2012 Lincoln
MKZ
vs. 2012 Volkswagen
Passat TDI SEL Premium

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

9.8

starting from

$32,965

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

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Fantastic range on the highway
796 miles
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Fantastic range in the city
574 miles
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
43 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
31 mpg
2012 Lincoln MKZ

9.4

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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Sporty performance
13.7 lb/hp
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Average power
263 HP @ 6,250 RPM
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium Winner: Passat TDI SEL Premium
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Passat TDI SEL Premium's standard sun roof
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
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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
Performance - vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • The Passat TDI SEL Premium's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the MKZ
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the MKZ
Overall 9.4 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium Volkswagen
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Passat TDI SEL Premium'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

Cost

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium Volkswagen
Passat TDI SEL Premium
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MSRP $35,520 vs $32,965 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 31 mpg The Passat TDI SEL Premium has great city mileage, but the MKZ is very inefficient
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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 Passat TDI SEL Premium'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 Passat TDI SEL Premium's is very short

Performance

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium Volkswagen
Passat TDI SEL Premium
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Horsepower 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM The MKZ is of average power, but the Passat TDI SEL Premium is underpowered
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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 Turbocharger The Passat TDI SEL Premium's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.7 lb/hp vs 24.3 lb/hp The MKZ is a sporty car, but the Passat TDI SEL Premium is sluggish
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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 Unknown vs 36.4 ft

Road Tests

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 142 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 15.7 s @ 93 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
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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 Passat TDI SEL Premium 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

Crash Test Ratings

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
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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

Practicality

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium Volkswagen
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 473 miles vs 796 miles The Passat TDI SEL Premium gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the MKZ gets OK distance
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Cargo space 16.5 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.0 ft3 vs 53.5 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 Standard The Passat TDI SEL Premium's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the MKZ
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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

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
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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 Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the MKZ 's satellite radio
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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 Standard Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the MKZ

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