2011 BMW
550i
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKZ

2011 BMW 550i

9.8

Winner

BMW 550i

starting from

$61,075
"The 5′s interior was about as you’d expect from a BMW – meaning not one material was short of top notch and each seat was a pleasant place in which to spend some time."
leftlanenews.com | talking about the 5 Series's interior quality
"Undeniably modern, it nonetheless took us back to the E39-era 5-Series (think 1996 through 2003), a crisp but sleek interpretation of a four-door BMW."
leftlanenews.com | talking about the 5 Series's external styling

Reasons to buy the BMW 550i

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Rear air conditioning
Optional
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Good braking distance from 60mph
116 ft
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Fast 0-60 time
4.8 seconds
2012 Lincoln MKZ

9.6

Runner-up

Lincoln MKZ

starting from

$35,520
"There are no complaints about the power."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKZ's engine
"Smart electronics integration."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKZ's controls

Reasons to buy the Lincoln MKZ

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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
18 mpg
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Average range on the highway
473 miles
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More airbags
6
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 BMW 550i Winner: 550i
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the 550i's standard sun roof
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 BMW 550i Winner: 550i
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  • The 550i has 1.5x less risk of rolling over, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • Gets 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 15 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $25,555 cheaper (more than 40% less), $35,520 vs $61,075
Safety Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • The MKZ has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 BMW 550i Winner: 550i
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  • The 550i has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 9
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither offers paddle shifters
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • A standard folding rear seat on the MKZ is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the 550i
  • Both have power outlets
  • People mover
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

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550i
2011 BMW 550i
2012 Lincoln MKZ Lincoln
MKZ
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the 550i'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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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550i
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2012 Lincoln MKZ Lincoln
MKZ
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the MKZ
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Cost

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550i
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MSRP $61,075 vs $35,520 The MKZ has a great price and the 550i is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 18 mpg The MKZ has OK city mileage, while the 550i is very inefficient
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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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550i
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MKZ
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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 6 The MKZ has a good number of airbags, but the 550i is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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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 BMW Assist vs None

Entertainment System

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550i
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2012 Lincoln MKZ Lincoln
MKZ
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Number of speakers 12 vs 9 The 550i has more speakers and the MKZ is OK, too
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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 Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the MKZ 's satellite radio; in the 550i, 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 No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Performance

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550i
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Horsepower 400 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM The 550i is fairly powerful, but the MKZ is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the MKZ 's semi-automatic transmission and the 550i's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None The 550i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 10.9 lb/hp vs 13.7 lb/hp The 550i is a sporty car, while the MKZ is just average
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

BMW
550i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 407 miles vs 473 miles The MKZ has OK highway range, but the 550i is very limited
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Cargo space Unknown vs 16.5 ft3
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front seats Unknown vs 54.0 ft3
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folding rear seats Optional vs Standard A standard folding rear seat on the MKZ is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the 550i
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The 550i's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the MKZ
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The MKZ has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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550i
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0-60 mph 4.8 seconds vs 7.3 seconds The 550i can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the MKZ is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 116 ft vs 142 ft The 550i has above average braking ability, but the MKZ is quite bad
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1/4 mile 13.3 s @ 106 mph vs 15.7 s @ 93 mph The 550i's 1/4 mile time is good, but the MKZ 's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.86 g vs 0.76 g The 550i has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average MKZ
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Top speed 155 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 BMW 550i 2012 BMW 750i 550i vs 750i
2011 BMW 535i 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec 535i vs Genesis 5.0 R-Spec
2011 BMW 550i 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 550i vs CLS550
2011 BMW 550i 2012 Ford Mustang GT 550i vs Mustang GT
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2012 Ford Fusion SEL MKZ vs Fusion SEL
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKS MKZ vs MKS
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 MKZ vs CTS 3.6
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2012 Buick LaCrosse MKZ vs LaCrosse
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport MKZ vs C300 Sport

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