Just how important are all the luxury touches of a Lincoln compared to a Ford? They'd better be worth a two-miles-per-gallon penalty, since that's what buyers will be hit with if they choose the MKZ Hybrid over the 47-mpg Fusion Hybrid. Ford announced today that the MKZ Hybrid has been certified by the EPA to get 45 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway and 45 mpg combined.

Granted, 45 mpg does put the MKZ into the top-of-its-class fuel economy range, beating the Lexus ES Hybrid by five mpg combined and delivering "more miles per gallon than any luxury vehicle in America." The MKZ Hybrid is also available for the same price as the non-hybrid model. The more efficient 2.0-liter, four-cylinder automatic MKZ gets 26 combined mpg, 22 in the city and 33 on the highway. The MKZ Hybrid will go on sale later this year and the press release is available below.
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Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: America's Luxury MPG Leader Delivers Personal, Unique Experience
  • All-new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid delivers more miles per gallon than every other luxury vehicle in America: EPA-certified 45 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 45 mpg combined
  • MKZ delivers 5 mpg better city and combined as well as 6 mpg better highway than more-expensive all-new Lexus ES Hybrid
  • Lincoln is the only brand offering an advanced hybrid model at the same price as non-hybrid model
DEARBORN, Michigan, Oct. 15, 2012 – The dynamic, all-new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid delivers more miles per gallon than any luxury vehicle in America with an EPA-certified 45 mpg across the board – city, highway and combined.

"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."

EPA ratings put MKZ Hybrid ahead of its key competitors in the luxury midsize sedan market – 5 mpg city and 6 mpg highway ahead of Lexus ES 300h; 18 mpg city and 13 mpg highway ahead of Infiniti M35h and 20 mpg city and 16 mpg highway ahead of BMW ActiveHybrid 3.

Additionally, the new MKZ Hybrid is 2 mpg city and 5 mpg better highway than the smaller Lexus CT 200h. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid also is more fuel efficient than Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles.

Lincoln is offering the new MKZ Hybrid at the same price as the equivalent non-hybrid model, giving luxury midsize sedan customers maximum choice as well as top fuel economy, true luxury sedan performance and superb value.

Lincoln was the first automaker to offer a premium hybrid vehicle with a suggested retail price matching its conventional-powered sibling.

Other competitors charge a premium for their hybrid models. The 2013 Lexus ES 300h, for example, is priced at $38,850, representing a $2,750 premium over the 2013 Lexus ES 350.

All hybrids are not available with all the options of their non-hybrid-powered models, but the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is. This provides the opportunity to tailor one's own MKZ Hybrid and make it a real personal statement.

The standard Hybrid Premiere equipment group features SYNC® with MyLincoln Touch™ with 8-inch touch screen, premium leather-trimmed seats (heated front seats), class-exclusive LED headlamps, 18-inch premium painted wheels and Lincoln Drive Control.

Always on, Lincoln Drive Control orchestrates the performance of the Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) adjustable suspension, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and Active Noise Control (ANC). This ensures true Lincoln dynamic characteristics and not a lesser dynamic hybrid experience as is the case with some others.

The result is an unsurpassed combination of refined ride and engaging driving dynamics. CCD contributes to Lincoln Drive Control's transparent action by "reading" the road and adjusting the shocks in the blink of an eye to precisely tune, refine and balance to deliver more controlled handling with a smoother ride.

The new Lincoln MKZ and MKZ Hybrid will go on sale later this year, and customers can configure their own virtual MKZ at http://www.lincoln.com/cars/mkz/2013.

The new MKZ is the first of four all-new vehicles Lincoln is introducing in the next four years.

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About Lincoln
Lincoln is the luxury automotive brand of Ford Motor Company, committed to creating compelling vehicles with an exceptional ownership experience to match. Lincoln will introduce four all-new vehicles in the next four years. For more information about Lincoln, please visit media.lincoln.com or www.lincoln.com. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/lincoln.


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      typhoon5000
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The more efficient 2.0-liter, four-cylinder automatic MKZ gets 26 combined mpg, 22 in the city and 33 on the highway." Don't you mean LESS efficient?
        GoodCheer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @typhoon5000
        If only they read over what they write before posting.
      PresidentCox
      • 2 Years Ago
      Keep in mind that as the mpg ratings go up ,the real world difference between a 1 or 2 mpg gap is lessened. People tend to think a 2 mpg bump at 45 mpg is the same as a 2 mpg bump at 18 mpg. In reality, 47 to 45 is only a four percent drop, while 20 to 18 is a ten percent drop.
      VDuB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Impressive numbers, but I'd still take an ES. Which sounds better, "I drive a Lexus" or "I drive a Lincoln".
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        @VDuB
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          VDuB
          • 2 Years Ago
          It's human nature. Sorry I'm human. First impressions matter. Apperance matters. If inner beauty were seen first, we'd live in a different world. Am I going to hire the guy with tattoos that claims he works hard? No. I'm sure he's a good person... but he has tattoos.
          Travis Miles
          • 2 Years Ago
          Very sad.
          fefifofum
          • 2 Years Ago
          That car is way better looking than ANYTHING VW puts out. You just buy in to the idea that a label matters. Sad.
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        Cheetahjab
        • 2 Years Ago
        @VDuB
        Lol in reality you drive what? An 83 chevette? Stfu and gtfo. All your posts in every comment section are trolling. Get back under your bridge.
      Matt Frawley
      • 2 Years Ago
      junkie cheap faux luxury car is dump!!!!!!
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        @Matt Frawley
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      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's probably because all that ugly is fighting the wind more. I'm so gonna get voted down, down, down for this...
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        @dohc73
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        @dohc73
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        bullitt2605
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dohc73
        Ah you know looks are subjective so it's one of those times when if half of the people like it and the other half don't they are all right. I like the over all shape but not the front end so much.
      Tina Dang
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lexus for me please. "I drive a Lexus" vs "I drive a Lincoln" enough said. Plus the ES looks miles better. The only time i'd be in a Lincoln will be on the way to a funeral.
        rolanie3
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tina Dang
        @ Tina_Dang You love labels? How shallow can you be? You're right, you aren't humble - you're self conscious. The fact that you need the badge of someone ELSE's company to dignify YOURSELF is just sad. This is the problem with our society today, everyone is trying to LOOK like the best instead of actually BEING the best. If the reviews praised the MKZ outright and comparisons deemed it the better car, unanimously, you would still purchase the inferior vehicle for the badge. That stagnates innovation, it rewards marketing and punishes engineering, and it makes an ass of you.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rolanie3
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          rolanie3
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rolanie3
          @ over9000 You're right. Which is why I said, "This is the problem with our society today." I for one do not care at all what another person thinks of my purchase. If I have done sufficient research and gotten what I feel to be the best "Bang for the Buck," then I'm happy. If I buy something just for the badge, then I'm simply not being a smart consumer! What if I got ripped off terribly (As one myself, I know this happens to the majority of Americans) It's much easier to buy something that you like than something that everyone else needs to like.
          kEiThZ
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rolanie3
          What's so shallow? If people didn't care about labels, they'd all be buying Toyotas and Lexus wouldn't exist. People do care about brands. And certain brands have more cachet than others. I think it's quite likely that consumers would favour the Lexus brand over the Lincoln brand.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tina Dang
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      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lincoln has become the unattractive luxury trim level for Fords.
      postpast
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did autoblog just complain about the fuel economy of a fairly large luxury sedan that gets 45 mpg combined!
        GFB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @postpast
        Yes! Because the MKZ hybrid has a nearly-identical counterpart, the Ford Fusion hybrid, which costs far less and which gets better mileage. A smart consumer can buy an optioned-up Fusion hybrid and save big bucks. There is a lot to complain about, especially since, thanks to Ford's continuing regime of neglect, Lincoln no longer passes muster as a luxury brand. I really don't know why Lincoln continues to exist. Those new models to be introduced had better be a lot more ambitious than badge-engineered Fords.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GFB
          When did you drive one? Please share specific details about how the MKZ and Fusion are identical. Based on specifications that are currently available to us, the MKZ and Fusion couldn't be any more different. The MKZ is bigger than the Fusion in almost every dimension, there isn't a single shared exterior piece between the two, and I don't even think they shared handles and window switches like the current MKZ and Fusion do. And if you can't bear the thought of sharing the lowly 2.0 EcoBoost or 2.0 Hybrid powertrain from the Fusion, you can always option the 3.7L V6 from the Mustang with AWD. Throw in a quieter interior, Lincoln Drive Control (which I doubt you've tried), upscale interior trim, THX speakers, retractable roof, and all the other Lincoln-exclusive tech goodies, and you have a perfectly competent entry-premium sedan. How many ES sedans does Lexus sell every year?
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn that's ugly...
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        @Teleny411
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          SaabStory
          • 2 Years Ago
          I've actually seen it in person at the Orange County Auto Show out here in California. It looks much better in the metal than in pictures. Everyone who saw it was blown away. It's the best looking Lincoln Ford's produced in ages.
          Teleny411
          • 2 Years Ago
          It must be the geriatric crew. That's all I can figure...
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        leo
        • 2 Years Ago
        the new ES also is not longer sharing the platform with the Camry, so they are are distant as two cars can be... Needless, the ES300h is $3k more expensive and gets 5mpg less than the Lincoln, and that makes this Lincoln a very good buy and best in class as far as mpg is concerned
        VDuB
        • 2 Years Ago
        Lol. Do your research before you troll. The new Lexus ES is on the Avalon platform. You fail. Try again on another post.
        M5_4_life
        • 2 Years Ago
        Oh stop it! You really need your eyes checked by a top optometrist. The new ES does not look any way like the ubiquitous, horribly designed Camry (I own a Camry btw) Anyway, I hope Ford does a better job marketing this, it deserves it.
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      the big news isn't the mpg's, IMO, rather the price! hybrid comes in the same as the 2.0 EB? great strategy from Lincoln's standpoint.
        kevsflanagan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TrueDat
        I noticed that also. Almost a no brainer really and if anything will draw customers over to Lincoln. To me in the past the Hybrids while nice in the MPG the higher initial costs always threw me off and made me no consider them. This though you can choose either more hp or more mpg both at the same price point.
      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whats best is the price of the Hybrid, is the same as the V6 version...
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