2020 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Avalon have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Lincoln MKZ doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Avalon has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The MKZ doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Avalon has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The MKZ doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Avalon Limited/Touring offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The MKZ doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Avalon Limited/Touring offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKZ only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Avalon and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

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

Avalon

MKZ

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

25%

52%

Neck Stress

180 lbs.

197 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 Toyota Avalon is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

Avalon

MKZ

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

16 inches

HIC

267

268

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

46 G’s

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

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 Avalon its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKZ was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Avalon for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the MKZ.

There are over 45 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Avalon’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Avalon has a standard 582-amp battery. The MKZ’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 Avalon’s reliability 71 points higher than the MKZ.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Avalon second among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The MKZ isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Lincoln is ranked 20th.

Engine

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The Avalon has more powerful engines than the MKZ:

Horsepower

Torque

Avalon 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

MKZ Hybrid 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

188 HP

MKZ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Avalon is faster than the Lincoln MKZ:

Avalon

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ turbo 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

9.4 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.3 sec

25.3 sec

21.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.7 sec

9.1 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

17.2 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

83 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

109 MPH

135 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Avalon

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/31 hwy

XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/32 hwy

MKZ

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/31 hwy

3.0 Turbo V6

18 city/27 hwy

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Avalon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKZ.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Avalon TRD’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ:

Avalon TRD

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the MKZ.

The Avalon Touring handles at .85 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Avalon Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKZ Premiere (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Avalon XLE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (37.7 feet vs. 39 feet). The Avalon Limited/Touring’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (38.7 feet vs. 39 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Avalon has 7.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (104.3 vs. 96.6).

The Avalon has .7 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom, 1 inch more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

Cargo Capacity

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The Avalon has a larger trunk than the MKZ (16.1 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Avalon Limited/Touring 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 MKZ doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Avalon’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the MKZ’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

When the Avalon Limited/Touring is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The MKZ’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Avalon owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Avalon will cost $720 to $4985 less than the MKZ over a five-year period.

The Avalon will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Avalon will retain 42.3% to 43.91% of its original price after five years, while the MKZ only retains 35.08% to 36.76%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Avalon is less expensive to operate than the MKZ because typical repairs cost much less on the Avalon than the MKZ, including $697 less for a muffler, $6 less for a fuel pump and $821 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon will be $3343 to $11627 less than for the Lincoln MKZ.

Recommendations

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

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Lincoln MKZ by 69% during 2018.

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