Lincoln MKZ Hybrid's MPG Is Official: 41 in the City

Lincoln announced that the fuel efficiency rating for their first ever hybrid, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, is now official: 41 mpg rating in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway. The official EPA rating makes it the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America.

A few years ago, a luxury sedan achieving more than 40 MPG in the city would have been big news. With hybrid technology, it’s quickly becoming a regular occurrence.

Ford is positioning the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid to compete against the 2010 Lexus HS 250h. The MKZ beats the HS250h in terms of fuel economy by 6 MPG, and provides more engine power and passenger room. The MKZ’s combined gasoline engine and electric motor provide 191 net horsepower.

“The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers everything our customers look for in a midsize luxury sedan, plus unsurpassed fuel economy,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president, Global Product Development, in a press release. The MKZ’s claim for fuel economy leadership in the luxury category may be short-lived, with the premium compact Lexus CT 200h hitting dealerships later this year or in early 2011.


  • 38mpg

    “The MKZ’s claim for fuel economy leadership in the luxury category may be short-lived, with the premium compact Lexus CT 200h hitting dealerships later this year or in early 2011.”

    I don’t quite agree. These two cars are totally different in terms of their intended audience, appearance etc. etc.

  • ConJunTuraL

    Humm… how much CO2?

  • Charles

    ConJunTuraL:

    According to the EPA a gallon of gasoline has 2421 grams of carbon. So burning a gallon of gasoline produces 8788 grams (99% of carbon to CO2) of CO2. So at 39 MPG average that works out to 225 grams/mile or 140 grams/KM. City would be 133 grams/KM and highway would be 152.

    BTW Diesel is 10,084 grams per gallon.

  • Rich S

    The Lincoln should have gotten an Ecoboost engine to make it distinct from the Fusion. Not to mention better MPG and performance.

  • veek

    Charles:

    Thanks for the figures, but something about the numbers you listed didn’t quite appear right. After checking the epa.gov/otaq/climate site under calculations, it appears your figure for the grams of carbon per gallon of gasoline is right in line with the EPA’s figures, but the EPA lists grams per gallon of diesel as 2,278, rather than 10,084. Hope this helps.

    This gives 19.4 pounds of C02/gallon for gasoline and 22.2 for diesel.

    According to the EPA (and common sense), the actual figure depends on many other variables (such as, I assume, how the fuel is brought from the ground to the market), and the energy density of the fuels will differ, but the EPA workers start their calculators with a gallon of fuel, no matter how it arrived at the lab.

    Looks like a nice car with a power train arrangement that has worked nicely in the Fusion and Escape.

  • Charles

    veek; I was not clear. You are correct that there are 2,278 grams of carbon per gallon of Diesel. The 10,084 figure is grams of CO2 per gallon of Diesel. Both numbers come from:
    http://www.epa.gov/oms/climate/420f05001.htm

  • veek

    Charles:

    Actually, on second thought, the original figure seems fairly reasonable.

    The carbon from simply burning a gallon of fuel is only the tip of the iceberg. The Indirect Costs to bring us that fuel are surely quite high, and should at least be considered. These costs include the exploration for the oil (and the inevitable accidental spills), the roads and transportation costs, the costs of defending and securing the oil supply lines, etc., not to mention the long-term costs to our collective psyches and well-being that a “cheap oil lifestyle” brings.

    To paraphrase an old ad:
    The costs of a gallon of fuel burned:2.278 grams/mile.
    The costs to bring you that gallon of fuel: 10.084 grams/mile.
    The costs to our happiness: priceless.

  • Anonymous

    somehow these new cars makes the CAFE 2020 target of 35 mpg seem very silly. we need to push it up to 50 mpg!

  • Music Man

    Aaaaahh yes! American automotive manufacturing is continuing to bring consumers what they want. The same companies that rolled tanks off assembly lines during WWII are still there for us! What can I say … it’s where my heart’s at. Keep it up!

  • Music Man

    In 25-35 years the Lincoln, (American cars in general) will be rolling across the Barrett-Jackson auction block, just like they are now.

    Happy Father’s Day everyone!

  • Steve in MD

    The Lexus CT 200h is a compact hatchback, the MKZ Hybrid is a large sedan. They may share the “luxury” designation, but then so do Rolls-Royces.