2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2020 Lincoln MKZ

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry 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 Camry 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 Camry 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 Camry TRD/XLE/XSE offers an optional Rear Cross Traffic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The MKZ doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Camry XLE/XSE 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 Camry 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, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems 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 Camry is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

Camry

MKZ

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

28%

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

24 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

52%

Neck Stress

136 lbs.

197 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

50 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 Camry is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

Camry

MKZ

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

16 inches

HIC

164

268

Spine Acceleration

35 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, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKZ last would have qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry 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 55 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Camry has a standard 600-amp battery. The MKZ’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Lincoln is ranked 15th.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Camry 4 cyl. is faster than the Lincoln MKZ:

Camry

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ turbo 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

9.4 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19 sec

25.3 sec

21.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.9 sec

9.1 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

17.2 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

83 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

109 MPH

135 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Camry XLE V6 gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ FWD turbo 4 cyl. (22 city/33 hwy vs. 20 city/31 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Camry uses regular unleaded gasoline. The MKZ with the 3.0 turbo V6 engine requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Camry, 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 Camry’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ:

Camry

Camry TRD

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.9 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

The Camry stops much shorter than the MKZ:

Camry

MKZ

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

129 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The Camry has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The MKZ’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Camry TRD handles at .94 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKZ Premiere (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Camry L/LE’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet). The Camry SE/TRD/XLE/XSE’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the MKZ’s (38 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 750 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Camry SE is quieter than the MKZ AWD:

Camry

MKZ

At idle

41 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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The Camry has 3.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (100.4 vs. 96.6).

The Camry has .4 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom, .9 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

The front step up height for the Camry is 1 inches lower than the MKZ (15” vs. 16”). The Camry’s rear step up height is 1.5 inches lower than the MKZ’s (14.5” vs. 16”).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Camry easier. The Camry’s trunk lift-over height is 26.8 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

Ergonomics

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The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional 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 Camry’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The MKZ’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Camry has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The MKZ doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Camry’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the MKZ’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Camry (except L/TRD) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The MKZ doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Camry owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camry will cost $1265 less than the MKZ over a five-year period.

The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camry will retain 46.06% to 50.35% 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 Camry is less expensive to operate than the MKZ because typical repairs cost much less on the Camry than the MKZ, including $694 less for a muffler, $7 less for front brake pads and $318 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $13545 to $17418 less than for the Lincoln MKZ.

Recommendations

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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The MKZ isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Lincoln MKZ by over 19 to one during 2019.

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