2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry 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 MKZ doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The MKZ doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The MKZ 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry XLE/XSE has standard Rear Cross Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The MKZ doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional Bird’s Eye 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 Camry 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 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, available blind spot warning systems 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 Toyota Camry is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

Camry

MKZ

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

28%

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

24 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

52%

Neck Stress

136 lbs.

197 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

50 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 Toyota Camry is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

Camry

MKZ

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

16 inches

HIC

164

268

Spine Acceleration

35 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 and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKZ was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the MKZ.

There are over 45 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Camry has a standard 600-amp battery. The MKZ’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Camry’s reliability 44 points higher than the MKZ.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Lincoln is ranked 20th.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Camry 4 cyl. is faster than the MKZ Hybrid:

 

Camry

MKZ

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

9.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

20.5 sec

25.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.2 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

83 MPH

Top Speed

133 MPH

109 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Camry gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ:

 

 

Camry

MKZ

 

FWD

L 2.5 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/41 hwy

20 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/39 hwy

n/a

 

 

3.5 V6/Auto

22 city/33 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

3.0 turbo V6/Auto

 

3.5 V6/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

AWD

 

n/a

20 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

17 city/26 hwy

3.0 turbo V6/Auto

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Camry

MKZ

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

The Camry stops shorter than the MKZ:

 

Camry

MKZ

 

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

129 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The Camry has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The MKZ’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Camry SE handles at .88 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKZ Premiere (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Camry L/LE’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet). The Camry SE/XLE/XSE’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the MKZ’s (38 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 650 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Camry SE is quieter than the MKZ AWD:

 

Camry

MKZ

At idle

41 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

The Camry has 3.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (100.4 vs. 96.6).

The Camry has .4 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom, .9 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

The front step up height for the Camry is 1 inches lower than the MKZ (15” vs. 16”). The Camry’s rear step up height is 1.5 inches lower than the MKZ’s (14.5” vs. 16”).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Camry easier. The Camry’s trunk lift-over height is 26.8 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

Ergonomics

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional 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 Camry 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.

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 Camry’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the MKZ’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Camry owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camry will cost $55 to $6065 less than the MKZ over a five-year period.

The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camry will retain 35.88% to 48.63% of its original price after five years, while the MKZ only retains 38.09% to 40.84%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the MKZ because typical repairs cost much less on the Camry than the MKZ, including $662 less for a muffler, $6 less for front brake pads and $314 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $11713 to $16334 less than for the Lincoln MKZ.

Recommendations

The Toyota Camry has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Camry

MKZ

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Toyota Camry outsold the Lincoln MKZ by over 17 to one during 2018.

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