2020 Infiniti Q50 vs. 2020 Lincoln MKZ

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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 MKZ 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 MKZ doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Q50 (except Pure) offers an optional Around View® Monitor 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 Q50 and the MKZ 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 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 Infiniti Q50 is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

Q50

MKZ

Passenger

STARS

3 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

153

254

Neck Injury Risk

48%

52%

Neck Stress

145 lbs.

197 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 Infiniti Q50 is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

Q50

MKZ

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

190

268

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

46 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 MKZ’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

The Q50’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the MKZ’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 MKZ:

Horsepower

Torque

Q50 3.0t 3.0 turbo V6

300 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Q50 Red Sport 400 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

MKZ Hybrid 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid

188 HP

MKZ 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

MKZ 3.0 turbo V6

350 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Q50 3.0t is faster than the Lincoln MKZ:

Q50

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ turbo 4 cyl.

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

3.8 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

9.2 sec

7.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

5.3 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

17.1 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103 MPH

87.3 MPH

92.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Q50

MKZ

2WD

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (300 HP)/Auto

20 city/29 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

3.0 V6/Auto

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (400 HP)/Auto

20 city/26 hwy

n/a

AWD

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (300 HP)/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

3.0 V6/Auto

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (400 HP)/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

The Q50 has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (20 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q50 has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ AWD’s standard fuel tank (20 vs. 18 gallons).

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 MKZ.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Q50’s brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ:

Q50

Q50 Sport/Red Sport 400

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

14 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

13.8 inches

11.9 inches

12.4 inches

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 MKZ are solid, not vented.

The Q50 stops shorter than the MKZ:

Q50

MKZ

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

129 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

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 MKZ’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 MKZ doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Q50 Red Sport 400 handles at .88 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Q50’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (36.7 feet vs. 39 feet). The Q50 AWD’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Q50 is 4.3 inches shorter than the MKZ, making the Q50 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Q50 has 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (101.5 vs. 96.6).

The Q50 has 2.3 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

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 MKZ’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Q50 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.

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 MKZ’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 MKZ doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the Q50’s headlight performance “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 Q50’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the MKZ’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

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 MKZ’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 MKZ is rated higher at a number “5” 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 MKZ only retains 35.08% to 36.76%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q50 is less expensive to operate than the MKZ because typical repairs cost much less on the Q50 than the MKZ, including $86 less for a water pump, $462 less for a muffler, $29 less for front brake pads and $444 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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The Infiniti Q50 outsold the Lincoln MKZ by 47% during 2019.

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