2020 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Safety

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The rear seatbelts optional on the MKZ 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 Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The MKZ offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The MKZ has standard Park Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the MKZ Reserve in front of the vehicle. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the MKZ and the Fusion Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, 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 and driver alert monitors.

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, results indicate that the Lincoln MKZ is safer than the Ford Fusion Hybrid:

MKZ

Fusion Hybrid

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

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

Warranty

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The MKZ comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Fusion Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKZ 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Fusion Hybrid. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Fusion Hybrid ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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

The battery on the MKZ is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the MKZ’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Fusion Hybrid’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 MKZ’s reliability 38 points higher than the Fusion Hybrid.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lincoln 1 place higher in reliability than Ford.

Brakes and Stopping

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The MKZ stops much shorter than the Fusion Hybrid:

MKZ

Fusion Hybrid

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the MKZ has larger tires than the Fusion Hybrid (245/45R18 vs. 225/50R17). The MKZ’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Fusion Hybrid (245/45R18 vs. 235/45R18).

The MKZ’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Fusion Hybrid’s standard 50 series tires. The MKZ’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Fusion Hybrid Titanium’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKZ has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Fusion Hybrid. The MKZ’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Fusion Hybrid Titanium.

Suspension and Handling

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The MKZ has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Fusion Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The MKZ Premiere AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Fusion Hybrid SE (27.3 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

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

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the MKZ offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Towing

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The MKZ has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The Fusion Hybrid has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The MKZ uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Fusion Hybrid uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 54% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.

Ergonomics

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The MKZ’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Fusion Hybrid.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the MKZ has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the MKZ Reserve to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The MKZ’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Fusion Hybrid SEL/Titanium.

The MKZ has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Fusion Hybrid SEL/Titanium. The MKZ Reserve also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Fusion Hybrid.

The MKZ Reserve offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Fusion Hybrid.

The MKZ Reserve’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 Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Lincoln MKZ and the Ford Fusion Hybrid, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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