2019 Porsche Macan vs. 2018 Lincoln MKX

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Macan 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 MKX doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Macan has standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Macan. But it costs extra on the Lincoln MKX.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Macan’s standard Porsche Hill Control allows you to creep down safely. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer Porsche Hill Control.

Both the Macan and the Lincoln MKX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.


The Macan’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Lincoln MKX’s (12 vs. 5 years).


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

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


The Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 45 more horsepower (348 vs. 303) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (352 vs. 278) than the Lincoln MKX’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Macan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Macan has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Lincoln MKX (19.8 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.


A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Porsche Macan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Lincoln MKX.

The Macan offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Macan’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Macan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Lincoln MKX:



Macan S


Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

11.6 inches

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

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the Macan has larger standard rear tires than the Lincoln MKX (255/55R18 vs. 245/60R18). The Macan’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the Lincoln MKX (295/35R21 vs. 265/40R21).

The Macan’s standard 255/55R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Lincoln MKX Premiere/Select’s standard 60 series tires. The Macan’s optional 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Lincoln MKX Reserve’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Macan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Macan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For greater off-road capability the Macan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Lincoln MKX (8 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Macan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Macan’s minimum ground clearance is 1.2 inches higher than on the Lincoln MKX (9 vs. 7.8 inches).


The Macan is 5.1 inches shorter than the Lincoln MKX, making the Macan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Payload and Towing

The Macan’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Lincoln MKX’s (4409 vs. 2000 pounds).

The Macan has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Lincoln MKX (1435 vs. 900 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 14% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.


Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Lincoln MKX, the Macan offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Macan’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 Lincoln MKX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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