The Lincoln MKZ has shot to the top of its (admittedly small) class of mid-size luxury hybrids in terms of miles per gallon: the American challenger’s window sticker now officially reads 45 mpg in the city, on the highway, and as a combined rating.
With the EPA’s blessing, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid officially becomes the most efficient mid-size luxury hybrid by a sizable margin. The next closest competitor is the 2013 Lexus ES 300h, which gets 40 mpg city / 39 mpg highway / 40 mpg combined. Blame that deficit on horsepower: while the MKZ pumps out 188 horsepower in total, the ES makes a round 200.
Those numbers are also both well above the ratings of more powerful challengers from BMW and Infiniti. The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 makes 335 net horsepower (the most of any non-M 3 Series), but gets only 25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined. The Infiniti M35h, famous for being the world’s fastest hybrid, makes 360 horsepower but gets just 27 mpg city / 32 mpg highway / 29 mpg combined. The MKZ also trumps the Buick Regal eAssist, which uses only a mild hybrid system. That car (which is some $7000 less than the MKZ Hybrid) gets 25 mpg city / 36 mpg highway / 29 mpg combined and makes 182 horsepower.
At $36,800 including destination, the MKZ Hybrid (which starts at the same price as the conventional gasoline MKZ) is also the least expensive full-hybrid luxury sedan. The ES300h starts at $39,725, while both the M35h and ActiveHybrid 3 start at more than $50,000.
- Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
- Lexus ES 300h
- Infiniti M35h
- BMW ActiveHybrid 3
- Buick Regal eAssist