2011 Lexus
RX 450h
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKT

2012 Lincoln MKT

9.7

Winner

Lincoln MKT

starting from

$45,175
"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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Has 3 rows of seats
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
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Average number of passenger seats
7
2011 Lexus RX 450h

9.5

Runner-up

Lexus RX 450h

starting from

$47,200
"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 450h

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Power steering
Standard
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More airbags
7
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Is a hybrid
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Has continuously-variable transmission
Performance 8.6 vs 10.0
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • Almost the same, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • Almost the same
  • The MKT 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
Luxury Features 8.6 vs 10.0
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • Almost the same
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the MKT
Cost 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Lexus RX 450h Winner: RX 450h
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  • Gets around 80% more miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg vs 17 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Lexus RX 450h Winner: RX 450h
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  • The RX 450h has 2 more airbags (including Knee, Rear Side), 7 vs 5
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Lexus RX 450h Winner: RX 450h
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts more than 10% longer, 482 miles vs 428 miles
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the RX 450h
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.5 vs 9.7

Performance

Lexus
RX 450h
2011 Lexus RX 450h
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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Horsepower 295 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,250 RPM Average power
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The MKT has an OK number of gears, while the RX 450h has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The MKT 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The MKT comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the RX 450h
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.8 lb/hp vs 17.5 lb/hp The RX 450h is a sporty car, while the MKT is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The RX 450h has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.0 ft vs 42.5 ft The RX 450h is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the MKT is quite bad

Luxury Features

Lexus
RX 450h
2011 Lexus RX 450h
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 450h
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MKT
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MSRP $47,200 vs $45,175 The MKT has a reasonable price, while the RX 450h is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 30 mpg vs 17 mpg The RX 450h gets great city mileage, and the MKT gets OK mileage
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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

Safety Features

Lexus
RX 450h
2011 Lexus RX 450h
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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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 7 vs 5 The RX 450h has great airbag coverage, whereas 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

Practicality

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RX 450h
2011 Lexus RX 450h
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The MKT has the usual number of seats, while the RX 450h has very few
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Highway driving range 482 miles vs 428 miles The RX 450h has OK highway range, but the MKT is very limited
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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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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 Standard vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The RX 450h's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the MKT cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The RX 450h offers an optional navigation system; not available on the MKT
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The MKT has an OK number of cupholders while the RX 450h has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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RX 450h
2011 Lexus RX 450h
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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Number of speakers 9 vs 10 The MKT has more speakers and the RX 450h is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The RX 450h's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the MKT does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the RX 450h, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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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 Standard Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the RX 450h

Crash Test Ratings

Lexus
RX 450h
2011 Lexus RX 450h
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

Road Tests

Lexus
RX 450h
2011 Lexus RX 450h
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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0-60 mph 6.9 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 137 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.2 s @ 92 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs 0.75 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 112 mph vs Unknown

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