2020 Toyota Sienna vs. 2019 Lincoln MKT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Sienna Limited Premium FWD’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The MKT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Sienna are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Lincoln MKT doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

The Sienna 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 MKT doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Sienna has standard Pre-Collision System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKT offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Toyota Sienna has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The MKT doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Sienna Limited Premium has a standard Bird’s Eye View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKT 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 Sienna and the MKT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Sienna is 1.2% to 2.5% less likely to roll over than the MKT.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sienna its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 162 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKT has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2015 “Top Pick Plus.”

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sienna 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 MKT.

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

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sienna third among minivans in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The MKT 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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Sienna AWD gets better fuel mileage than the MKT (18 city/24 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Sienna uses regular unleaded gasoline. The MKT requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Sienna has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKT (20 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Sienna higher (5 out of 10) than the Lincoln MKT (3). This means the Sienna produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the MKT every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Sienna can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The MKT doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sienna’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the MKT (119.3 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sienna is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the MKT.

For better maneuverability, the Sienna AWD’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the MKT AWD’s (37.4 feet vs. 41.5 feet). The Sienna’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the MKT AWD’s (37.5 feet vs. 41.5 feet).

Chassis

The Toyota Sienna may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 500 pounds less than the Lincoln MKT.

The Sienna SE is 7.3 inches shorter than the MKT, making the Sienna easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Sienna offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the MKT can only carry 7.

The Sienna has 22.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKT (164.4 vs. 142.3).

The Sienna has .9 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front hip room, 6.4 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 10.2 inches more rear hip room, 6.5 inches more rear shoulder room, 4.8 inches more third row headroom, 3.3 inches more third row legroom, 9.7 inches more third row hip room and 12 inches more third row shoulder room than the MKT.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sienna’s middle and third row seats recline. The MKT’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Sienna’s cargo area provides more volume than the MKT.

Sienna

MKT

Behind Third Seat

39.1 cubic feet

17.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

n/a

39.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

87.1 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

117.8 cubic feet

75.9 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

150 cubic feet

75.9 cubic feet

Towing

The Sienna’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the MKT’s (3500 vs. 2000 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Sienna 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 MKT doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the Sienna’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the MKT’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

When the Sienna Limited 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 MKT’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Model Availability

The Sienna is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The MKT doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Sienna owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sienna will cost $140 to $1740 less than the MKT over a five-year period.

The Sienna will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Sienna will retain 45.34% to 51.03% of its original price after five years, while the MKT only retains 35.6% to 42.64%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Sienna will be $4157 to $15396 less than for the Lincoln MKT.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Sienna, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Sienna outsold the Lincoln MKT by almost 38 to one during 2018.

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