2011 Lexus
RX 350
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKT

2012 Lincoln MKT

9.8

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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Quite powerful
355 HP @ 5,700 RPM
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Has 3 rows of seats
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More passenger seats
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2011 Lexus RX 350

9.2

Runner-up

Lexus RX 350

starting from

$39,950
"User-friendly multifunction controller."
edmunds.com | talking about the RX's controls
"Energetic acceleration."
edmunds.com | talking about the RX's performance

Reasons to buy the Lexus RX 350

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Good highway fuel efficiency
25 mpg
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More airbags
7
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Average-sized back seats
46.6 ft3
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Average range on the highway
480 miles
Luxury Features 8.6 vs 10.0
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the MKT 's standard sun roof
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the MKT
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Lexus RX 350 Winner: RX 350
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  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 16 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $7,220 cheaper (around 20% less), $39,950 vs $47,170
Practicality - vs -
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Safety Features - vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
  • Both provide sporty handling
  • More gears
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the RX 350
  • Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • The MKT 's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the RX 350 is pretty good, too
  • The MKT has lightning fast acceleration, and the RX 350 isn't bad, either
Overall 9.2 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

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RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the MKT '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 Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the MKT

Cost

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RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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MSRP $39,950 vs $47,170 The RX 350 has a reasonable price, while the MKT is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 16 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

Practicality

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RX 350
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MKT
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The MKT has lots of passenger seats, but the RX 350 has very few
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Cargo space 80.3 ft3 vs 75.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.6 ft3 vs 56.2 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 825 lb vs Unknown
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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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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs 6
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
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MKT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 7 vs 5 The RX 350 has a good number of airbags, but the MKT is just OK (missing Knee, 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

Crash Test Ratings

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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Horsepower 275 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 355 HP @ 5,700 RPM The MKT is fairly powerful, but the RX 350 is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Standard
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The MKT 's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.2 lb/hp vs 14.1 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The MKT has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.0 ft vs 41.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
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MKT
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 10
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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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 Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Optional vs Standard Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the RX 350

Road Tests

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 6.4 seconds The MKT has lightning fast acceleration, and the RX 350 isn't bad, either
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 137 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.7 s @ 90 mph vs 14.8 s @ 97 mph The MKT 's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the RX 350 is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs 0.75 g The MKT has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average RX 350
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Top speed 112 mph vs Unknown

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