2020 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2020 Genesis G70

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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 G70 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the MKZ and the G70 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, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and front parking sensors.

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 MKZ’s warranty.

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 G70 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 MKZ has more powerful engines than the G70:

Horsepower

Torque

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.

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

252 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

255 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 3.3T 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln MKZ 2.0 turbo is faster than the G70 2.0T (automatics tested):

MKZ

G70

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.2 MPH

91 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the MKZ gets better fuel mileage than the G70:

MPG

MKZ

FWD

2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

42 city/39 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

18 city/27 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

17 city/26 hwy

G70

RWD

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/26 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the MKZ Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The G70 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The MKZ AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the G70 (18 vs. 15.8 gallons).

The MKZ 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 G70 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Lincoln MKZ higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Genesis G70 (3). This means the MKZ produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G70 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The MKZ Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The G70 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The MKZ has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The G70 doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The MKZ stops much shorter than the G70:

MKZ

G70

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the MKZ has larger tires than the G70 (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The MKZ’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the G70 (245/45R18 vs. 225/40R19).

Suspension and Handling

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The MKZ’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 G70 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

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 G70 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The MKZ uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The G70 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the MKZ AWD is quieter than the G70 (75 vs. 77 dB).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the MKZ a Mid-size car, while the G70 is rated a Compact.

The MKZ has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the G70 (96.6 vs. 93.8).

The MKZ has 1.7 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the G70.

Cargo Capacity

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The MKZ has a much larger trunk than the G70 (15.4 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

Towing

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The MKZ has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The G70 has no towing capacity.

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 G70 can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the MKZ 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 G70 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 MKZ’s exterior PIN entry system. The G70 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 MKZ’s exterior PIN entry system. The G70 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 MKZ’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The G70’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the MKZ Reserve to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The G70 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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 G70.

The MKZ offers an optional 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 G70 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 G70 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lincoln MKZ will be $266 to $3242 less than for the Genesis G70.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Lincoln MKZ and the Genesis G70, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Lincoln MKZ outsold the Genesis G70 by over two to one during the 2019 model year.

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