2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is faster than the MKZ Hybrid:

 

Clarity

MKZ

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.9 MPH

84.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ Hybrid (117 city/102 hwy MPGe vs. 42 city/39 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ Hybrid (44 city/40 hwy vs. 42 city/39 hwy).

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 47 miles. The MKZ must run its internal combustion engine to move.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Clarity Plug-In 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 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid higher (8 out of 10) than the Lincoln MKZ (5 to 7). This means the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid produces up to 13.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the MKZ every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ:

 

Clarity

MKZ

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.9 inches

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Passenger Space

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (101.5 vs. 96.6).

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

Ergonomics

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 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.

Consumer Reports rated the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the MKZ’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

Recommendations

The Honda Clarity outsold the Lincoln MKZ by 322 units during 2018.

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