Inside, the MKZ is sumptuously appointed in leather and wood trim, with a sloped, floating center stack reminiscent of Volvo. Don’t expect to find a conventional shift knob—instead, five buttons do PRNDL duty to the left of the standard 8-inch touch screen. Front seats are heated, and the driver’s perch is 10-way power adjustable.
In the lone, standard Premiere trim, you can expect the latest version of MyLincoln Touch infotainment with SYNC, accessible via the touch screen in the stack and the 10.1-inch LCD instrument cluster. You can also expect Lincoln Drive Control, which controls the adjustable suspension with continuously-controlled damping and brings the engine and transmission into the digital decision-making process for a smooth ride on any road.
Competitors include INFINITI’s M35h, a V6 hybrid luxury cruiser with much more power, but many fewer miles per gallon; BMW’s ActiveHybrid 3-series, with a turbocharged straight six which essentially uses an electric motor for extra power and torque, and thus suffers considerably in terms of fuel economy compared to the MKZ; the Lexus ES300h, with its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder hybrid system, is a more direct rival, but still can’t quite keep pace with the MKZ’s 45 city/45 highway rating; and the Buick LaCrosse eAssist, if you’d rather have GM’s approach to fuel-efficient luxury. At 25 city/37 highway, it’ll spend more time at the pump, but the electric motor in place of an alternator doesn’t jolt to life from a dead stop like the MKZ’s full-blown hybrid drive system.
With unassailable fuel efficiency and more comfort and cool tech than ever, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ is making waves among the luxury hyper-miler competition.