2020 Kia Stinger vs. 2020 Lincoln MKZ

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Safety

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The Stinger has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The MKZ doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Stinger GT2 has a standard Surround 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 Stinger and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and driver alert monitors.

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, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Stinger its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKZ was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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The Stinger 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.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Stinger 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.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Stinger third among compact premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The MKZ isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 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 Kia vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 6 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

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The Stinger has more powerful engines than the MKZ:

Horsepower

Torque

Stinger GT-Line 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

255 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Stinger GT 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

MKZ Hybrid 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid

188 HP

n/a

MKZ 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

MKZ 3.0 turbo V6

350 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Kia Stinger is faster than the Lincoln MKZ:

Stinger GT-Line

Stinger GT

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ turbo 4-cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

4.4 sec

9.4 sec

7.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.4 sec

5 sec

9.1 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

12.9 sec

17.2 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

111 MPH

83 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

167 MPH

109 MPH

135 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Stinger GT-Line AWD gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ AWD 2.0 Turbo (21 city/29 hwy vs. 20 city/29 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, the Stinger’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lincoln only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the MKZ Hybrid.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Stinger uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The MKZ with the 3.0 turbo V6 engine requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Stinger has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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

The Stinger GT/GT1/GT2’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s at 2250 in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The MKZ doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Stinger GT-Line

Stinger GT

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

11.9 inches

12.4 inches

The Stinger GT’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 Stinger stops much shorter than the MKZ:

Stinger

MKZ

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Stinger GT’s 255/35R19 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.

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stinger’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the MKZ (114.4 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Stinger is .5 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the MKZ.

The Stinger GT2 handles at .93 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stinger GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the MKZ Premiere (24.8 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Stinger’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (36.7 feet vs. 39 feet). The Stinger AWD’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Stinger is 3.7 inches shorter than the MKZ, making the Stinger easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

Stinger

MKZ

At idle

39 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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The Stinger has .4 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more rear headroom and 2.3 inches more rear hip room than the MKZ.

Cargo Capacity

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The Stinger has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the MKZ (23.3 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Stinger easier. The Stinger’s trunk lift-over height is 27.5 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Stinger’s trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The MKZ doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Stinger 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.

Ergonomics

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The Stinger GT2 has a standard 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 Stinger’s power window, power lock, power mirror 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 Stinger 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 Stinger’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the MKZ’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

When the Stinger GT1/GT2 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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Stinger has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The MKZ doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Stinger third among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The MKZ isn’t in the top three.

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