2020 Infiniti Q50 vs. 2020 Lincoln Continental

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Safety

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The Q50 Sport/Red Sport 400’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Continental doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q50 (except Pure) offers optional Back-up Collision Intervention that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Continental doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Q50 and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Infiniti Q50 is safer than the Lincoln Continental:

Q50

Continental

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

79

107

Chest Movement

.9 inches

.9 inches

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

196

322

Hip Force

415 lbs.

560 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

190

369

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

47 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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The Q50 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Continental’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

The Q50’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Continental’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 2 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

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The Q50 has more powerful engines than the Continental:

Torque

Q50 3.0t 3.0 turbo V6

295 lbs.-ft.

Q50 Red Sport 400 3.0 turbo V6

350 lbs.-ft.

Continental 3.7 DOHC V6

280 lbs.-ft.

Continental 2.7 turbo V6

380 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Q50 Red Sport 400 is faster than the Lincoln Continental turbo V6:

Q50

Continental

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.5 sec

12 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112 MPH

106 MPH

Top Speed

153 MPH

147 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Q50 gets better fuel mileage than the Continental:

Q50

Continental

2WD

n/a

17 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (300 HP)/Auto

20 city/29 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

2.7 V6/Auto

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (400 HP)/Auto

20 city/26 hwy

n/a

AWD

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (300 HP)/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

2.7 V6/Auto

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (400 HP)/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.0 V6/Auto

The Q50 has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Continental (20 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A seven-speed automatic is standard on the Infiniti Q50, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Q50’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Continental are solid, not vented.

The Q50 stops shorter than the Continental:

Q50

Continental

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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The Q50 Red Sport 400’s 265/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Continental Select/Reserve’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Q50 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Continental doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Q50’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.8% to 44.2%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the Q50 more stable handling and braking.

The Q50 Red Sport 400 handles at .88 G’s, while the Continental Reserve AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Q50’s turning circle is 5.1 feet tighter than the Continental’s (36.7 feet vs. 41.8 feet). The Q50 AWD’s turning circle is 4.4 feet tighter than the Continental’s (37.4 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Infiniti Q50 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The Q50 is 11.8 inches shorter than the Continental, making the Q50 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Q50 has .9 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Continental.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Q50 offers cargo security. The Continental’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Q50 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Continental. 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 Infiniti service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 13% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

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The Q50’s power window and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Continental’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Q50 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 Continental doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

When the Q50 Sport/Red Sport 400 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 Continental’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Q50 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Q50 with a number “1” insurance rate while the Continental is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

The Q50 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Q50 will retain 36.99% to 46.1% of its original price after five years, while the Continental only retains 33.43% to 34.15%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q50 is less expensive to operate than the Continental because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Q50 than the Continental, including $235 less for a water pump, $492 less for a muffler, $43 less for front brake pads, $399 less for a timing belt/chain and $2 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Infiniti Q50 will be $11600 to $16311 less than for the Lincoln Continental.

Recommendations

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The Infiniti Q50 outsold the Lincoln Continental by almost four to one during 2019.

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