===MPG figures updated June 12, 2014 per the Ford Motor Company.===
That the Lincoln brand is still around surprises some, given the overwhelming strength of the Ford brand and the termination of its Mercury line following the 2011 model year. Yet, Ford is determined to give its once-proud luxury marque a boost by offering several new or updated models over the coming years. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is one such model, and is all-new for 2013.
The midsize MKZ line was introduced in 2006 as the Lincoln Zephyr. That model name was tossed the following model year as it assumed the brand’s MK nomenclature. The first models were based on the platform underpinning the Ford Fusion and the Mercury Milan, with exterior trim and luxurious cabins marking the difference between the Lincoln and the other models.
The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid arrived on the scene beginning in the 2011 model year. Immediately, Ford sought to gain an edge in the midsize luxury sedan segment, by pricing the MKZ Hybrid at the same price as its standard MKZ. This was the first time a car manufacturer did not pass on the cost of an advanced hybrid technology to its customers.
For 2013, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid shares its platform with the Ford Fusion Hybrid. These models are all-new, with the Lincoln receiving its own skin and interior. Adaptive LED headlamps, a split-wing grille, LED tail lamps and dual integrated exhaust tips are among the distinguishing features of this Lincoln.
You won’t win many races with the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid except in MPG. This sedan is powered by a 2.0-liter Atkinson-Cycle four cylinder hybrid engine and is paired with an electronic continuously variable transmission. This model makes 188 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and has an output of 129 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm. To achieve these numbers, your car must be fueled with optional premium grade gasoline.
This cast aluminum engine makes use of sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection. It features a 1.4-kilowatt lithium-ion battery and a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor. MacPherson struts are used up front and a multilink independent suspension system is in the rear. This model makes use of electric power-assisted steering and offers 4-wheel disc brakes, ABS and electronic brake-force distribution.
The MKZ Hybrid is a front-wheel-drive car with a unibody chassis. This sedan seats five people.
The standard model rides on 18-inch premium painted aluminum wheels that are set within all-season radial tires.
Sitting on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, this Lincoln is 194.1 inches long, 73.4 inches wide by 58.2 inches tall. Curb weight comes in at 3,828 pounds.
This model offers 96.4 cubic feet of passenger volume and 11.1 cubic feet of trunk luggage capacity. EPA rated at 38 mpg, this model has a range of 513 miles due to its 13.5-gallon fuel tank.
Lincoln sells the MKZ Hybrid in four trim levels: Hybrid Premiere, Hybrid Select, Hybrid Reserved and Hybrid Preferred. The base price for each of these trim levels corresponds with the price of its standard gasoline-powered models.
The chief competition in this segment is the Lexus ES300h, a model that costs nearly $3,000 more and gets 39 mpg.
Photo courtesy of the Ford Motor Company.