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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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RE: "Heftier" - not really
By DukeN on 10/16/2012 10:04:53 AM , Rating: 2
Also from a long-term reliability standpoint, I'd rather invest in a Toyota hybrid than a Ford/Lincoln, as Toyota's been doing this for much longer in a much bigger vehicle base.

RE: "Heftier" - not really
By STS_Endeavour on 11/10/2012 4:00:52 AM , Rating: 2
LOL - an investment in a Ford hybrid IS an investment in Toyota. Ford licenced Toyotas hybrid technology, so if you buy a Ford/Lincoln hybrid - some $ goes to Toyota. It also goes to show how Ford hybrids have been so reliable in the 8-9 years they've been making them (Toyota's been making hybrids for 15-16 years!! Has it been that long??).

Just because Toyota's been making hybrids longer doesn't mean Toyota can't make mistakes. In 2009, Lexus introduced the HS 250h for the 2010 model year. It was a disaster - even in Japan. By the end of 2011, the underwhelming car was quietly swept under the rug.

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