2019 Genesis G80 vs. 2018 Lincoln MKZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G80 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Lincoln MKZ doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The G80’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The MKZ doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G80 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Lincoln MKZ has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The G80 has standard Anti-Whiplash Front Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Anti-Whiplash Front Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The MKZ doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the G80 and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Genesis G80 is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

G80

MKZ

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

97

125

Neck Injury Risk

21%

28%

Neck Stress

189 lbs.

200 lbs.

Neck Compression

22 lbs.

24 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

180

254

Neck Injury Risk

35%

52%

Neck Stress

129 lbs.

197 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 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 Genesis G80 is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

G80

MKZ

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

10 inches

16 inches

HIC

230

268

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

46 G’s

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G80 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 28 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKZ was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

The G80 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 G80 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 G80’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the MKZ’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G80 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 G80 has a standard 740-amp battery. The MKZ’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G80 second among midsize premium 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 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.

Engine

The G80 has more powerful engines than the MKZ:

 

Horsepower

Torque

G80 3.8 DOHC V6

311 HP

293 lbs.-ft.

G80 3.3T Sport 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

G80 5.0 DOHC V8

420 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

MKZ Hybrid 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

188 HP

n/a

MKZ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

MKZ 3.0 turbo V6

350 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

MKZ 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the G80 3.8 is faster than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

G80

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ turbo 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

8.8 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

16.7 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

84.9 MPH

89.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G80 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on G80 3.3T Sport 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 G80 has 6.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (20.3 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The G80 has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ AWD’s standard fuel tank (20.3 vs. 18 gallons).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Genesis G80, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKZ.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the G80’s brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ:

 

G80 3.8

G80 3.3T Sport

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13 inches

11.9 inches

12.4 inches

The G80 3.3T Sport’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 G80 stops shorter than the MKZ:

 

G80

MKZ

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The G80’s optional 275/35R19 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 G80 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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G80’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the MKZ (118.5 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the G80 is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the MKZ.

The G80 5.0 handles at .88 G’s, while the MKZ Premiere AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The G80 3.8 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the MKZ Premiere (26.2 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the G80’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (36.2 feet vs. 39 feet). The G80’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the G80 5.0 is quieter than the MKZ AWD:

 

G80

MKZ

At idle

39 dB

44 dB

70 MPH Cruising

70 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the G80 a Large car, while the MKZ is rated a Mid-size.

The G80 has 11.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (107.7 vs. 96.6).

The G80 has 3.2 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the G80 easier. The G80’s trunk lift-over height is 27.5 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the G80 offers cargo security. The MKZ’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the G80’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 G80 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 G80 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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.

The G80 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 G80’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The MKZ’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 G80’s standard headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the MKZ’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The G80 3.8 AWD offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The MKZ doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the G80 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The MKZ’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the G80 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the G80 with a number “” insurance rate while the MKZ is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Genesis G80 and the Lincoln MKZ, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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