2011 Lincoln
MKS
vs. 2011 Toyota
Avalon

2011 Lincoln MKS

9.8

Winner

Lincoln MKS

starting from

$42,375
"Good power and fuel economy from the turbocharged V6."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKS's performance
"Has the potential to battle for the hearts and minds of luxury car buyers."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKS's external styling

Reasons to buy the Lincoln MKS

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Entertainment system
Optional
2011 Toyota Avalon

9.6

Runner-up

Toyota Avalon

starting from

$33,355

Reasons to buy the Toyota Avalon

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Average highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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More airbags
6
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Good range on the highway
537 miles
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Folding rear seats
Standard
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • The MKS 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the MKS ; but it's not available at all on the Avalon
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the MKS 's satellite radio; in the Avalon , too, but it'll cost
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Avalon Winner: Avalon
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Avalon 's standard sun roof
Performance 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • The MKS comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Avalon
  • The MKS 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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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
Safety Features 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Avalon Winner: Avalon
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  • The Avalon has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Practicality 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have spacious front seats
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Road Tests 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 6 vs 9 The Avalon has more speakers, but the MKS has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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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 MKS 's satellite radio; in the Avalon , too, but it'll cost
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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 Yes vs No The MKS has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the MKS ; but it's not available at all on the Avalon

Luxury Features

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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Avalon '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 Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Performance

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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,200 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 Automatic transmission The MKS 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The MKS comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Avalon
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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 15.4 lb/hp vs 13.3 lb/hp The Avalon is a sporty car, while the MKS is just average
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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 39.7 ft vs 36.9 ft The Avalon is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the MKS is quite bad

Cost

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MSRP $42,375 vs $33,355 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 20 mpg The Avalon has OK city mileage, while the MKS is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The MKS 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Avalon 's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The MKS 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Avalon 's is very short

Safety Features

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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 5 vs 6 The Avalon has a good number of airbags, but the MKS is just OK (missing Knee)
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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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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 456 miles vs 537 miles The Avalon has good highway range and the MKS is reasonable
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Cargo space 18.4 ft3 vs 14.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.4 ft3 vs 55.2 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Avalon 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the MKS
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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 6 vs 4 The MKS has a good number of cupholders, but the Avalon is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 7.5 seconds vs 7.1 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 141 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.4 s @ 90 mph vs 15.5 s @ 95 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.76 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 134 mph vs 135 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Crash Test Ratings

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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 Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

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