2012 Ford
Fusion SEL
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKZ

2012 Ford Fusion SEL

9.8

starting from

$29,555

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion SEL

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Very inexpensive
$29,555
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Spacious back seats
45.9 ft3
2012 Lincoln MKZ

9.7

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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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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More airbags
6
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CD changer
Standard
Crash Test Ratings 9.1 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Winner: Fusion SEL
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  • The Fusion SEL has 1.5x less risk of rolling over, 5 stars vs 4 stars
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
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 offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
Overall 9.7 vs 9.8

Crash Test Ratings

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The Fusion SEL is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the MKZ
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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

Cost

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
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MSRP $35,520 vs $29,555 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 18 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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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 SEL'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 SEL's is very short

Luxury Features

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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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

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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Horsepower 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,550 RPM Average power
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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 13.7 lb/hp vs 15.2 lb/hp The MKZ is a sporty car, while the Fusion SEL is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Fusion SEL's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the MKZ is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 37.5 ft

Road Tests

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 8.6 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 142 ft vs 143 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.7 s @ 93 mph vs 16.6 s @ 88 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 115 mph

Safety Features

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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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 SEL 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 SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 473 miles vs 429 miles The MKZ has OK highway range, but the Fusion SEL is very limited
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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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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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

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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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 Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the MKZ 's satellite radio; in the Fusion SEL, too, but it'll cost
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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 Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Fusion SE vs Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2011 Toyota Prius Five Fusion Hybrid vs Prius Five
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2012 Chevrolet Volt Fusion Hybrid vs Volt
2012 Ford Fusion S 2012 Ford Focus S Fusion S vs Focus S
2012 Ford Fusion SEL 2012 Ford Escape Limited Fusion SEL vs Escape Limited
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKS MKZ vs MKS
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2012 Buick LaCrosse MKZ vs LaCrosse
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKX MKZ vs MKX
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 MKZ vs CTS 3.6
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Ford Taurus SHO MKZ vs Taurus SHO

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