2020 Lincoln Continental vs. 2020 Maserati Ghibli

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Safety

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

The Continental Select/Reserve’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Continental has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Continental and the Ghibli 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, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and around view 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 Ghibli has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Continental 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Maserati covers the Ghibli. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Ghibli ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Continental’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Ghibli’s (5/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are almost 7 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Maserati 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 Ghibli 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 47 points higher than the Ghibli.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Continental

Ghibli

2WD

2.7 twin-turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/27 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.0 twin-turbo V6/Auto

n/a

17 city/24 hwy

3.0 twin-turbo V6/Auto

AWD

2.7 twin-turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/25 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.0 twin-turbo V6/Auto

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Lincoln Continental higher (3 to 5 out of 10) than the Maserati Ghibli (1). This means the Continental produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Ghibli every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Continental

Ghibli

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

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 Ghibli (255/45R19 vs. 245/40R20).

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 Ghibli 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 Ghibli doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Continental Reserve AWD is quieter than the Ghibli S Q4:

Continental

Ghibli

At idle

37 dB

56 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

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The Continental has .5 inches more front headroom, 6.7 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room and 8.1 inches more rear legroom than the Ghibli.

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

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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The Continental Reserve/Black Label 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 Ghibli doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Ghibli can only close 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 Ghibli 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 Ghibli doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Continental has standard extendable sun visors. The Ghibli doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the Continental Reserve/Black Label and manual rear side window sunshades are optional to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Ghibli doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

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 Ghibli doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

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 Ghibli.

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 Ghibli 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 Ghibli doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln Continental, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Maserati Ghibli isn't recommended.

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