2012 Ford
Fusion SE
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKZ

2012 Lincoln MKZ

10.0

Winner

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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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Sporty performance
13.7 lb/hp
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More airbags
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2012 Ford Fusion SE

9.8

Runner-up

Ford Fusion SE

starting from

$23,625

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion SE

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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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OK braking distance from 60mph
127 ft
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Average city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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Mediocre cornering
0.79 g
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the MKZ
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash
  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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 9.8

Luxury Features

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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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 Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the MKZ

Cost

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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MSRP $35,520 vs $23,625 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 23 mpg The Fusion SE has OK city mileage, while the MKZ is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The MKZ 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Fusion SE's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The MKZ 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Fusion SE's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor 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 Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Performance

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Horsepower 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM The MKZ is of average power, but the Fusion SE is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The MKZ 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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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 13.7 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp The MKZ is a sporty car, but the Fusion SE is sluggish
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Drivetrain type front-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 37.5 ft

Safety Features

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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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 Fusion SE 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 None

Practicality

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 472 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 16.5 ft3 vs 16.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.0 ft3 vs 54.4 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 Fusion SE
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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
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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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 Fusion SE

Road Tests

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 8.9 seconds The MKZ 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fusion SE is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 142 ft vs 127 ft The Fusion SE's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the MKZ is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.7 s s @ 93.0 mph mph vs 16.7 s s @ 85.0 mph 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 115 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Fusion SE vs Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Fusion SE vs Jetta TDI
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Chrysler 300 300C Fusion SE vs 300 300C
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Toyota Corolla Fusion SE vs Corolla
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKS MKZ vs MKS
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKX MKZ vs MKX
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG MKZ vs C63 AMG
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2012 Buick LaCrosse MKZ vs LaCrosse
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG MKZ vs E63 AMG

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