2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Twins with Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
October 18, 2011
The Lexus ES350 gets slammed for being the mechanical twin of the Toyota Camry, yet the Lincoln MKZ (twins with our long-term 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid) doesn't attract the same derision -- perhaps because many people don't care? Lincoln is advertising the daylights out of the MKZ, and they go one better than Lexus by offering a hybrid version of the MKZ. Lexus doesn't offer a hybrid version of the ES -- yet.
Anyway, I drove the MKZ Hybrid for a few days and liked it, a lot more than I thought I would. And not surprisingly, it was very similar to our Fusion Hybird with great steering, a firm brake pedal, and OK handling. They're both EPA rated at 41 city/36 highway, although we got only 33 mpg for the MKZ from just one tank.
I like the exterior styling of the MKZ a lot more than the plain-Jane Fusion, although the MKZ's interior is not true luxury to me. And the $7K price difference, $39,270 vs. $32,370, would make me think twice about getting the MKZ over the Fusion.
Hmmm. Which would you get? More pics on the jump.
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer