LINCOLN MKZ HYBRID

Another automaker is claiming hybrid supremacy, following a favourable rating from the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to Lincoln, the automaker’s all-new 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.”

LINCOLN MKZ HYBRID

EPA ratings put MKZ Hybrid ahead of 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, Lincoln says its MKZ Hybrid is 2 mpg city and 5 mpg better highway than the smaller Lexus CT 200h. And the vehicle is reportedly more fuel efficient than Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles.

Lincoln is offering the MKZ Hybrid at the same price as the equivalent non-hybrid model.

LINCOLN MKZ HYBRID

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

Other competitors reportedly 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.

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The new Lincoln MKZ and MKZ Hybrid is set to go on sale later this year. Until then, customers can configure their own virtual MKZ online.

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