2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid vs. 2020 Lincoln MKZ

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Safety

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Both the Ioniq 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Ioniq Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKZ was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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The Ioniq Hybrid comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The MKZ’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Ioniq Hybrid 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Lincoln covers the MKZ. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the MKZ ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Ioniq Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the MKZ’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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The MKZ’s redline is at 6800 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Ioniq Hybrid has a 5500 RPM redline.

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 Ioniq Hybrid’s reliability 18 points higher than the MKZ.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked fifth.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 9 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is faster than the MKZ Hybrid:

Ioniq Hybrid

MKZ

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

17.2 sec

Top Speed

116 MPH

109 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Ioniq Hybrid

FWD

Blue 1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

57 city/59 hwy

1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

55 city/54 hwy

MKZ

FWD

2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

42 city/39 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/31 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

18 city/27 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

17 city/26 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Ioniq 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

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid higher (7 out of 10) than the Lincoln MKZ (5 to 7). This means the Ioniq Hybrid produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the MKZ every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Ioniq Hybrid 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 MKZ doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Ioniq Hybrid BLUE handles at .87 G’s, while the MKZ Premiere AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Ioniq Hybrid’s turning circle is 4.2 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (34.8 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1200 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

The Ioniq Hybrid is 1 foot, 5.9 inches shorter than the MKZ, making the Ioniq Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Ioniq Hybrid Limited is quieter than the MKZ AWD:

Ioniq Hybrid

MKZ

At idle

27 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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

The Ioniq Hybrid has 1.2 inches more front headroom and .8 inches more rear headroom than the MKZ.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Ioniq Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the MKZ Hybrid (26.5 vs. 11.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Ioniq Hybrid easier. The Ioniq Hybrid’s trunk lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

Ergonomics

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The Ioniq 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 Ioniq Hybrid’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the MKZ’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 Ioniq Hybrid’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the MKZ’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Ioniq Hybrid owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Ioniq Hybrid will cost $405 to $4855 less than the MKZ over a five-year period.

The Ioniq Hybrid will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Ioniq Hybrid will retain 42.38% to 42.93% of its original price after five years, while the MKZ only retains 35.08% to 36.76%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid will be $15678 to $24744 less than for the Lincoln MKZ.

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