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March 27, 2017 / 6:42 am EDT
 
 

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The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
 
The Lincoln MKZ HybridMay 13, 2014
A Stylish Eco Sedan
 
 

What happens when you combine the sleek and stylish Lincoln design with an eco-friendly gas and electric motor and powertrain that achieves 45 miles per gallon? The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which delivers a comfortable, responsive ride with top safety ratings, loads of options, and the latest in on-board technology. For more than 50 years, the Lincoln name has equaled American luxury, and now the luxury sedan class has a new competitor in the bold and distinctive MKZ Hybrid.

Following a redesign in 2013, the MKZ got a modern update that is sure to turn some heads. The front sports a distinctive “winged” grille design, with a sleek roof line that leads to a full-length LED taillight panel. Under all that style is the hybrid powertrain with regenerative braking, unleashing 188 horsepower from the 2.0-liter four cylinder combined with the electric motor. An elegant automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) delivers a smooth ride which, along with the adaptive suspension and noise cancelling interior, make for a quiet, high-quality ride. Unlike traditional Lincoln steering, the MKZ holds tight, especially on curves, with a light touch and responsive handling.

Inside the MKZ Hybrid, passengers and driver alike will find a well-designed interior and the latest in options for safety, comfort, and technology. You’ll find standard options both necessary - rear seatbelt airbags, plenty of foot room in the backseat and space in the trunk, and the voice command and infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen - or fun, like the cooled seats and adjustable door mood lighting. Several options packages offer more choices. The Select package includes a rearview camera and HD radio, the Reserve package includes the entire Select package, plus options including a navigation system and blind spot monitor, and the Preferred Equipment package encompasses both packages plus heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and 14-speaker surround sound. A Technology package and a Summer Tire Handling package are also available.

The MKZ is more than just looks. The safety features of this Eco-Friendly vehicle are abundant. Crash test ratings are the maximum five star for overall and front impact crash tests. Safety features that come standard include anti-lock brakes, knee and side-curtain airbags in front, and the Sync voice command’s ability to send emergency crash notification and dial 911 automatically if the airbag deploys. Parents will appreciate the “MyKey” system, which allows for parents of teenage drivers to program limits for speed and stereo volume.

If you’re looking for a pleasant driving experience in a stylish luxury vehicle that is also eco-friendly, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is a great choice. It handles smoothly, rides quietly and has enough power to accelerate and pass competently with the gas engine and electric motor combo. Lighter acceleration on the throttle keeps the MKZ in electric driving mode until it reaches 62 miles an hour, further boosting the achievable miles per gallon.  It’s all the luxury you would expect from the Lincoln Motor Company name, with a modern design, the latest technology, and the added bonus of an Eco-friendly hybrid motor that is better for the environment.

 

 
 
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