Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Test Drive

Oh So Quiet: The Hybrid's Silent!

carAt some point this afternoon, I have to return the Lincoln MKZ + Hybrid I've been driving since last Wednesday. I love this car, and believe Ford should let me keep it!

One thing that takes some time getting used to is how completely quiet the Lincoln Hybrid is. When you turn the ignition, your only clue that the car is on is a small green icon on the dashboard. There is no sound. It's completely silent.

Driving the Lincoln Hybrid is equally quiet. You don't hear the engine, and if you turn off the air conditioner and sound system, there is absolutely no noise. It's a little unsettling at first, but then you get used to it.

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I hope my ears can handle it when I return to my '99 Mazda in a couple of hours.

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My Lincoln MKZ + Hybrid Weekend

CarThe folks at Ford are pretty awesome. My relationship with them started back in 2008 when they put me in a Ford Focus for a week, then in 2009 I got a Ford Fusion and last year a Ford Taurus and a Ford Fiesta.

This year, I'm stepping up with a Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. I drove the crap out of it this weekend, and it's both a sweet ride and amazing on gas. It's got this 3.5L Duratec V6 engine that offers 263 horsepower and 7.4L/100 km on the highway. All I know is that it was awesome in today's rain and I'm having trouble draining the tank.

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Most of the Ford cars I borrow have Sync technology with Sirius radio, and I've started to look at my summer week or two with Sync as a vacation unto itself. It gets harder and harder to go back to my '99 Mazda Protege.

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I've still got this car for a few more days, so I'll check back later. I'm actually unsure what the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid costs, and afraid to Google it and find out. If someone wants to let me know in the comments, I'll let you know how far out of my price range this vehicle is.

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