2011 BMW
328i
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKT

2012 Lincoln MKT

10.0

Winner

Lincoln MKT

starting from

$47,170
"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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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Power outlets
Standard
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Paddle shifters
Standard
2011 BMW 328i

9.3

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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Good cornering ability
0.88 g
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Average-sized back seats
41.4 ft3
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Average highway fuel efficiency
25 mpg
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Tighter turning radius
36.1 ft
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the MKT 's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the MKT 's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.8
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • The MKT 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 328i
  • 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 9.2
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • 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 10.0 vs 9.2
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • The MKT comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 328i
  • The MKT 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The MKT 's Turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Turbocharger vs None
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • The best price we've seen is $9,695 cheaper (more than 20% less), $37,475 vs $47,170
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 16 mpg
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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  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Overall 10.0 vs 9.3

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

Lincoln
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 391 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 Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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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

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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 Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include 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 355 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM The MKT is fairly powerful, but the 328i is not far behind
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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 Turbocharger vs None The MKT 's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 14.1 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp The MKT is a sporty car, while the 328i is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 41.5 ft vs 36.1 ft The 328i can make tight turns, and the MKT is comparable to most other vehicles

Cost

Lincoln
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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MSRP $47,170 vs $37,475 The 328i has a reasonable price, while the MKT is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 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 6.4 seconds vs 6.3 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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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 14.8 s @ 97 mph vs 16.0 s @ 91 mph The MKT 's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the 328i's is just OK
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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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