2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

The Ford Fusion Hybrid remains one of the best choices in the mid-size segment. Comfortable, efficient, good-looking, and reasonably entertaining to drive. For around $29,000, it's a solid choice.

What's that? This isn't a Fusion but a Lincoln MKZ? And it costs $38,000? Ouch. That's another story. Simply put, this Lincoln offers absolutely nothing you don't get in the Ford. The interior is no nicer, the suspension tuning feels no different, the engine is no more powerful. It pales in comparison to a Buick LaCrosse, which isn't exactly a shining star, in my opinion. Up against an all-wheel-drive Volvo S60? Forget it. Which reminds me: Why doesn't Lincoln have a version of the Volvo S60? Wasn't that car developed under the auspices of the very same Ford Motor Company that has turned out this very efficient, but very unconvincing luxury sedan? The fact that Volvo's new Chinese owners have a stellar premium mid-size car to sell while the company that invested in its development has nothing to compete with it is an incredibly bitter irony.
- David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

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What a great review! I hope Ford is reading this and comparison to Volvo.

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