2019 Chevrolet Volt vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Volt 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, 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, front and 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 Volt is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

Volt

MKZ

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

17.2%

28%

Neck Stress

153 lbs.

200 lbs.

Neck Compression

20 lbs.

24 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

77/182 lbs.

167/333 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

27.4%

52%

Neck Compression

28 lbs.

50 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 Volt is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

Volt

MKZ

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

10 inches

16 inches

HIC

156

268

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

484 lbs.

597 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” to “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Volt the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKZ was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

Warranty

The Volt’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 Volt’s warranty.

Reliability

The MKZ’s redline is at 6800 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Volt has a 5600 RPM redline.

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 Volt’s reliability 13 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 Volt is faster than the MKZ Hybrid:

 

Volt

MKZ

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

9.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

22.5 sec

25.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.4 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Volt running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ Hybrid (113 city/99 hwy MPGe vs. 42 city/39 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Volt running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ Hybrid (43 city/42 hwy vs. 42 city/39 hwy).

The Volt can drive on battery power alone for up to 53 miles. The MKZ must run its internal combustion engine to move.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Volt 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.

Brakes and Stopping

The Volt stops shorter than the MKZ:

 

Volt

MKZ

 

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Volt has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The MKZ doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Volt Premier handles at .86 G’s, while the MKZ Premiere AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Volt Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKZ Premiere (26.9 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Volt’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (36.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Volt may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 650 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

The Volt is 1 foot, 1.5 inches shorter than the MKZ, making the Volt easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

 

Volt

MKZ

At idle

30 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

66 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

71 dB

Ergonomics

The Volt has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The MKZ doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Volt’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the MKZ’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Volt owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Volt will cost $1000 to $6045 less than the MKZ over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Volt is less expensive to operate than the MKZ because typical repairs cost much less on the Volt than the MKZ, including $393 less for a muffler, $238 less for fuel injection, $8 less for a fuel pump, $145 less for front struts, $293 less for a timing belt/chain and $416 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Volt will be $1306 to $13852 less than for the Lincoln MKZ.

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