2019 Ford Taurus vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Taurus and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors, 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 Taurus is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

Taurus

MKZ

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

24 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

68/69 lbs.

167/333 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

218

254

Neck Injury Risk

32%

52%

Neck Stress

145 lbs.

197 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

50 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 Taurus’ warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Taurus has a standard 600-amp battery. 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 Ford Taurus’ reliability 35 points higher than the MKZ and the Ford Taurus is rated 66 points higher than the MKZ.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Taurus second among large 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

The Taurus has more powerful engines than the MKZ:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Taurus 3.5 DOHC V6

288 HP

254 lbs.-ft.

Taurus SHO 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

MKZ Hybrid 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

188 HP

 

MKZ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

MKZ 3.0 turbo V6

350 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Taurus is faster than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

Taurus V6

Taurus SHO

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ turbo 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

5.2 sec

8.8 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

13.7 sec

16.7 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

103 MPH

84.9 MPH

89.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Taurus uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Taurus SHO for maximum performance). The MKZ with the 3.0 turbo V6 engine requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Taurus has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Taurus has a gallon more fuel capacity than the MKZ AWD’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 18 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Taurus

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

11.9 inches

12.4 inches

The Taurus SHO’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the MKZ are solid, not vented.

The Taurus stops shorter than the MKZ:

 

Taurus

MKZ

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Taurus Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the MKZ (255/45R19 vs. 245/45R18).

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

Suspension and Handling

The Taurus 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 handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 3 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the MKZ.

The Taurus SHO handles at .87 G’s, while the MKZ Premiere AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Taurus SHO executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKZ Premiere (26.8 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Taurus SHO is quieter than the MKZ AWD (73 vs. 75 dB).

Passenger Space

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

The Taurus has 5.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (102.2 vs. 96.6).

The Taurus has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear legroom, 2 inches more rear hip room and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

Cargo Capacity

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the MKZ (20.1 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Taurus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Taurus will cost $1190 less than the MKZ over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Taurus is less expensive to operate than the MKZ because typical repairs cost much less on the Taurus than the MKZ, including $290 less for a muffler, $32 less for front brake pads, $70 less for a starter, $197 less for fuel injection, $131 less for a fuel pump, $121 less for front struts, $166 less for a timing belt/chain and $663 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Taurus will be $1139 to $5839 less than for the Lincoln MKZ.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Taurus, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln MKZ isn't recommended.

The Ford Taurus outsold the Lincoln MKZ by 82% during 2018.

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