2020 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2020 Ford Fusion

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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 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

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 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the MKZ and the Fusion 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, driver alert monitors and available all wheel drive.

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

MKZ

Fusion

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

234

Neck Injury Risk

28%

32%

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

234 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

26 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

167/333 lbs.

232/354 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

3 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

254

400

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

52%

65%

Neck Stress

197 lbs.

230 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

14/11 lbs.

15/17 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Lincoln MKZ is safer than the Ford Fusion:

MKZ

Fusion

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

16 inches

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’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. 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 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 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’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.

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.

Engine

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The MKZ has more powerful engines than the Fusion:

Horsepower

Torque

MKZ Hybrid 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder

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.

MKZ AWD 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

Fusion S 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

175 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Fusion SE/SEL 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder

181 HP

185 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Titanium 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln MKZ 2.0 turbo is faster than the Fusion SE/SEL 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder:

MKZ

Fusion

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

9.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.2 MPH

84.5 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the MKZ 2.0T/3.0T’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Fusion:

MKZ

Fusion

Front Rotors

12.4 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.9 inches

The MKZ stops shorter than the Fusion:

MKZ

Fusion

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

130 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the MKZ has larger tires than the Fusion (245/45R18 vs. 215/60R16). The MKZ’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Fusion (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R17).

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 S’ standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKZ has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Fusion S.

The MKZ (except Hybrid) has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Fusion; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

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’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

Chassis

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

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 doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Towing

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The MKZ 3.0 Turbo/Hybrid (except 2.0 Turbo) can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the MKZ can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Fusion can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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The MKZ uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Fusion 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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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 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 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The MKZ’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Fusion and aren’t offered on the Fusion S.

The MKZ has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Fusion, and aren’t available on the Fusion S. 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.

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.

The MKZ has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Fusion.

Both the MKZ and the Fusion offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the MKZ has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Fusion doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the MKZ is less expensive to operate than the Fusion because typical repairs cost less on the MKZ than the Fusion, including $67 less for front brake pads.

Recommendations

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

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