2020 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2020 Hyundai Ioniq 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 Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

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

Both the MKZ and the Ioniq Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available front parking sensors.

The Lincoln MKZ weighs 637 to 1313 pounds more than the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

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 Ioniq Hybrid 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 Ioniq Hybrid:

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.

Ioniq Hybrid 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder

139 HP

195 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is faster than the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid:

MKZ

Ioniq

Zero to 60 MPH

9.2 sec

9.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.3 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.3 MPH

81 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ioniq Hybrid (14 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

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 Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the MKZ’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Ioniq Hybrid:

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Ioniq Hybrid

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

12.4 inches

10.3 inches

The MKZ stops much shorter than the Ioniq Hybrid:

MKZ

Ioniq Hybrid

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the MKZ has larger tires than the Ioniq Hybrid (245/45R18 vs. 195/65R15). The MKZ’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ioniq Hybrid (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R17).

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 Ioniq Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires. The MKZ’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Ioniq Hybrid Limited’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKZ has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Ioniq Hybrid. The MKZ’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the Ioniq Hybrid Limited.

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 Ioniq Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the MKZ’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Ioniq Hybrid (112.2 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the MKZ is 1 inch wider in the front and .2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Ioniq Hybrid.

The MKZ Premiere AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Ioniq Hybrid SEL pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The MKZ Premiere AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Ioniq Hybrid SEL (27.3 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

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 Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The MKZ has 2.1 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, .9 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ioniq Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the MKZ. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The MKZ has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The Ioniq 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 Ioniq 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 Hyundai. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 47% lower rating, Hyundai is ranked 22nd.

Ergonomics

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The MKZ has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The MKZ’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Ioniq Hybrid’s parking brake has to released manually.

The MKZ’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Ioniq Hybrid’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Ioniq Hybrid Limited’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

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 Ioniq Hybrid 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 Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Blue Link 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 Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Blue Link 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 Ioniq Hybrid’s 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 Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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

The MKZ has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Ioniq Hybrid offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The MKZ has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Ioniq Hybrid SEL/Limited. 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 Ioniq Hybrid.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the MKZ Reserve keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the MKZ Reserve’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Ioniq Hybrid.

Both the MKZ and the Ioniq Hybrid 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 Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Ioniq Hybrid 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 Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln MKZ, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid isn't recommended.

The Lincoln MKZ outsold the Hyundai Ioniq by 5% during the 2019 model year.

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