Lincoln enters this race with its soon-to-be-discontinued MKZ Hybrid, which, for $42,500, will get you 188 hp, 129 lb-ft of torque, and an impressive 41 mpg. The Fusion's biggest party trick is its starting price of only $28,000, which is a bargain compared to the starting price of $42,500 of the Lincoln. The new decade brings with it some sad tidings; the Lincoln MKZ range of midsize sedans will be coming to the end of its life after the 2020 model year, but instead of letting it die in peace, Lincoln has decided to give it one last sprucing up before it enters the pearly piston gates. The standard eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display makes its way into the Hybrid model and features Lincoln's SYNC 3 operating system, which we found to be easy to get accustomed to and use in general. To get behind the wheel of a 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, you'll have to fork over $42,500, which doesn't include tax, registration, a destination fee of $995, and an acquisition fee of $645. Similarly, the Ford Fusion Hybrid will return an EPA estimated 43/41/42 mpg city/highway/combined. It brings all the opulence, amenities and soft ride of the standard MKZ but also returns excellent fuel economy that’s far superior to its non-hybrid rivals. Since there is only one model on offer for the Hybrid version of the MKZ, you don't really have much of an option, unless you look at the turbocharged 2.0-liter and monstrous twin-turbo V6 model. It's comfortable and has some good features, but it doesn't stand up to the competition dynamically, and at this price, some competitors start to look mighty appealing. Research the 2019 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid with our expert reviews and ratings. Total power output is 215 hp and 153 lb-ft, which is significantly more than what you get in the Lincoln, and you can feel it out in the real world. The EPA rates the Hybrid MKZ at 42/39/41 mpg city/highway/combined. Powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder and an electric motor, the Fusion Hybrid produces all of 188 hp, which it sends to the front wheels via a CVT transmission, so basically the exact same setup as the MKZ. Outright performance isn't the focus here: the 2020 Lincoln Hybrid offers linear power delivery from its modest gas/hybrid powertrain. The Lexus ES Hybrid, which is basically a Toyota Avalon Hybrid in fancy dress, is one of the best all-rounders in this group and will outclass the MKZ in a number of key areas. Transitioning between gas and hybrid is seamless, and the lithium-ion battery is constantly being charged when not in all-electric mode via regenerative braking. The suspension isn’t floaty and the car corners well. With a maximum fuel capacity of 14-gallons, you should see a maximum range of over 500 miles. Read consumer reviews from real 2020 Lincoln MKZ buyers. The MKZ Hybrid has a few tricks up its sleeve, especially in terms of comfort and standard features, which is exactly what buyers in this class are looking for. Steering is light, but the car can be placed with reasonable accuracy, but don't expect to be thrilled when navigating a set of tight corners; the MKZ will keep you on the road, but it's far from dynamic. Lane-keep assist is also added to the list of standard driver assistance features. Headroom is measured at 37.9 inches in the front, and 36.6 in the rear. The good news is that all MKZ Hybrid models come in Reserve trim spec, which means you get an additional four 12V power points, a premium sound system with 11 speakers, as well as soft-touch seats and Sonata Spin aluminum accents on the instrument and door-trim panels. Standard safety features include eight airbags, and the active driver assistance suite is made up of adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. It is worth noting that the 2019 MKZ Hybrid goes for only $35,995, and offers more or less the exact same package. Other than that, the MKZ should offer thousands of trouble-free miles. Hybrid cars also get two smart-charging USB ports and a SmartGauge with an EcoGuide instrument cluster and dual 4.2-inch LCD screens with an EcoSelect button on the center stack. This, however, is not the case with the 2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid; whereas gas-powered cars get a total trunk space of 15.4 cubic feet, Hybrid models only get 11.1, a significant drop.