2020 Toyota Prius vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

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Safety

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The Prius has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The MKZ doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Prius LE/XLE/Limited has standard Parking Support Brake 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.

Both the Prius and the MKZ 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors 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 Prius is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

Prius

MKZ

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

157

254

Neck Stress

173 lbs.

197 lbs.

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

50 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Prius the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 101 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKZ was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Prius 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 Prius’ warranty.

Reliability

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The MKZ’s redline is at 6800 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Prius has a 4000 RPM redline.

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 Prius’ reliability 68 points higher than the MKZ.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Prius FWD CVT gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ Hybrid CVT (58 city/53 hwy vs. 42 city/39 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Prius 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.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Prius higher (7 out of 10) than the Lincoln MKZ (5 to 7). This means the Prius produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the MKZ every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Prius stops shorter than the MKZ:

Prius

MKZ

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Prius Limited handles at .90 G’s, while the MKZ Premiere AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Prius Limited executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the MKZ Premiere (26.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Prius’ turning circle is 5.5 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (33.5 feet vs. 39 feet). The Prius Limited/XLE FWD’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (35.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Prius may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1000 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

The Prius is 1 foot, 1.9 inches shorter than the MKZ, making the Prius easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Prius is 5.8 inches narrower than the MKZ, making the Prius easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Prius L Eco is quieter than the MKZ AWD:

Prius

MKZ

At idle

26 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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The Prius has 1.5 inches more front headroom and .8 inches more rear headroom than the MKZ.

The front step up height for the Prius is 1.9 inches lower than the MKZ (14.1” vs. 16”). The Prius’ rear step up height is 1 inches lower than the MKZ’s (15” vs. 16”).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Prius easier. The Prius’ trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

Ergonomics

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The Prius (except L/LE) offers an available 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 Prius 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Prius has a standard rear wiper. The MKZ doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Consumer Reports rated the Prius’ headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the MKZ’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Prius owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Prius will cost $120 to $5020 less than the MKZ over a five-year period.

The Prius will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Prius will retain 44.07% to 45.12% 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 Prius is less expensive to operate than the MKZ because it costs $127 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Prius than the MKZ, including $612 less for a muffler, $13 less for front brake pads, $136 less for front struts and $162 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Prius will be $14673 to $21739 less than for the Lincoln MKZ.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Prius as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln MKZ isn't recommended.

The Toyota Prius outsold the Lincoln MKZ by almost four to one during the 2019 model year.

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