Wednesday, November 26, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Top luxury sedan in mileage is a Lincoln

By
From page C1 | June 06, 2014 |

Despite the common perception that Toyota and its luxury brand, Lexus, are best in fuel economy, it is the gasoline-electric hybrid version of Lincoln’s 2014 MKZ that ranks as the top luxury car in fuel mileage.

The 2014 MKZ Hybrid, which is rated by the federal government at 45 miles per gallon in both city and highway travel, also has a quiet interior, comfortable ride, an odd, push-button gear shifter and a surprising base retail price, including destination charge, of just $36,085.

The price is noteworthy because it is the lowest base retail price of any gas-electric hybrid luxury sedan sold in the United States.

It’s also just $1,000 more than the $35,086 price for a non-hybrid, turbo four-cylinder-powered, 2014 MKZ whose combined city/highway mileage rating is 42 percent less, or 26 mpg.

Plus, the base MKZ Hybrid mid-size sedan, which earned five out of five stars in government crash tests, is well-equipped.

Power comes from a 141-horsepower, naturally aspirated, four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor capable of generating 88 kilowatts of electricity, so the maximum output from the hybrid system is 188 horses.

A fuel-saving, continuously variable transmission that a driver operates like an automatic is the only tranny.

The MKZ Hybrid has the usual standard features such as power windows and door locks, dual-zone, automatic climate control, push-button start, keyless entry and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.

But some standard features aren’t always found on competitors. These include Sync voice and touchscreen control for ventilation and the audio system, active noise control for the interior, leather-trimmed seats, 10-way, power-adjustable and heated front seats, power and heated outside mirrors, 18-inch wheels and light-emitting diode headlamps and taillamps.

Still, the base 2014 MKZ Hybrid does not include a rearview camera for drivers to see what is behind the car as they back up.

To get this feature, buyers must upgrade to a package that adds $1,145 to the price, for a total manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $37,230.

By comparison, the 2014 Lexus ES 300h has a starting MSRP, including destination charge, of $40,410 and carries a federal government fuel economy rating of 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

The base ES 300h has more power — a 200-horsepower gas-electric powerplant linked to a CVT. But front seats in the base model are not heated, wheels are 17 inches in diameter and seat covering is Lexus’ NuLuxe faux leather.

The base ES 300h includes a standard sunroof that is not on the MKZ, but there is no rearview camera on the ES 300h unless a buyer adds a $4,177 option package.

Another competitor, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid sedan, has a starting retail price of $45,305 and is rated at 29/36 mpg by the U.S. government. The Q50 Hybrid uses a 302-horsepower V-6 mated to an electric motor for a total horsepower of 360.

In contrast to the MKZ and ES 300h, the Q50 Hybrid sports a seven-speed, automatic transmission.

The front-wheel drive, four-door MKZ is, by far, the top-selling Lincoln. Sales this calendar year through April were up 58 percent from the year-ago period, to a total of 12,272.

Based on the Ford Fusion Hybrid which is also made by Lincoln’s parent company Ford Motor Co., the MKZ Hybrid has a distinctive look that’s an acquired taste to some, with its “winged” grille shape and thin, horizontal line of tail lamps.

The MKZ is unique in other ways.

It is oh-so-silent during most starts. The engine stays off but electric power that’s generated onboard and stored in the lithium-ion battery pack is ready. So a car icon illuminated bright green in the instrument cluster tells the driver the MKZ is on and ready to go.

That’s when the driver has to forget about using a gear shift lever. Instead, the MKZ Hybrid has a vertical line of buttons showing “P” for park, “R” for reverse, etc. on the side of the center stack in the dashboard. An MKZ Hybrid driver must press the brake pedal and press one of the buttons to “shift” into gear.

It takes some getting used to, but it worked fine in the test car.

This is not the first push-button shifter. Chrysler had a push-button shifter in several of its cars starting in 1956, and Ford’s doomed Edsel also featured the mechanism in the late 1950s.

The MKZ Hybrid offered a stable ride and had decent power to merge into traffic and keep abreast of others in city traffic and on country roads.

On the highway, the 2-liter, double overhead cam four cylinder could get buzzy as it worked hard on long uphill climbs.

The MKZ Hybrid averaged 34.5 mpg without the driver trying to maximize fuel mileage. While this is lower than the government rating of 45, it translated into a driving range of 465 miles on a full tank of 13.5 gallons of regular gasoline costing $52.

MKZ back-seat legroom and headroom of 37 inches and 36.6 inches, respectively, felt a bit tight in the tester. Trunk space in the MKZ Hybrid is a two-level arrangement, because of the location of the battery pack, and tops out at 11.1 cubic feet.

The 2014 MKZ Hybrid had a safety recall involving 7,153 cars which might be shifted out of park without the driver depressing the brake pedal.

2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid FWD

BASE PRICE: $35,190.

PRICE AS TESTED: $45,800.

TYPE: Front-engine, front-wheel drive, five-passenger, mid-size, gasoline-electric hybrid sedan.

