2019 Ford Fusion Energi vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Fusion Energi 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

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

 

Fusion Energi

MKZ

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

26%

28%

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

168

254

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.3 inches

Neck Injury Risk

41%

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 Ford Fusion Energi is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

Fusion Energi

MKZ

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

236

268

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

Warranty

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

Reliability

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 Fusion Energi’s reliability 21 points higher than the MKZ.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fusion Energi third among midsize cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The MKZ isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 2 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Fusion Energi is faster than the MKZ Hybrid 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid:

 

Fusion Energi

MKZ

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

9.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

23 sec

25.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion Energi running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ Hybrid (104 city/91 hwy MPGe vs. 42 city/39 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion Energi running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ Hybrid (43 city/41 hwy vs. 42 city/39 hwy).

The Fusion Energi can drive on battery power alone for up to 20 miles. The MKZ must run its internal combustion engine to move.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Fusion Energi 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.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford Fusion Energi higher (7 out of 10) than the Lincoln MKZ (5 to 7). This means the Fusion Energi produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the MKZ every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Fusion Energi

MKZ

Front Rotors

12.4 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.9 inches

Suspension and Handling

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

For better maneuverability, the Fusion Energi’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (37.5 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Fusion Energi Titanium is quieter than the MKZ AWD:

 

Fusion Energi

MKZ

At idle

32 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

The Fusion Energi has 6.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (102.8 vs. 96.6).

The Fusion Energi has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, .6 inches more rear hip room and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion Energi easier. The Fusion Energi’s trunk lift-over height is 24.4 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the MKZ, the Fusion Energi Titanium has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Fusion Energi 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 Fusion Energi has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the MKZ.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion Energi is less expensive to operate than the MKZ because typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion Energi than the MKZ, including $133 less for a water pump, $653 less for a muffler, $32 less for front brake pads, $252 less for fuel injection, $168 less for a fuel pump, $168 less for front struts, $601 less for a timing belt/chain and $397 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fusion Energi will be $1321 to $10140 less than for the Lincoln MKZ.

Recommendations

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2010. The MKZ has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Fusion Energi as their 2010 Car of the Year. The MKZ has never been chosen.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2010. The MKZ has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Fusion Hybrid as the 2010 North American Car of the Year. The MKZ has never been chosen.

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