2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Fusion Hybrid 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, driver alert monitors and available front parking sensors.

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

 

Fusion Hybrid

MKZ

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

254

254

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.3 inches

Neck Injury Risk

52%

52%

Neck Stress

197 lbs.

197 lbs.

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

50 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

14/11 lbs.

14/11 lbs.

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 Hybrid’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 Hybrid’s reliability 21 points higher than the MKZ.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fusion Hybrid 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 Consumer Reports the Ford Fusion Hybrid is faster than the MKZ Hybrid:

 

Fusion

MKZ

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.7 MPH

87.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Fusion Hybrid 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 Hybrid higher (7 out of 10) than the Lincoln MKZ (5 to 7). This means the Fusion Hybrid produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the MKZ every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The Fusion Hybrid stops shorter than the MKZ:

 

Fusion

MKZ

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Fusion Hybrid 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 Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (37.5 feet vs. 39 feet).

Passenger Space

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

The Fusion Hybrid 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 Hybrid easier. The Fusion Hybrid’s trunk lift-over height is 24.4 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

Ergonomics

The Fusion Hybrid 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.

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

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Fusion Hybrid owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fusion Hybrid will cost $740 less than the MKZ over a five-year period.

The Fusion Hybrid will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Fusion Hybrid will retain 41.41% to 43.22% of its original price after five years, while the MKZ only retains 38.09% to 40.84%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fusion Hybrid will be $9169 to $15340 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 Hybrid 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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