2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Last week, Lincoln announced that the redesigned 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid received an EPA-certified 45/45 mpg city/highway, topping the fuel economy of all other midsize luxury hybrids.

The MKZ Hybrid beats its closest competition, the redesigned 2013 Lexus ES Hybrid, which gets 40/39 mpg, but the ES Hybrid has a more powerful engine. The MKZ Hybrid also has significantly better fuel economy than the 2013 Infiniti M Hybrid and 2013 BMW 5-Series Hybrid, which earn 27/32 and 23/30 mpg city/highway, respectively.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has a similar powertrain as the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Kicking Tires writes, “The hybrid uses a version of the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid's powertrain: It teams a 141-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a 47-hp electric motor for a total of 188-hp.”

2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid interior

There is no price difference between the 2013 MKZ and MKZ Hybrid, which is a tactic that worked for the 2012 MKZ lineup, according to the Detroit Free Press. “The same strategy was used with the outgoing MKZ, and it helped boost hybrid sales.” The gas-only 2013 MKZ gets 22/33 mpg city/highway with the four-cylinder engine.

Edmunds says it’s, “Hard to imagine why anyone would buy the non-hybrid version of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, given the pricing strategy and the fuel economy numbers.”

Sales of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ and MKZ Hybrid are expected to start later this year.

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