sluggish acceleration -- though the power is there when needed. I'm also still getting used to the proximity of the visor, a byproduct of the slippery design and raked A pillar.
Some have complained about the Lincoln Touch system. I have found it to be clear and responsive. It's undeniably complicated, but that's more a factor of its range of capabilities than bad design. I don't know how one could do so many things and make it simpler. And the voice command can be used for nearly everything and does work well.
The only other hybrid I've driven is the Prius, and the Lincoln debunks nearly all of the conventional wisdom about hybrids. At the cost of a few MPG, you get a truly solid car with all the high-tech features; a much more comfortable and quiet ride; and a unique (and beautiful) appearance.
There are questions about whether the Lincoln MKZ hybrid is truly different from the Fusion Titanium hybrid. While the power train and instrument cluster are the same, the Lincoln has a far more premium feel. Its interior is far more beautiful (if slightly smaller), and it offers lots of extra features. I found that the price of more-or-less equivalent certified used cars was the same. Evidently the Lincoln's initial premium over the Ford is reduced by depreciation. There also seems to be a better supply of well-cared-for two-year-old Lincoln hybrids than Fusion Titanium hybrids, possibly because the Lincoln offered a two-year lease when new and those leases are maturing in 2015.
So, overall, I'm very pleased with the car. I did not get a hybrid to save money, but rather to be environmentally conscious, and there are not a lot of alternatives in this category. I'd be even more enthused if the gas motor was slightly less obtrusive under acceleration, but that's a minor quibble.