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While it still shares a platform with the Ford Fusion, the Lincoln MKZ is all-new for 2013, with exterior and interior styling revisions that improve the overall look and feel of the MKZ and also further differentiate it from its more pedestrian Ford cousin.
The hybrid drive system that sets this model apart from its conventionally powered stablemates joins a 2.0-liter gas engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. Fuel economy data haven’t been released, but expectations are that it will be better than the outgoing model, which was rated at 41 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 39 mpg combined.
To enhance the MKZ’s driving experience, Lincoln’s engineers have outfitted it with Lincoln Drive Control, which manages the electric power steering, engine and transmission response, traction control and the car’s adjustable suspension to optimize the MKZ’s road manners. Additionally, the suspension can be adjusted through sport, normal and comfort settings to either liven up or dampen the chassis’ responsiveness. All the while, Lincoln’s Active Noise Control is working, much like noise-cancelling headphones, to quiet the MKZ’s cabin.
These features, plus a panoramic glass roof (that offers 100-plus SPF sun protection), a standard 8-inch touch screen for systems controls, standard leather upholstery, and the option of a mega-watt THX audio system, will certainly set the 2013 MKZ Hybrid apart from the Fusion and make it an attractive offering in the entry-luxury sedan segment.
The 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is a gas/electric hybrid variant of the MKZ four-door five-passenger midsize sedan. (The conventionally powered MKZ is reviewed separately.)
The MKZ Hybrid’s powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine joined with a lithium-ion-powered electric motor to produce a combined 188 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) controlled by a new push-button shifter on the instrument panel drives the MKZ Hybrid’s front wheels.
Lincoln uses equipment groups instead of traditional trim levels to indicate a model’s standard and optional equipment. All MKZ Hybrids feature leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an 8-inch touch screen to control the 11-speaker audio system and Sync with MyLincoln Touch infotainment system.
Stepping up to higher equipment packages adds features like a rearview camera, HD radio, rear parking sensors, navigation, cooled front seats, a blind-spot information system, a moonroof and a 14-speaker premium sound system.
The EPA has not yet released fuel economy data for the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
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