ENGINE: 2-liter, double overhead cam, Atkinson cycle, inline four cylinder with iVCT mated to 88-kilowatt electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack.

MILEAGE: 45 mpg (city), 45 mpg (highway).

TOP SPEED: NA.

LENGTH: 194.1 inches.

WHEELBASE: 112.2 inches.

CURB WEIGHT: 3,828 pounds.

BUILT AT: Hermosillo, Mexico.

OPTIONS: Hybrid preferred group (includes rearview camera, reverse sensing system, 19-inch, polished aluminum wheels, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, navigation system, upgraded, premium leather seat trim with cooled as well as heated front seats) $5,375; technology package (includes lane-keeping system, adaptive cruise control, active park assist) $2,250; single panel moonroof $1,200; White Platinum exterior paint $695; rear-seat, inflatable seat belts $195.

DESTINATION CHARGE: $895.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

 
Groups distribute Thanksgiving food

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1, 3 Comments | Gallery

 
 
County fair proposal, budget topics of scrutiny

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3, 1 Comment | Gallery

Police: Vehicle burglaries not new for Fairfield

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Vacaville PD seeks VIPS program volunteers

By Glen Faison | From Page: A4

 
Fairfield police offer free gun locks

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

 
Fairfield police investigate shooting

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Library schedules soap-making program

By Glen Faison | From Page: A4

 
Science comes to libraries – for all to see

By Glen Faison | From Page: A5

Soroptimists seek award applicants

By Glen Faison | From Page: A5

 
 
Nichols plans free family concert in Napa

By Glen Faison | From Page: A7

Church’s holiday soiree on Vacaville calendar

By Glen Faison | From Page: A7

 
Fairfield police log: Nov. 23, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

 
Fairfield police log: Nov. 22, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

Suisun City police log: Nov. 23, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9, 2 Comments

 
Suisun City police log: Nov. 22, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

Suisun City police log: Nov. 24, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Weather for Nov. 26, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: B12

.

US / World

 
Anger at Ferguson case based on emotion, evidence

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 11 Comments

Tough to make a case against police in shootings

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 5 Comments

 
Protesters return to riot-scarred Ferguson streets

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 8 Comments

In Seattle, tofu turkeys get Thanksgiving pardons

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

 
Los Angeles freeway sign unveiled with typo

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Heirloom ring flushed; sewer workers retrieve it

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Ohio family recovers missing Sasquatch statue

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Auction fetches $28K for 1st batch of new bourbon

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Agreement: LA jails to improve wheelchair access

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Window washer fights for life after 11-story fall

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Lawmakers target Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk fee

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

Cosby philanthropy shadowed by sexual allegations

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Oakland police arrest more than 40 protesters

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 2 Comments

Arkansas, Mississippi gay marriage bans overturned

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

 
Calorie count to appear with many prepared foods

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

8 shoes of Holocaust victims stolen in Poland

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Activists: Syrian strikes kill 60 in IS-held city

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

AP sources: Top candidate for defense job bows out

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

 
WWII Museum opening new pavilion in New Orleans

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Police: Students ran high school prostitution ring

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

 
Wet basements in Buffalo as flooding fears ease

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Soldiers to spend Thanksgiving in Ebola isolation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
2 teen female bombers kill more than 40 in Nigeria

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Official: Afghan president orders military review

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Nov. 25, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Nov. 26, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Today in History: Nov. 26, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Horoscope for Nov. 26, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B5

The man I’m seeing makes no effort to get to know my kids

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B5

 
A do-ahead cornmeal biscuit to sop up your gravy

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Fresh take on an herb-roasted Thanksgiving turkey

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Turn turkey leftovers into a healthy dinner salad

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
‘Birdman’ leads Spirit Awards nominations

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

.

Sports

Vacaville Christian wins 3-0, advances to state quarterfinals

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Curry powers Warriors past Heat 114-97

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

49ers rookies shine in big roles, out of necessity

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Cousins, Kings beat Pelicans 99-89

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Red Sox bring in Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
NFL, union discuss personal conduct policy

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Bama, FSU, Oregon, Miss St keep playoff rankings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Messi sets European record with 74 goals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Judge OKs Hernandez trial delay in 2012 killings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Kurt Busch wins delay of Delaware court hearing

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Giants third base coach Tim Flannery retires

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
AP source: Left-hander Jon Lester, Giants to meet

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Pats are unanimous No. 1 in AP Pro32 rankings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
.

Business

New iPhones push Apple’s market cap past $700B

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Twitter lets merchants offer deals to its users

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

US economy posts even stronger growth in Q3

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Thanksgiving travel woes? There’s an app for that

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

US home price gains slow for 10th straight month

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Barbie dethroned by Team Elsa

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Rain, snow could mess up Thanksgiving travel

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
.

Obituaries

Glenita Reyes McLaughliin

By Daily Republic | From Page: A4

 
Leslie “Esi” Gros

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5