2019 Chevrolet Impala vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Impala are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Lincoln MKZ has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Impala and MKZ have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Impala has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The MKZ’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

Both the Impala and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Impala is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

Impala

MKZ

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23.3%

28%

Neck Stress

184 lbs.

200 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

270/69 lbs.

167/333 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

36.3%

52%

Neck Stress

132 lbs.

197 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Impala is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

Impala

MKZ

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

16 inches

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

551 lbs.

597 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The Impala’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the MKZ’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Impala’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Impala has a standard 800-amp battery (512 V6). The MKZ’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Impala’s reliability 56 points higher than the MKZ.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Impala 4 cyl. is faster than the MKZ Hybrid:

 

Impala

MKZ

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

9.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

24.5 sec

25.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85 MPH

83 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

109 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Impala V6 is faster than the Lincoln MKZ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Impala

MKZ

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.2 MPH

89.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Impala uses regular unleaded gasoline. The MKZ with the 3.0 turbo V6 engine requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Impala has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Impala’s brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ:

 

Impala

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.9 inches

12.4 inches

The Impala stops shorter than the MKZ:

 

Impala

MKZ

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Impala Premier offers optional 20-inch wheels. The MKZ’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Impala has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The MKZ’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Impala LT handles at .84 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Impala LT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKZ Premiere (26.7 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Impala LT is quieter than the MKZ AWD:

 

Impala

MKZ

At idle

38 dB

44 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Impala a Large car, while the MKZ is rated a Mid-size.

The Impala has 8.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (105 vs. 96.6).

The Impala has 2 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom, .3 inches more rear hip room and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

Cargo Capacity

The Impala has a much larger trunk than the MKZ (18.8 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Impala easier. The Impala’s trunk lift-over height is 29.4 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

Towing

While the MKZ Hybrid is not recommended to tow, any Impala can tow a minimum of 1000 pounds.

Ergonomics

Consumer Reports rated the Impala’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the MKZ’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Impala owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Impala will cost $370 to $6030 less than the MKZ over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Impala is less expensive to operate than the MKZ because typical repairs cost much less on the Impala than the MKZ, including $432 less for a muffler, $95 less for front struts, $418 less for a timing belt/chain and $720 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Impala will be $3932 to $12292 less than for the Lincoln MKZ.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® chose the Chevrolet Impala as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln MKZ isn't recommended.

The Chevrolet Impala outsold the Lincoln MKZ by almost three to one during 2018.

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