I had the opportunity to drive the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid for a while last week and pretty much fell in love with it. When it was dropped off at my house, my first impression was that it was very expensive and classy looking.
The sleek silhouette and gorgeous wood trimmed interior give it the feel of a very high-end car before you even turn it on.
Once I turned it on, the first thing that struck me was the silence. Because it is a hybrid, you do not hear anything upon starting it up. It’s a rather odd sensation until you get used to it. Once you get going, the engine makes a little more noise, but I still found it to be the quietest of all the cars I’ve ever driven. A friend of mine had another manufacturer’s hybrid model and found there to be an annoying whine that got on her nerves. I have to say that I was never aware of any whine or other noise that gave away its hybrid status.
Once I had been driving it a while, a few things struck me:
* Economy. Obviously, being a hybrid, it is much more fuel efficient than what I am used to driving. I actually reached the highest fuel efficiency tooling around town where I averaged 39.9 miles to the gallon. I drove it quite a bit (including a day trip up to Green Bay and back) and barely dipped below the half-full mark in over four days.
*Technology. The Lincoln MKZ has Microsoft Sync technology which I always assumed was similar the the bluetooth/hands free technology I had experienced in most cars. Sync took it a step further. Not only could I answer my phone with the touch of a button on my steering wheel, I could also make calls from my dash and download my contacts/address book into the car’s system as well as receive audible text messages.
* Safety. I loved the safety features that are built into the Lincoln MKZ. The backup camera is one of the best that I’ve seen and is clear and detailed in any light. A tone sounds if there is something behind the car (and the sound comes from the rear as well, so your attention immediately goes back there) and alerts pop up if a car is approaching from either side as you are backing up. My absolute favorite safety feature was the blind spot alert. When you are driving, a small light on the side view mirrors lights up if something is in your blind spot. There is almost no excuse for hitting another vehicle if you are in the MKZ (now, if they could just protect us from those other drivers out there!!).
*Comfort. Air conditioned seats and duel climate control. Need I say more????
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So, any downsides to the MKZ? My only observation would be that this car might not be the best choice for families with more than two children. The backseat was very comfortable with two adults sitting back there, but more than that would feel tight. Also, I would have loved a few more plugs for electronics chargers, our plug-in cooler, the DVD player, etc. The only two plugs I could find were in the front seat area – would love one in the trunk and backseat.
All in all, I loved my experience with the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and was very sad to have to give it back! Starting at $34,645, it feels much more expensive than it is. Plus, right now Lincoln is running their Summer Exclusive Sales Event, so check with your local Lincoln dealer about any special pricing you might qualify for.