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#1 of 15 HYBRID Lincoln MKZ
Oct 13, 2010 (4:36 pm)
The 2011 Hybrid MKZ has has arrived. The hybrid Milan is gone for 2011. The 2010 hybrid Fusion is receiving customer ratings in top percentile. The 2010 V6 MKZ has gotten customer ratings also.
It has been the opinion of many persons that we should not buy an introductory first year model because of...basically engineering oversights.
But what if that first year model is based on two other sedans which have been very successful and the technology has been proven for many years?
(ie. Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrids)
Does Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which uses low octane regular gasoline, stand any chance of 'making it' in today's hybrid market?
#2 of 15 first thoughts
Oct 14, 2010 (9:54 am)
My initial thoughts are conflicting.
First, it's a FABULOUS idea to have the gasoline and hybrid versions selling for the same price. Never been done before, so the result will be interesting to see.
Second, that car appeals to an "older" demographic, people who are less likely to embrace "newfangled" hybrid technology.
So it's going to be interesting to see what happens.
#3 of 15 Re: HYBRID Lincoln MKZ [wilcox]
Feb 10, 2011 (8:57 am)
I bought the MKZ hybrid in November and have been totally pleased with it.
First, you shouldn't be concerned that this is the "first year" for the car. It's really the same car as the Ford Fusion hybrid-- made in the same plant and same engine and power system. The Fusion has been very reliable so the MKZ version should be too. The differences are mostly in the features like power seats and radio and electronics. The MKZ is very quiet, so it may have more soundproofing. I think the ride & handling may be tweaked with software to be a little different too.
For me it was a no-brainer to go for the hybrid. It will save me $1000 a year in fuel. I now have to fill up only every other week instead of every week. I was willing to give up some horsepower for that.
#4 of 15 Re: first thoughts [larsb]
Feb 11, 2011 (5:37 am)
It's one thing to have the hybrid and non-hybrid version priced the same, but it's another for them to sell at the same price. I see non-hybrids MKZ's advertized all the time at thousands off MSRP, but the not the hybrid. Ford/Lincoln knew the net selling price would be much higher for the hybrid.
#5 of 15 Re: first thoughts [jhinsc]
Feb 11, 2011 (8:26 am)
HHHMMMM...That's a shame. I thought it sounded too good to be true.
#6 of 15 Re: first thoughts [larsb]
by pf_flyer HOST
Feb 11, 2011 (11:00 am)
Consumer perception must be in play here as well. Those who are inclined to buy a hybrid might be thinking that the hybrid is worth paying extra for... and if someone is willing to pay more, you can bet they ARE going to pay more
#7 of 15 Re: first thoughts [pf_flyer]
by kirstie_h HOST
Feb 11, 2011 (11:24 am)
Well, sure... but I think it's a bit misleading for Lincoln to come out with an announcement that pricing will be the same for traditional and hybrid versions, then offer several thousands of dollars in incentive offers for the MKZ, excluding the hybrid. In my area, they've effectively knocked $3K off the non-hybrid version via incentives & rebates... for a full 4 months.
#8 of 15 Re: first thoughts [kirstie_h]
by pf_flyer HOST
Feb 13, 2011 (12:00 pm)
OK.. supply and demand then. I'd wager that there are far more non-hybrids than hybrids available, hence, they need to put those "on sale" to move them.
#9 of 15 Re: HYBRID Lincoln MKZ [doctored5]
Apr 16, 2011 (3:11 pm)
How does your Lincoln MKZ Hybrid handle on the Interstate at 75 MPH and going thru the mountains?
Is the power adequate and/or mileage sink?
#10 of 15 Re: HYBRID Lincoln MKZ [dmers1]
Jan 03, 2012 (11:44 am)
I haven't checked this post in a long time.
The MKZ hybrid handles very well at speeds. It's reasonably peppy at getting you up to speed. I usually don't cruise much beyond 70 mph, but it can certainly handle 75.
You will pay for it in mileage though. Your mpg will probably drop to the low 30s at that speed.