2011 Lincoln
MKS
vs. 2011 Toyota
Avalon Limited

2011 Toyota Avalon Limited

9.8

starting from

$36,595

Reasons to buy the Toyota Avalon Limited

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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
536 miles
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Folding rear seats
Standard
2011 Lincoln MKS

9.8

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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Winner: Avalon Limited
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  • Almost the same
Performance 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • Almost the same
  • The MKS 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
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 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Winner: Avalon Limited
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  • The Avalon Limited has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Both have spacious front seats
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • The {better} has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
  • Both come standard with satellite radio
  • Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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 -
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 9.8 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Avalon Limited'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

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 270 HP @ 6,250 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The MKS 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The MKS comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Avalon Limited
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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 13.5 lb/hp vs 15.4 lb/hp The Avalon Limited 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 36.9 ft vs 39.7 ft The Avalon Limited is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the MKS is quite bad

Cost

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
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MSRP $36,595 vs $42,375 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 17 mpg The Avalon Limited has OK city mileage, while the MKS is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The MKS 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Avalon Limited's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The MKS 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Avalon Limited's is very short

Safety Features

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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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 6 vs 5 The Avalon Limited 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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Avalon Limited
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MKS
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 536 miles vs 456 miles The Avalon Limited has good highway range and the MKS is reasonable
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Cargo space 14.4 ft3 vs 18.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.2 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Avalon Limited'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 4 vs 6 The MKS has a good number of cupholders, but the Avalon Limited is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Avalon Limited
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2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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Number of speakers 12 vs 6 The Avalon Limited has an extraordinary amount of 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 Standard Both come standard with 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 Yes vs Yes The {better} has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the MKS ; but it's not available at all on the Avalon Limited

Road Tests

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 7.5 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 141 ft vs 139 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.5 s s @ 95.0 mph mph vs 15.4 s s @ 90.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.75 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 135 mph vs 134 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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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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2011 Lincoln MKS 2011 BMW 328i MKS vs 328i
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2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec Avalon Limited vs Genesis 5.0 R-Spec
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Honda Accord EX-L Avalon Limited vs Accord EX-L
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2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Toyota Corolla Avalon Limited vs Corolla

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