The Environmental Protection Agency or commonly referred to as EPA has finally revealed the official fuel economy ratings of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and as expected, the figures were quite high.
Based on the information provided by the EPA, the latest version of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has obtained the fuel economy ratings of 45 miles per gallon in the city and 45 miles per gallon on the highway.
Given these ratings, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has beaten the two of its closest rivals which is the 2013 Infiniti M35h and the 2013 Lexus ES 300h. This is because the 2013 Infiniti M35h obtained the EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 27 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2013 Lexus ES 300h on the other hand has only obtained the official ratings of 40 miles per gallon in the city and 39 miles per gallon on the highway.
But despite of the significant lead in terms of fuel economy that the MKZ Hybrid has over the ES 300h, the former still remains cheaper compared to the latter and the price difference is quite high. The 2013 Lexus ES 300h is currently sold at a starting price of $39, 725 including the destination charge of $875. The price of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid on the other hand starts at $35,630 including the destination charge of $875.
But aside from its impressive fuel economy ratings, a lot of car experts were surprised upon knowing that the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the conventional non-hybrid version are currently sold at a similar staring price. This is despite the fact that the hybrid version provides better fuel economy ratings and other special features that are exclusively offered in it. Thus, the potential buyers of this nameplate are given the option to either go for the hybrid or the non-hybrid version of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ.
The non-hybrid versions of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ are currently available with two engine options. The first engine option used in this model is the 3.7-liter V-6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and connected to a front wheel drive system. The models that are equipped with this engine obtained the EPA-estimated ratings of 19 miles per gallon in the city, and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
Those that are powered by the second engine option which is the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and connected to a front-wheel drive system got the ratings of 22 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway.