Sharing many components with its Ford Fusion stablemate, the Lincoln MKZ lineup continues to offer a dedicated hybrid model.
What's New for 2019
The 2019 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sees no significant changes for the new model year, though the trim levels have been renamed and the Black Label variant is no longer available.
Choosing Your Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter Atkinson four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery. Power is routed to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. This system produces 188 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy comes in at an EPA-estimated 42 miles per gallon city, 39 mpg highway, and 41 combined. The system features regenerative braking, and an LCD display highlights potential energy-saving driving techniques.
Safety and security features on the MKZ Hybrid include a rearview camera, a reverse sensing system, remote keyless entry, knee and curtain airbags, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, LED headlights and taillights, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and heated power side mirrors with turn signal indicators.
While the specification of Reserve I and Reserve II models is undeniably impressive, the base 2019 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid should provide enough creature comforts for most buyers – at a significantly lower price point. The options packs on Reserve models are also on the expensive side, and are unlikely to recoup their value at resale time.