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Lincoln MKZ is aimed squarely at the Lexus ES 300h

We first brought you news about the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid in early April. The stylish new midsize luxury sedan is taking the fight directly to Lexus' first ever ES hybrid: the ES 300h.
 
Ford today announced that the MKZ Hybrid bests its closest competition in the miles per gallon (mpg) race, achieving an impressive 45 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway. The Ford Fusion Hybrid, which shares the MKZ's underpinnings and powertrain, is rated slightly higher at 47/47 (city/highway).
 
However, the fuel economy ratings put the MKZ Hybrid well ahead of the ES 300h, which is rated at 40/39 (city/highway).

 
“The all-new MKZ Hybrid proves that thoughtful customers who prioritize fuel economy and reducing emissions do not need to compromise on luxury, driving quality or advanced technology,” said Jim Farley, group vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service. “MKZ is our strongest proof yet on what the reinvented Lincoln stands for – beautiful vehicles with compelling and warm experiences that create a clear alternative in today’s increasingly competitive luxury marketplace.”
 
 
The MKZ Hybrid also holds a pricing advantage over its Lexus counterpart. The MKZ Hybrid starts at $35,925, which is the exact same starting price as the standard MKZ with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (a 3.7-liter V6 is optional).
 
The Lexus ES 300h commands a heftier $38,850 price of entry.

Source: Lincoln



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ugly
By GulWestfale on 10/15/2012 9:58:54 PM , Rating: 1
36k for an uglier fusion? really?




RE: ugly
By Spuke on 10/15/2012 10:58:45 PM , Rating: 3
I like it!!


RE: ugly
By Jedi2155 on 10/15/2012 11:50:11 PM , Rating: 2
I think its pretty cool. Not a big fan of the grilles but the rear lights is kinda of like the Dodge challenger and 80s retro-styling. Kind of Tron-esque.

If I didn't have a Volt, and was looking for a pure gas vehicle, this would be great contender.


RE: ugly
By inperfectdarkness on 10/16/2012 6:13:25 AM , Rating: 2
i'm waiting for the day when it's virtually impossible to tell where the lighting on a car is supposed to be. no, i'm not talking about 1970's "hide a light" headlights, i mean legitimate LED head/tail lights that barely interrupt the exterior design of the sheet-metal.

i loved the tails on the maserati 3200 gt...which is a little like what this reminds me of. i'd say the new charger's tails look more like tron than the challenger's "Band-o-light".


RE: ugly
By madtruths on 10/16/2012 3:17:51 PM , Rating: 2
see the new Mclaren P1, I do believe that style of lighting is already here, at least on the back of the car, the front is still mixed.


RE: ugly
By Reclaimer77 on 10/16/12, Rating: -1
RE: ugly
By Jedi2155 on 10/16/2012 3:58:16 PM , Rating: 3
To everyone else who would care. Your single opinion is not the only one in the world.


RE: ugly
By GulWestfale on 10/24/2012 10:12:54 PM , Rating: 2
the volt looks like a leftover from a cheesy 80's B-movie like robocop, and that is not surprising given that it's a GM product. as such it is also a technological failure.

if you're happy with it, good for you; but i wouldn't be caught dead driving that.


RE: ugly
By FITCamaro on 10/16/2012 7:29:17 AM , Rating: 3
Actually I do as well. The back more so than the front though.

Maybe has something to do with being a fan of a nice butt on a woman than huge boobs.


RE: ugly
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 10/16/2012 9:32:49 AM , Rating: 2
I guess you're a K. Kardashian fan? ;)


RE: ugly
By FITCamaro on 10/16/2012 1:00:46 PM , Rating: 2
No. That level of dumb is not appealing to me.


RE: ugly
By Dr of crap on 10/16/2012 8:18:23 AM , Rating: 2
This is a good looking Licoln.
The ones of the past 10 years or so have been FUGLY,
with the "waterfall grill" and the stupid big tailights, but some people will buy anything.

The back on this one looks very sporty. Now they are on the right track for design.


RE: ugly
By cknobman on 10/16/2012 10:31:18 AM , Rating: 2
Plus its a Lincoln which is a cheaply gussied up version of the Ford.

I owned a 2008 MKX fully equipped and it was a piece of garbage. Problems with headliner, paint, frame, and SYNC system.

What really killed me with Lincoln was the frame problem. My vehicle pulled to the left and I continually took it back to them to get fixed. 3 times they told me it was an alignment issue (not under warranty) and made me pay for 2 of them (1 was free because I blew up) and every time it did not fix it.

I took the thing to Kwik Kar of all places to have an alignment performed and they lifted the vehicle and brought me out to look at it. They said alignment would do no good and showed me how the frame had shifted.

A freaking oil change place gave me better more reliable service than the dealer!!! Lincoln was just going to keep taking my money while Kwik Kar actually showed me the real problem.

After that I got rid of the thing and needless to say I wont ever be purchasing Ford products again.


RE: ugly
By Dorkyman on 10/16/2012 2:15:36 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, there has to be more to the story than what you are saying.

So...Lincoln said they didn't know what the problem was, and then the oil change place showed you, and you somehow forgot to take the car back to Lincoln to show them, or they somehow couldn't see the problem?

As an aside, we have an older Lincoln LS. Great car, great interior, quiet.


RE: ugly
By cknobman on 10/17/2012 9:35:28 AM , Rating: 2
That is exactly what I am saying.

I took it back to the dealer and explained to them what I was shown and they said they did not see that the frame had shifted.

That is when I said screw it and traded the Lincoln off for a Toyota.

Also the dealership I purchased from and used for service went out of business in 2011 so maybe I just had a bad experience because of a crappy dealership. Either way it ruined me on Lincoln products.


RE: ugly
By Apone on 10/16/2012 12:07:10 PM , Rating: 2
I know right! At least the Fusion is more attractive (IMHO) as it aesthetically pays tribute to Aston Martin.


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