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2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Since the launch Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has overtaken the title of most fuel-efficient luxury hybrid from the Lexus HS 250h. It is not only the most fuel efficient car – it is large in size and has got more luxury features. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is available only in one trim, though buyrs can choose from from number of optional features as package. The most notable feature on the KKZ Hybrid is a high-tech Sync system, which features a large, LCD touch-screen interface for operating things such as climate control, entertainment and Bluetooth hands-free calling.

A navigation package is available as option, a blind-spot awareness system and a voice-activated navigation system is a part of the navigation package. Above the navigation package another optional package is available called “ultimate Package”, which adds all the features of navigation package plus a power moonroof, wood-veneer trim, flashy 17-inch chrome wheels and adaptive HID headlights

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine found in the Ford Fusion Hybrid. The 2.5-liter engine and its small electric motor produce a combined 191 horsepower and 136 lb-ft of torque, and the combo puts power to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is only available with front-wheel drive. It achieves an inpressive 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway and can reach up to 47 mph on all-electric power without using a drop of gasoline.

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The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is adequately equipped for safe driving. Some of the safety features are four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows, SOS Post-Crash Alert flashes lights and sounds horn. traction control and an electronic stability system as standard. Optional safety features include blind spot warning system and optional backup camera.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has a comfortable cabin specially the high-quality leatherseats wrapped seats. The cabin is quiet, but the sound of the continuously variable transmission can be annoying. The trunk is surprisingly roomy for a hybrid, but because of the narrow opeing loading large objects might be difficult.

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2011 Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln lovers are all “Mark” lovers these days as Ford’s luxury division strives for a cohesive presentation of its lineup;

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2011 lincoln mkz

hence, the similarly named, upcoming MKT utility vehicle, the flagship MKS sedan and this, the MKZ entry-level luxury sedan. Based on the well-regarded Ford Fusion platform, the MKZ has been a middle-of-the pack player — until now. For 2010, strong


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interior and exterior freshening plus a new 6-speed automatic transmission enter the most affordable Lincoln into the race for class supremacy.

Model Lineup

Offered strictly as a midsize, 4-door, 5-passenger sedan, the Lincoln MKZ comes in two flavors: front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Both are available with the Sport Appearance Package, which has a stiffer suspension and cosmetic enhancements.

A cosmetic makeover brings the MKZ decisively into the modern Lincoln family. The car’s new front end features a trademark Lincoln waterfall grille, making it a near-copy of the larger MKS. Also new are the rear decklid and LED taillights. In addition, the automaker has sprinkled chrome accents throughout; the bright stuff can be found on the door handles and elsewhere. Standard wheels are

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17-by-7.5-inch painted and machined-finished 9-spokes with P225/50VR-17 all-season tires. A nearly identical chrome 17-inch wheel with the same tires is optional. A 10-spoke 18-inch polished aluminum wheel is standard with the Sport package and otherwise optional on non-Sport iterations.

Besides the larger wheels, Sport versions boast body-color door handles, darkened headlights and a slightly different grille. Inside, contrasting piping on the leather seats, thicker floor mats and aluminum trim add some pizzazz, while outside, improved brake pads, larger sway bars and noticeably firmer shocks and springs enhance handling.

Under the Hood

While Lincoln has done little to change the 263-horsepower 4-cam 3.5-liter V6 engine from the previous generation, it has swapped out last year’s 5-cog automatic transmission for a 6-speed automatic, which lops almost a half-second off the MKZ’s sprint to 60 mph. It also delivers better fuel economy, which is rated at 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway using regular-grade gasoline.

2011 lincoln mkz

2011 lincoln mkz

Understandably, there is no manual transmission option. The so-called Select-Shift computer control, however, works intelligently to provide smooth cruising or higher-rpm shifts when driving aggressively. The algorithms also hold gears between corners on mountain descents, a huge improvement over the somewhat arbitrary shift schedule in the previous MKZ.

Designed for inclement weather, the AWD MKZ automatically shuttles power to the rear tires when necessary, and sometimes a little before. This increases stability and driver confidence. Coupled with a host of computer stability controls, the AWD Lincoln promises fine winter-driving security.

To increase utility and ride comfort, Lincoln updated the suspension tuning, relocating the rear lower control arms and even tightening the turning circle by 3 feet. The power steering was also refined for better feel and easier parking.

2011 lincoln mkz

2011 lincoln mkz

Our test drive was in a front-wheel-drive MKZ with the Sport Package. It quickly demonstrated good ride manners and pleasing agility. Clearly, the MKZ boasts a great chassis that’s a pleasure to drive everywhere from the parking lot to mountain roads. Acceleration is also markedly superior to last year’s model, and the new, intelligent Select-Shift 6-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly, smoothly and right on cue. Lincoln says the MKZ hits 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, tying such luxury-class sprinters as the Lexus ES 350 and just besting the Acura TL.

And yes, it’s quiet. Not like a tomb, but generously insulated from the rude outside.

When you add all of that to class-leading passenger room, the MKZ is a fit tourer. Overall, the car is sporty in the sense that it’s maneuverable and generally willing, but is more comfortable than athletic in the sports-sedan sense. It certainly presents an urbane persona, making the right muted sounds, cushioning the bumps of real-world pavement and offering a sophisticated interior environment wrapped in a touch of exterior class.

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