2019 Genesis G90 vs. 2018 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G90 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 Continental doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The G90’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Continental doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The G90 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 Continental doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the G90 and the Continental 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

The G90 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Continental’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G90 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Lincoln covers the Continental. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Continental ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The G90’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Continental’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G90 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 Continental.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the G90 has a standard 950-amp battery. The Continental’s 650-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the G90 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the G90’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Continental’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 G90’s reliability 20 points higher than the Continental.

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 G90 has more powerful engines than the Continental:

 

Horsepower

Torque

G90 3.3T turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

G90 5.0 DOHC V8

420 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

Continental 3.7 DOHC V6

305 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Continental 2.7 turbo V6

335 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Continental 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Genesis G90 is faster than the Lincoln Continental 3.0 twin turbo V6:

 

G90 3.3T

G90 5.0

Continental

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

5 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

13.5 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.9 MPH

104.5 MPH

99.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G90 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Continental requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The G90 has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Continental (21.9 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Genesis G90, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the G90’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Continental:

 

G90 3.3T

G90 5.0

Continental

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

14.8 inches

13.9 inches

The G90’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Continental are solid, not vented.

The G90 stops shorter than the Continental:

 

G90

Continental

 

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the G90 has larger tires than the Continental (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 vs. 235/50R18).

The G90’s 245/45R19 front and 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Continental Premiere’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the G90 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Continental Premiere.

Suspension and Handling

The G90 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Continental’s suspension doesn’t offer front gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G90’s wheelbase is 6.5 inches longer than on the Continental (124.4 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the G90 is 1.4 inches wider in the front and .4 inches wider in the rear than on the Continental.

The G90’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the G90 more stable handling and braking.

The G90 3.3T AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The G90 3.3T AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Continental Black Label AWD (26.1 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the G90’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Continental’s (39.2 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Passenger Space

The G90 has 6.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Continental (113.2 vs. 106.4).

The G90 has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Continental.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the G90 offers cargo security. The Continental’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the G90 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Continental. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Continental, the G90 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The G90 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 Continental doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The G90’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 Continental’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

When the G90 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 Continental’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The G90 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 Continental.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Genesis G90, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its March 2018 issue and they ranked the Genesis G90 3.3T AWD first. They ranked the Lincoln Continental Black Label AWD fourth.

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