2011 BMW
328i
vs. 2011 Lincoln
MKS

2011 Lincoln MKS

10.0

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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Average range in the city
323 miles
2011 BMW 328i

9.4

Runner-up

BMW 328i

starting from

$37,475
"Delivers a lot of style and performance at the entry level luxury price point of $36,575 for the model we tested."
bullz-eye.com | talking about the 3 Series's value
"The manual 6-speed combined with a 3.0-liter 230 horsepower, DOHC inline 24-valve 6-cylinder engine produced both power and efficiency"
bullz-eye.com | talking about the 3 Series's transmission

Reasons to buy the BMW 328i

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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OK cornering
0.88 g
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Tighter turning radius
36.1 ft
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Average 0-60 time
6.3 seconds
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 328i
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the MKS 's satellite radio; in the 328i, too, but it'll cost
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • The MKS 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 328i
  • 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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the MKS 's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • The MKS 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The MKS comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 328i
  • Around 20% more powerful, 270 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Cost 10.0 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 have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 10.0 vs 9.4

Entertainment System

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Number of speakers 6 vs 10 The 328i 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 328i, 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 328i

Practicality

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 456 miles vs 403 miles The MKS has OK highway range, but the 328i is very limited
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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 328i is OK
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Optional The 328i 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 328i
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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

Luxury Features

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the MKS 's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Performance

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM 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 328i'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 328i
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.4 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp Both MKS and 328i are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The 328i will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the MKS
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs 36.1 ft The 328i can make tight turns, but the MKS takes a little more room to navigate

Cost

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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MSRP $42,375 vs $37,475 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 17 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

Lincoln
MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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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

Lincoln
MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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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

Lincoln
MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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0-60 mph 7.5 seconds vs 6.3 seconds The 328i's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the MKS is sluggish
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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 16.0 s @ 91 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.88 g The 328i has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average MKS
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Top speed 134 mph vs Unknown

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