What is it? The MKZ Hybrid will be the Lexus HS 250h in the two-car luxury hybrid sedan category. It is the platform sibling to the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, which already have hybrid versions. Ford says the MKZ Hybrid will use Fords second-generation four-cylinder hybrid engine for even better mileage. The company also says the MKZ Hybrid will be the lowest price hybrid luxury car on the market.
What's new or notable? Ford claims an EPA rating of 40 mpg, highway, putting the MKZ Hybrid at the head of the luxury-car class in fuel economy too, at least among gasoline-powered cars. A new iteration of Ford's leaf-growing efficiency meter adds apple blossoms for long-term efficiency, as well as leaves that grow and wilt more quickly.
CR's take: In our testing, the MKZ proved a competent if unexciting performer. The Ford Fusion hybrid, on which the MKZ hybrid is based drives well and feels luxurious for its price.
When will it be available? Fall 2010