The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has been something of a hit for Ford since the beginning, exceeding the company's modest projected 15-percent take rate for more than two years (we say "modest" because that still means an overwhelming majority of Lincoln customers are passing up on the gas-electric powertrain even though it costs the same as the standard model). Either way, Lincoln builds 700 MKZ Hybrids at its plant in Mexico each month, but has sold 715 of them in each of the past three months. That's why, according to a report in The Detroit News, when the restyled 2014 MKZ Hybrid arrives (non-hybrid pictured), Ford is doubling production compared to 2013. Instead of the hybrid model being 20 percent of production, the new hybrid will make up 40 percent.

Ford is doing well with hybrids in general – its portion of the electrified vehicle segment jumping 12 points in a single year to 16 percent. Assuming Ford doesn't change the pricing strategy (along with the changes Ford is making to calibration to improve fuel economy), the sedan could continue to "[show] other luxury hybrids how it's done" when it goes on sale later this year.


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      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      They are very attradtive, except that lower front fascia cut out isn't centered. Wonder what are the hiding on the other side they werent able to center the opening.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pricing the gas and hybrid versions the same was an excellent move by Lincoln. I am hoping they make this standard practice - including offering the upcoming MKC in hybrid form. I think Ford screwed up by not offering an Escape hybrid and instead doing the C-Max, which is much smaller than the Escape. If Lincoln comes out with a luxury crossover in both hybrid and gas versions they will have a hit - especially if it looks as good at the MKC concept car.
      Gene Mack
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was at the Lincoln dealership this morning to get my oil changed and there were 6 MKZs in the delivery bays, waiting to be picked up by their new owners. Two were Hybrids. Talked to my salesman for a bit and he said sales of the MKZ are strong and he is seeing 25-year-olds and 70-year olds coming in the door to check it out. Now, the 70-year olds was not a surprise for Lincoln, but seeing people less than 50 years old walk in the door has got these guys excited and buying into Lincoln's new product strategy. He is also very excited by upcoming MKC (he said should hit the showrooms around January, largely unchanged from the concept), saying it should really appeal to a younger customer. Hate all you like, I think Lincoln has something to build on here. Not the single car to turn-around the company, but I think it is gaining some traction and direction.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gene Mack
        I think both 25-year olds and 70-year olds showing interest is a success for Lincoln. Not long ago it would have been rare to see an old person driving a FWD car with a four cylinder.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          Except that 25 yr olds can't afford Lincolns, and the 70 yr olds are starting to die.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
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        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gene Mack
        Heck, I'm 36 and I went in to test drive a MKZ. Beautiful car, and the hybrid gets pretty good mpgs.
      landypd5
      • 1 Year Ago
      That hideous front end...
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      That Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      In a related story, Lincoln dealers (all 7 of them) are preparing to have exactly one more vehicle rotting on their lots. Lincoln is a brand...I mean trim level whose sole existence is to provide Ford execs something to drive. The rest of the world knows you can get a very slightly less bland looking Ford...which is the exact same thing for many thousands less It's still clear ford is completely befuddled when it comes to what Lincoln should be and their place in the market. Meet the new Lincoln, same as the old Mercury...only without the sales.
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        "only without the sales" Officially the dumbest thing you've ever said in your entire overstayed existence on this site.
          That Guy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          Yeah, I know how much the truth bothers you. It's a sad fact isn't it that Mercury outsold Lincoln from its death back AT LEAST 10 years. And now a good month for Lincoln is breaking 7k sales. It's a pitiful trim level of a brand from a pathetic manufacturer.
      Curtimack
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have been driving a Fusion for a week as a loaner car, if the Lincoln is an upgrade from the Fusion it should be a great car. I have been very pleased with the Fusion. Lincoln just need to find a new "face" the car is very attractive from the sides and rear. Lincoln gets Kudos for keeping the Hybrid the same price!
        Luc K
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Curtimack
        I drove both and despite some reviewers saying opposite I thought MKZ was clearly a step up. On the other hand it feels little bit more confined and less spacious. The one issue I have with both MKZ and Fusion is the way too small 13.2 gallon tank. Maybe it might make sense if it really achieves 45 mpg but it doesn't (CR it's more like 34 mpg).
          Ziv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Luc K
          If you drive it like you stole it you would still get 35 mpg. A friend has one and he gets 39-40 mpg with lots of ac and carrying multiple passengers. His mpg does go down one mpg in the winter but his 2011 mkz is a very nice, efficient car.
      dreadcthulhu01
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't understand why anyone would buy this over a Fusion Hybrid with the Titanium trim. The Fusion looks like a budget Aston Martin, the MKZ looks like a baleen whale. They are the same car under the sheet metal, the TI gets pretty much all of the same tech gadgets, and the slightly nicer interior in the MKZ isn't worth an extra $5k. Ford has forgotten the most basic rule of badge engineering; the more expensive car has to look better than the cheaper model.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dreadcthulhu01
        its all subjective dread...the Z is quite stunning in its own right, it looks substantially better in the flesh.....the fact ford is targeting two demographics while amortising costs is a business coup de gras...and theres more differences under the skin than you are giving credit....
        express2day
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dreadcthulhu01
        Once Lincoln dealers finally had inventory to sell, the MKZ has been doing very well as far as percentage sales increases vs. the Fusion.
        That Guy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dreadcthulhu01
        It's easy Dread, People that buy the Lincoln trim level want to throw many thousands of dollars away for the exact same car with the same pitiful gas mileage figures, recalls, etc.. But the want it in a package that's slightly more boring than the Ford.
          Winnie Jenkems
          • 1 Year Ago
          @That Guy
          Look, I have issues with the styling (just the front end, really.. and interior materials) and I don't like the fact that it's a re-skinned FWD Ford either, but you've gotta give credit where it's due... the fuel economy is rather good (not great, competitors are better, but it's good). If you're really concerned about fuel economy you'll get the hybrid, and you've got to give them props for making it the same price.
      Hybridnetics
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great news... And just wait.. When the new MKC SUV comes out, sales of that should do really well. And that will lift Ford Stock up nicely. Cha-ching! Now who's laughing?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hybridnetics
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      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      The new mkz are stunners on the road especially in white........ My friend don't know much about cars but when they see these....they can't stop looking at them......the mkc is going to be a winner for lincoln as well.......can't wait to see what lincoln is going to do with the MKS.........rumor have been going around that they are going to restore the MKR nameplate to rival the new CTS......lets hope lincoln delivers :)
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      Judyz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have to say I think this car looks miles better in person. While I haven't been a fan of the cockpit dashes that come out to greet you asthetics wise they make good sense ergonomically. When you are driving and need to adjust anything having that sloped cockpit puts everything you need in your face. Having gotten used to driving a few of these I get it now and am willing to get used to the cramped feeling. My biggest issue with this car is the upswept bar on the dash to meet the windshield. It's as if the interior and exterior designers couldn't get on the same page. On most cars you look straight out over the dash with a clear line of sight. Having the dash below the Windshield line just seems silly and jarring to me. But maybe it is another thing I could get used to. Overall love the looks and feel of this vehicle. The first Lincoln I would consider owning in a LONG time.
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