2011 BMW
335i
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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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 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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Good cornering ability
0.88 g
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Average highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Average-sized back seats
41.4 ft3
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Tighter turning radius
36.1 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.9
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • The MKT 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 335i
  • 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 335i
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the MKT
Performance 10.0 vs 9.7
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • The MKT comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 335i
  • The MKT 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Longer basic warranty
  • Longer-lasting basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • The 335i's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the MKT is pretty good, too
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Practicality

Lincoln
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The MKT has lots of passenger seats and the 335i is OK, too
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Highway driving range 391 miles vs 451 miles The 335i has OK highway range, but the MKT is very limited
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Cargo space 75.9 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 The MKT has OK cargo room, while the 335i 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 335i 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 335i
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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 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 MKT has a good number of cupholders, but the 335i 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 335i BMW
335i
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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 335i

Luxury Features

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MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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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 MKT

Performance

Lincoln
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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Horsepower 355 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM The MKT is fairly powerful, but the 335i 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 335i
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Twin turbocharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 14.1 lb/hp vs 11.9 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-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 335i can make tight turns, and the MKT is comparable to most other vehicles

Cost

Lincoln
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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MSRP $47,170 vs $42,925 The 335i has a reasonable price, while the MKT is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 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 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 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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MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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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 335i BMW
335i
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0-60 mph 6.4 seconds vs 5.2 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 13.8 s @ 102 mph The 335i's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the MKT is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.88 g The 335i 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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2011 BMW 328i 2011 Toyota Camry XLE 328i vs Camry XLE
2011 BMW 335i 2011 Nissan 370Z 335i vs 370Z
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Nissan Maxima SV 328i vs Maxima SV
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Kia Optima EX 328i vs Optima EX
2012 Lincoln MKT 2011 Lincoln MKX MKT vs MKX
2012 Lincoln MKT 2011 Ford Explorer Limited MKT vs Explorer Limited
2012 Lincoln MKT 2012 Ford Flex Titanium MKT vs Flex Titanium
2012 Lincoln MKT 2011 Buick Enclave CXL MKT vs Enclave CXL
2012 Lincoln MKT 2011 Acura MDX MKT vs MDX

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