Lincoln MKZ Hybrid  vs Ford Fusion Hybrid 

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

  • $35k
  • 2.0L Hybrid
  • 38 city 37 hwy
The big wheels are perfectly proportioned to the arches, with a multispoke design and smoked finish that looks fantastic.
by (Oct, 2013)

Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

  • $39k
  • 8 kWh Hybrid
  • 44 city 41 hwy
Instead of running the 156-hp, 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four that the old Fusion paired with a 106-hp electric motor, the new Fusion gets a more efficient 2.0-liter, 141-hp Atkinson-cycle four and a 118-hp electric motor.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of MKZ Hybrid vs Energi SE


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

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combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of MKZ Hybrid vs Fusion Hybrid

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

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Slightly lower MSRP $35k vs $39k More than 10% cheaper sticker price
Slightly cheaper annual cost $8,488 vs $9,018 More than 5% less expensive per year
Car-autoblog-first view of Ford Fusion Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

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Better city driving range 616 miles vs 513 miles More than 20% further in the city
Better highway driving range 574 miles vs 499 miles More than 15% further range on the interstate

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$35,190 9.9¢/mile Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Ford Fusion Hybrid $38,700 8.7¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Ford Fusion Hybrid only makes sense if you drive more than 61,000 miles per year.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Ford Fusion Hybrid
Price $7,038 ($35,190) $7,740 ($38,700)
Fuel $1,478 (1,998 gallons) $1,303 (1,761 gallons)
City 38 MPG 44 MPG
Highway 37 MPG 41 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

MKZ Hybrid  vs Fusion Hybrid 

Design cues mirror the Evos Concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, with thin headlamps that sweep clear toward the front fenders and a low, forward grille.
Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

Specifications Full list of technical specs


MKZ Hybrid  vs
Fusion Hybrid 
Brand Lincoln Ford
Body style
Model year 2014 2013
City range 513 miles 616 miles
Highway range 499 miles 574 miles
MSRP $35k $39k
Annual cost $8,488 $9,018

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.3 m³ 4.3 m³
CO2 per car made 0.9 metric ton 0.9 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,449 kWh/vehicle 2,449 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 9 kg 9 kg

power & handling

Max torque 129 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 129 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max HP 188 HP @ 6,000 RPM 141 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 20.36 lb/hp 27.75 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 38 feet 37.6 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 11 6
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input No Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard Standard
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A Standard
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,200 Optional, $995
Navigation system N/A Optional, $795
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard


MKZ Hybrid  vs
Fusion Hybrid 
EPA smog score 7 7
EPA GHG score 10 10
Combined CO2/mile 198 g 211 g
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 30 tons 32 tons

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L 2.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Continuously-variable Continuously-variable
Transmission Automatic 2WD Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Multi link
Front brakes 12.4 in Ventilated Disc 11.81 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.4 in Disc 11.89 in Disc
Front wheel width 245 225
Front wheel diameter 18 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 45 50

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system Ford SYNC MyFord

physical dimensions

Width 73.4 in 72.9 in
Front track width 62.3 in 62.3 in
Height 58.1 in 58 in
Length 194.1 in 191.8 in
Wheelbase 112.2 in 112.2 in
Curb weight 3,828 lb 3,913 lb
Has a rear spoiler No No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 56 ft³ 58 ft³
Rear seat room 43 ft³ 48 ft³
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
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