You can choose conventional or unconventional powertrains in the 2012 Lincoln MKZ, which makes this near-luxury sedan an unexpected winner in the green-car wars--since Lincoln sells it for the same price as its gas-powered counterpart.
The 2012 MKZ Hybrid earns an EPA-rated 41/36 mpg, which is identical to the ratings of its fraternal twin, the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Ford says the numbers outpace the Lexus HS 250h by 6 miles per gallon, making the MKZ the most fuel-efficient luxury car on sale today. They also credit the standout city gas mileage to the drivetrain's built-in EV mode, which lets it run on battery power at speeds of up to 47 mph. The Lexus HS 250h only can be driven on battery alone up to 25 mph.
Lincoln also delivers green-driving training with a lovely bouquet. Every Hybrid comes with an array of LCD screens that depict a green vine. As drivers cruise along more efficiently, monitoring their consumption and battery usage, the MKZ gives kudos in the form of digitally drawn apple blossoms, adding petals as more fuel is conserved.
The other drivetrain choice in the MKZ is Ford's 3.5-liter V-6, coupled to a six-speed automatic. Its numbers aren't particularly draining, when compared to other V-6 engines, but fuel economy does drop, to 18/27 mpg with front-wheel drive, and to a low of 17/25 mpg when all-wheel drive is ordered.