When you take a conventionally powered car and add a hybrid powertrain, there’s a price premium. A huge price premium – that’s just the way things are.
But what if it didn’t have to be that way?
The engineers are Ford have been wondering the same thing. Why does there have to be a $5k price premium just so you can have the privilege of getting better fuel economy? Well, buyers of the 2011 MKZ Hybrid won’t have to.
The 2011 MKZ Hybrid is priced the same as the gas-only MKZ.
Absolutely brilliant. Ford is using the excellent powertrain from the Fusion Hybrid, which mats an electric motor to a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine. The base price will be $35,180, which is exactly the same as the normal MKZ, powered by a 3.5 liter V6.
So, sure, you give up a few ponies. But you get the same fantastic fuel economy as the Fusion Hybrid – 41 MPG highway, and you don’t have to pay a dollar more.
In additional to the brilliant pricing in comparison to it’s conventional brother, the 2011 MKZ Hybrid clocks in at $350 lower than the Lexus HS 250H. Plus, it gets 6 MPG better in the city. Eat it, Lexus.