2020 Lincoln Continental vs. 2020 Genesis G80

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Both the Continental and G80 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Continental has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The G80’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The rear seatbelts optional on the Continental Reserve/Black Label inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The G80 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Compared to metal, the Continental’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Genesis G80 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Continental and the G80 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all-wheel drive, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Lincoln Continental is safer than the Genesis G80:

Continental

G80

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

21%

Leg Forces (l/r)

215/313 lbs.

268/514 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

35%

35%

Leg Forces (l/r)

3/10 lbs.

147/55 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 flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Lincoln Continental is safer than the Genesis G80:

Continental

G80

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

71 G’s

195 G’s

Hip Force

183 lbs.

197 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

515 lbs.

857 lbs.

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

Warranty

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There are almost 3 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Genesis dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Continental’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Continental has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The G80 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

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 Continental’s reliability 12 points higher than the G80.

Engine

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The Continental has more powerful engines than the G80:

Torque

Continental 2.7 turbo V6

380 lbs.-ft.

Continental 3.0 turbo V6

400 lbs.-ft.

G80 3.8 DOHC V6

293 lbs.-ft.

G80 3.3T Sport 3.3 turbo V6

376 lbs.-ft.

G80 5.0 DOHC V8

383 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Lincoln Continental turbo V6 is faster than the G80 3.8 DOHC V6:

Continental

G80

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

14.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.3 MPH

97 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Continental gets better fuel mileage than the G80:

Continental

G80

2WD

2.7 twin-turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/27 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.3 turbo V6/Auto

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

5.0 V8/Auto

AWD

2.7 twin-turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/25 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.3 turbo V6/Auto

3.0 twin-turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

16 city/24 hwy

15 city/23 hwy

5.0 V8/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Continental’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The G80 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Continental has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The G80 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Continental’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the G80:

Continental

G80

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

The Continental stops much shorter than the G80:

Continental

G80

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Continental Select/Reserve’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the G80 (255/45R19 vs. 245/40R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Continental Select/Reserve offers optional 20-inch wheels. The G80’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Continental’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The G80 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Continental Black Label AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the G80 5.0 (26.1 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Continental uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The G80 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Continental uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The G80 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Continental Reserve AWD is quieter than the G80 5.0:

Continental

G80

At idle

37 dB

39 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

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The Continental has .2 inches more front hip room and 6.3 inches more rear legroom than the G80.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Continental Reserve/Black Label’s available rear seats recline. The G80’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Continental has a much larger trunk than the G80 (16.7 vs. 15.3 cubic feet).

The Continental’s available rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G80 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Towing

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The Continental has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The G80 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the Continental the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the G80 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Continental’s exterior PIN entry system. The G80 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Connected Care can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Continental’s exterior PIN entry system. The G80 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Connected Care can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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 Continental’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the G80’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to .”

The Continental Reserve/Black Label has standard front air-conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The G80 only offers an air-conditioned driver’s seat.

The Continental (except Standard) offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the G80.

The Continental Reserve/Black Label has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The G80 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Continental Reserve/Black Label’s Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The G80 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Lincoln Continental and the Genesis G80, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Lincoln Continental outsold the Genesis G80 by 28% during the 2019 model year.

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