2019 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2019 Volvo S60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The rear seatbelts optional on the MKZ inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The S60 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the MKZ and the S60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights and front parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the MKZ the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The S60 has not been tested, yet.


Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKZ 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the S60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the S60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the MKZ’s warranty.


The MKZ has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The S60 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lincoln 9 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the MKZ Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the S60 T5 (42 city/39 hwy vs. 24 city/36 hwy).

The MKZ FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.5 vs. 14.5 gallons). The MKZ AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 AWD’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 15.9 gallons).


The MKZ Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The S60 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the MKZ has larger tires than the S60 (245/45R18 vs. 235/45R18).

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the MKZ uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The MKZ’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The S60 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.


The MKZ is 5.2 inches narrower than the S60, making the MKZ easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The front grille of the MKZ Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The S60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The MKZ uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The S60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the MKZ a Mid-size car, while the S60 is rated a Compact.

The MKZ has .5 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear legroom, .4 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.

Cargo Capacity

The MKZ has a much larger trunk than the S60 (15.4 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 18% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.


In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKZ’s exterior PIN entry system. The S60 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Volvo On Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the MKZ to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The S60 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The MKZ offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The S60 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.


The Lincoln MKZ outsold the Volvo 60 Series by 56% during the 2018 model year.

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