2011 BMW
328i
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKT

2012 Lincoln MKT

10.0

Winner

Lincoln MKT

starting from

$45,175
"MKT brings to the party a confident driving demeanor."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKT's handling
"Quiet interior."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKT's noise

Reasons to buy the Lincoln MKT

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Has 3 rows of seats
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Power outlets
Standard
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
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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Power steering
Standard
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Good cornering ability
0.88 g
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Average-sized back seats
41.4 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • Almost the same
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the MKT 's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.3
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • Room for around 6.5x more stuff, 75.9 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • Almost the same
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • Almost the same
  • The MKT 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • Around 20% more powerful, 268 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • The best price we've seen is $7,700 cheaper (around 20% less), $37,475 vs $45,175
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 - vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

Lincoln
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the MKT 's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the MKT '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

Practicality

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MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The MKT has lots of passenger seats and the 328i is OK, too
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Highway driving range 428 miles vs 403 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 75.9 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 The MKT has OK cargo room, while the 328i has very little
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front seats 56.2 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 The MKT has average-sized front seats, while the 328i is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Optional A standard folding rear seat on the MKT is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the 328i
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The MKT '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 Not Available vs Optional The 328i offers an optional navigation system; not available on the MKT
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Cupholders 6 vs 4 The MKT has a good number of cupholders, but the 328i is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Lincoln
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 More speakers
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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 Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the 328i, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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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 No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the MKT ; no amount of money can buy it on the 328i

Performance

Lincoln
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM Average power
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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 The MKT 's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The MKT 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 for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.5 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The 328i has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 42.5 ft vs 36.1 ft The 328i can make tight turns, and the MKT is comparable to most other vehicles

Cost

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MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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MSRP $45,175 vs $37,475 Both are priced reasonably
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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 Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Lincoln
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
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
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Rollover resistance Unknown 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
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 6.3 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 134 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 16.0 s s @ 91.0 mph mph
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.88 g The 328i has good cornering abilities, but the MKT is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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