2019 Maserati Ghibli vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

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Safety

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

The Ghibli offers an optional Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKZ only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Ghibli and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ghibli has a standard 850-amp battery. The MKZ’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Ghibli has more powerful engines than the MKZ:

Horsepower

Torque

Ghibli 3.0 turbo V6

345 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Ghibli S 3.0 turbo V6

424 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

MKZ Hybrid 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

188 HP

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 Car and Driver the Ghibli S is faster than the Lincoln MKZ turbo 4 cyl.:

Ghibli

MKZ

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.8 sec

12.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12 sec

21.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

8.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.9 sec

4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.5 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

175 MPH

135 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, the Ghibli’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lincoln only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the MKZ Hybrid.

The Ghibli has 7.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Ghibli has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ AWD’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 18 gallons).

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

Ghibli

Ghibli S

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.6 inches

11.9 inches

12.4 inches

The Ghibli’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 Ghibli stops much shorter than the MKZ:

Ghibli

MKZ

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

129 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

125 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Ghibli’s optional 245/35R21 front and 285/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the MKZ’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghibli offers optional 21-inch wheels. The MKZ’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Ghibli has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the MKZ, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ghibli 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 Ghibli’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the MKZ (118 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghibli is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than on the MKZ.

The Ghibli S Q4 handles at .91 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Ghibli S Q4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the MKZ Premiere (25.5 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Ghibli’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Ghibli S Q4 is quieter than the MKZ AWD (70 vs. 71 dB).

Passenger Space

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

The Ghibli has 11.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (108 vs. 96.6).

The Ghibli has .9 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

The front step up height for the Ghibli is 1.3 inches lower than the MKZ (14.75” vs. 16”). The Ghibli’s rear step up height is .5 inches lower than the MKZ’s (15.5” vs. 16”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Ghibli has a much larger trunk than the MKZ (17.6 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Ghibli easier. The Ghibli’s trunk lift-over height is 25.8 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Ghibli’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, 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

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The engine in the Ghibli 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

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The Ghibli’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The MKZ does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Ghibli 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Ghibli to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The MKZ doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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

When the Ghibli with available tilt-down mirrors 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.

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