Lincoln claims the MKZ Hybrid will save owners as much as 200 gallons of gas per year, thanks to the hybrid system and its SmartGauge instrument panel, which helps drivers learn how to extract the most from the car by growing leafy green foliage and apple blossoms across the instrument panel when they're doing it right.
But that's not all the 2011 MKZ Hybrid is good for: it's a segment leader, as well, beating back the Lexus HS 250h as the most efficient entry-level luxury hybrid sedan, while delivering more luxury content as standard. Lincoln outfits all of its MKZ Hybrids with leather-trimmed seating and real wood, while the Lexus only offers such features as upgrades.
Lincoln also points to the combined 191-horsepower of the hybrid system and 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, SYNC system, reverse sensing system, power adjustable driver and passenger seats and integrated spotter mirrors as steps above the standard Lexus HS 250h package. The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid also manages 47 mph in electric-only mode, 21 mph faster than the Lexus HS 250h's 26 mph-max.
For more on the 2011 Lincoln MKZ and its Hybrid variant, check out the full details on our review page.