2011 BMW
335i
vs. 2011 Lincoln
MKS

2011 Lincoln MKS

9.8

Winner

Lincoln MKS

starting from

$42,375
"Good power and fuel economy from the turbocharged V6."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKS's performance
"Has the potential to battle for the hearts and minds of luxury car buyers."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKS's external styling

Reasons to buy the Lincoln MKS

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Spacious front seats
56.4 ft3
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Spacious back seats
49.5 ft3
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Leather
Standard
2011 BMW 335i

9.6

Runner-up

BMW 335i

starting from

$42,925
"The engine puts out only 265 horsepower, but manages a whopping 425 pound-feet of torque"
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the 3 Series's engine
"The absence of the Sport package also means the car lacks paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic's manual mode, but we're fine with that, as we never liked BMW's paddle shifters. The transmission still has a sport mode, which does an excellent job of downshifting in anticipation of cornering."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the 3 Series's transmission

Reasons to buy the BMW 335i

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OK cornering
0.88 g
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Fast 0-60 time
5.2 seconds
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Tighter turning radius
36.1 ft
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • The MKS 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the MKS ; but it's not available at all on the 335i
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the MKS 's satellite radio; in the 335i, too, but it'll cost
Luxury Features 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 335i Winner: 335i
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the 335i's standard sun roof
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • The MKS 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 335i
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy more than 10% more room, 56.4 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3
  • The MKS has 2 more cupholders, 6 vs 4
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 335i Winner: 335i
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  • The 335i's Twin turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Twin turbocharger vs None
  • The 335i needs around 10% less space to turn, 36.1 ft vs 39.7 ft
  • Rear-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
Missing information
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

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MKS
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2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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Number of speakers 6 vs 10 The 335i has an OK number of speakers, while the MKS has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the MKS 's satellite radio; in the 335i, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The MKS has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the MKS ; but it's not available at all on the 335i

Luxury Features

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MKS
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335i
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the 335i's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the MKS

Practicality

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MKS
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2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 456 miles vs 451 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 18.4 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.4 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 The MKS has roomy front seats and the 335i is OK
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Optional The 335i offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the MKS
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The MKS 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 335i
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 4 The MKS has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

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MKS
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335i
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM The 335i is of average power, but the MKS is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the MKS 's semi-automatic transmission and the 335i's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The MKS comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 335i
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Air compressor None vs Twin turbocharger The 335i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.4 lb/hp vs 11.9 lb/hp The 335i has OK performance while the MKS gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs 36.1 ft The 335i can make tight turns, but the MKS takes a little more room to navigate

Cost

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MKS
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2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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MSRP $42,375 vs $42,925 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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MKS
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2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Crash Test Ratings

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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0-60 mph 7.5 seconds vs 5.2 seconds The 335i can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the MKS is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 134 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.4 s @ 90 mph vs 13.8 s @ 102 mph The 335i's 1/4 mile time is average, but the MKS 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.88 g The 335i has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average MKS
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Top speed 134 mph vs Unknown

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2011 BMW 328i 2011 Honda Accord EX-L 328i vs Accord EX-L
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2011 Lincoln MKS 2011 Cadillac CTS MKS vs CTS
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