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The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Luxury Sedan for 2012

If you have wanted to enter the field of luxury cars, but haven’t purchased one yet because you’ve been waiting for a ‘green’ car, then here is what you’ve been waiting for: the 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

When people think of American luxury cars, there is Cadillac and there is Lincoln. Lincoln has a long reputation in the field of luxury cars. It makes sense that they would get around to offering an entry-level, luxury hybrid sedan.

Great Gas Mileage

The Lincoln MKZ hybrid is based on the Fusion hybrid from Ford, but it has a distinctive look and personality of its own. The large front grill announces that something special is right behind it. This car is more than eye candy however, and gets 41 miles per gallon in the city and an estimated 36 on the highway. Other than plug-in types of hybrids, the MKZ gets the best gas mileage to comparable hybrids of its type.

The great gas mileage can mean significant savings. For example, a person driving the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid who travels 1,000 each month can save about $1000 per year (at around $4.37 per gallong) when compared to the same gas-powered only luxury sedan in the same class. And, J.D. Power and Associates ranked the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the gas-only MKX among the top three in their class for durability.

The Power Plant

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is powered by a 2.5 liter Duratec Atkinson-Cycle inline-4 Hybrid engine with 16 valves, and an electric motor that is powered by a nickel-hydride battery. The combination offers 191 horsepower. The MKZ also offers power steering, front-mounted rack-and-pinion steering. Sitting on great 17-inch, machined aluminum wheels with 9-spokes and painted pockets, the MKX also offers power disc brakes on all four-wheels with an anti-lock braking system and electronic distribution of brake force and regenerative braking. You’ll also find a rear electronic parking aid with ultrasonic sensors and rear window defogger.

Amenities

On the inside, you’ll find yourself in the lap of luxury. The cockpit includes wood accents and seats five adults with a roomy 37.8 inches of headroom, 42.3 inches of legroom in the front, and 42.3 inches in the back. The front bucket seats recline, have leather seating surfaces and are heated and cooled, which compliments the automatic zone climate control in the front. Other amenities include AM/FM radio, 6-disc CD changer, 9 speakers, an MP3 player and six months of Sirius Satellite radio.

Other standard features of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid includes luxurious power windows, power door locks, 2 power outlet in the front, delayed power retention (for putting up windows after the ignition is turned off), tilt-steering, trip computer, cup holders, reading/map light, lighted vanity mirror, a remote tailgate release, and heated side mirrors. With awesome features of Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, everyone is going to love the luxury car.

 

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Clearing Up Some Hybrid Misconceptions

Many people are not sure what the difference is between a hybrid car and an electric car. The confusion is understandable, since both types use electricity to propel the vehicle. A hybrid vehicle, however, uses a small conventional engine plus an electric engine. An electric car has only an electric engine and needs to be charged through an electrical outlet. There are also other kinds of ‘green’ cars as well. There are solar and natural gas powered vehicles, although they have not become as widespread as hybrid vehicles. Currently the most popular hybrid cars are the Honda Civic, Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius.

If you have been thinking of buying a hybrid vehicle, here are some points that you might want to check into and not believe everything you’ve heard about this kind of vehicle.

1. Hybrid batteries will freeze easier at low temperatures.

Actually, the opposite is true. The nickel-hydride batteries in most hybrid cars are more resistant to cold and work better than the average car battery at low temperatures.

2. When driving a hybrid car in reverse, the gas engine does not work.

When moving in reverse, the electric motor is what is doing the work.

3. Hybrid cars get astronomically high gas mileage.

Although hybrid cars do get better gas mileage than autos with conventional engines, it depends on how you drive, too. Hybrids get better mileage when driving short distances, around town for instance. Mileage drops when you hit the freeway. Most hybrids boast around 40 miles per gallon but your mileage will probably be somewhere below that since we all don’t drive under controlled situations, like the EPA does.

4. Hybrid car batteries don’t last very long and have to be replaced.

Hybrid batteries do eventually have to be replaced, just as a conventional battery does. The majority of hybrid cars come with an 8-year warranty, or 100,000 miles from the manufacturer. Hybrid cars in California are required to cover 10 years or 150,000. Driving an average of 10,000 miles a year, that’s doing to be 10 years. Most people don’t keep their car that long.

5. Hybrids have to be plugged in and charged overnight.

As mentioned earlier, only fully electric cars need to be charged. The battery of a hybrid is charged by the action of the brakes. It’s known as regenerative braking. Each time the brake peddle is pressed it charges the car’s nickel-hydride battery.

6. Hybrids are ‘gutless’ and have no horsepower.

While this may have been the case in earlier models, technology has greatly improved performance in hybrid cars. Horsepower runs from 440 to 98 horsepower. While they may not win any speed races, when you want to merge onto the highway or pass a truck, the power will be there when you want it, even with ‘only’ 98-horsepower.

 

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