2012 Buick
LaCrosse
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKZ

2012 Buick LaCrosse

10.0

starting from

$34,930

Reasons to buy the Buick LaCrosse

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Good braking distance from 60mph
114 ft
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Safer for the front passenger in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Less safe for passengers in the rear in side collisions
4 stars
2012 Lincoln MKZ

10.0

starting from

$37,410
"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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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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More airbags
6
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Entertainment system
Optional
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Navigation system
Optional
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Longer basic warranty
  • Longer-lasting basic warranty
  • Very inefficient in the city
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Performance - vs -
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  • Both have good drivetrains for driving off-road or in poor weather
  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
Overall 10.0 vs 10.0

Cost

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MKZ
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MSRP $37,410 vs $34,930 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 16 mpg Very inefficient 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

Crash Test Ratings

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MKZ
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The MKZ is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the LaCrosse
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the MKZ
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Luxury Features

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MKZ
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LaCrosse
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a 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

Performance

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MKZ
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LaCrosse
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Horsepower 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 303 HP @ 6,800 RPM The LaCrosse is fairly powerful, but the MKZ 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 Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 14.4 lb/hp vs Unknown
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have good drivetrains for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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MKZ
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LaCrosse
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The MKZ has a good number of airbags, but the LaCrosse 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 None vs OnStar

Practicality

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
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LaCrosse
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 420 miles vs 494 miles The LaCrosse has OK highway range, but the MKZ is very limited
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Cargo space 16.5 ft3 vs 13.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.0 ft3 vs 52.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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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 Optional vs Not Available The MKZ offers an optional navigation system; not available on the LaCrosse
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Cupholders 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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MKZ
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LaCrosse
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Number of speakers 9 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the MKZ 's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the MKZ ; but it's not available at all on the LaCrosse

Road Tests

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MKZ
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LaCrosse
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 6.6 seconds The LaCrosse has a good 0-60 time, but the MKZ is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 142 ft vs 114 ft The LaCrosse has above average braking ability, but the MKZ is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.7 s @ 93 mph vs 15.1 s @ 94 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.79 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs 133 mph

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2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Lincoln MKS LaCrosse vs MKS
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ LaCrosse vs Malibu LTZ
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Toyota Camry LaCrosse vs Camry
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKS MKZ vs MKS
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKX MKZ vs MKX
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2012 Ford Fusion SEL MKZ vs Fusion SEL
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 MKZ vs CTS 3.6
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Lincoln Town Car Signature Limited MKZ vs Town Car Signature Limited

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