2020 Lincoln Continental vs. 2020 Kia K900

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Safety

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Both the Continental and K900 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 K900’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 K900 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Continental and the K900 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.

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 Continental its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The K900 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Continental’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the K900 runs out after 100,000 miles.

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 K900 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

Engine

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The Continental’s optional 3.0 turbo V6 produces 35 more horsepower (400 vs. 365) and 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 376) than the K900’s 3.3 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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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 K900 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Continental stops shorter than the K900:

Continental

K900

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

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 K900 (255/45R19 vs. 245/45R19).

The Continental Select/Reserve’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the K900’s 45 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Continental Select/Reserve offers optional 20-inch wheels. The K900’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 K900 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

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The Lincoln Continental may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 450 pounds less than the Kia K900.

The Continental uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The K900 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity

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The Continental has a much larger trunk than the K900 (16.7 vs. 15 cubic feet).

The Continental’s available rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The K900 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 K900 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Kia. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 40% lower rating, Kia is ranked 20th.

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 K900 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 K900 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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 K900 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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 K900.

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 K900 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 K900 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Continental is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The K900 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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The Continental will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Continental will retain 33.43% to 34.15% of its original price after five years, while the K900 only retains 27.93%.

Recommendations

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

The Lincoln Continental outsold the Kia K900 by almost seventeen to one during 2019.

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