Ford said the EPA has recently rated the 2011 Lincoln MKZ hybrid at 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway (38.5 mpg combined), making it the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan on the market.

By comparison, its closest competitor, the Lexus HS 250h, gets a 34.5 mpg rating.

The MKZ will go on sale sometime this fall. There is no word yet on pricing, but the non-hybrid 2010 MKZ starts at $34,225.

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