2019 Honda Accord Hybrid vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Accord Hybrid deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Accord Hybrid’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The MKZ’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Accord 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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


Accord Hybrid



5 Stars

4 Stars




5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

184 lbs.

200 lbs.




5 Stars

3 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

140 lbs.

197 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 Honda Accord Hybrid is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:


Accord Hybrid



Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

16 inches




Spine Acceleration

34 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, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accord Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKZ was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.


There are over 23 percent more Honda dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Accord Hybrid’s warranty.


From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 5 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Accord Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ Hybrid (48 city/48 hwy vs. 42 city/39 hwy).

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

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Accord Hybrid’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ:


Accord Hybrid


Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.8 inches

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Accord Hybrid is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the MKZ.

For better maneuverability, the Accord Hybrid’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).


The Honda Accord Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 800 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

Passenger Space

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

The Accord Hybrid has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (105.6 vs. 96.6).

The Accord Hybrid has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

Cargo Capacity

The Accord Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the MKZ Hybrid (16.7 vs. 11.1 cubic feet). The Accord Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the MKZ (16.7 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

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


The Accord Hybrid Touring has a standard 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 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 Accord Hybrid’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the MKZ’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

When the Accord Hybrid Touring 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.


The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 23 of the last 25 years. The MKZ has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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