The 2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and 2018 Lexus ES 300h are comfortable, luxurious cruisers with an ace up their sleeves. Thanks to gasoline-electric hybrid powertrains, these two cars are roomy enough for five passengers yet they're among the most fuel-efficient new cars available today.
Both go about their business in a similar fashion. Mostly, they eschew sportiness in favor of cosseting interiors with soft leather upholstery, elegant wood trim, and high-zoot audio systems. Yet they're distinctly different. We rate the entire Lexus ES lineup at 7.2 out of 10, while the MKZ shows its pedestrian roots (it's closely related to the Ford Fusion) and scores a 6.7.