2019 Genesis G70 vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The G70 Prestige/Dynamic/Sport has a standard 360-degree Multi-view Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKZ only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the G70 and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G70 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKZ was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

The G70 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The MKZ’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G70 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Lincoln covers the MKZ. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the MKZ ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The G70’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the MKZ’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G70 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Genesis will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the MKZ.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the G70 has a standard 800-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 G70’s reliability 31 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 Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Genesis vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Genesis 8 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the G70 2.0T is faster than the MKZ Hybrid (automatics tested):

G70

MKZ

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.7 MPH

84.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the G70 2.0T RWD gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ FWD turbo 4 cyl. (22 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/31 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G70 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended 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 G70 has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (15.8 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The G70 offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The MKZ doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Genesis G70, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKZ.

The G70’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The MKZ doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the G70’s brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ:

G70 2.0T

G70 3.3T/6-speed

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

11.9 inches

12.4 inches

The G70’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 G70 stops shorter than the MKZ:

G70

MKZ

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The G70 3.3T/Dynamic/Sport’s 255/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the MKZ’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The G70 has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The MKZ’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The G70 Dynamic handles at .95 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The G70 Advanced executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the MKZ Premiere (25.2 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the G70’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (36.1 feet vs. 39 feet). The G70 AWD’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Genesis G70 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

The G70 is 9.5 inches shorter than the MKZ, making the G70 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the G70 Dynamic is quieter than the MKZ AWD:

G70

MKZ

At idle

37 dB

44 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

The G70 has 1.8 inches more front headroom and .3 inches more rear headroom than the MKZ.

Cargo Capacity

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the G70’s trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The MKZ doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the G70 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the MKZ. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The G70 Prestige/Dynamic/Sport has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The MKZ doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Consumer Reports rated the G70’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the MKZ’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 G70’s headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the MKZ’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

Recommendations

The G70 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2019. The MKZ has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the G70 as their 2019 Car of the Year. The MKZ has never been chosen.

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