2012 Lincoln
MKZ
vs. 2012 Volkswagen
Passat V6 SE

2012 Lincoln MKZ

10.0

Winner

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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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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More airbags
6
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Leather
Standard
2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE

9.6

starting from

$29,765

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Passat V6 SE

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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Moon roof
Standard
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Good range in the city
370 miles
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Spacious back seats
48.8 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.0
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the MKZ ; but it's not available at all on the Passat V6 SE
  • The MKZ has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 6
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.3
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • The MKZ has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • The MKZ offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Passat V6 SE
  • Almost the same, 54.0 ft3 vs 53.5 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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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
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • The MKZ has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have power seats
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
Missing information
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Both provide sporty handling
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

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MKZ
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The MKZ has more speakers, but the Passat V6 SE 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 No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the MKZ ; but it's not available at all on the Passat V6 SE

Practicality

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MKZ
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 473 miles vs 518 miles The Passat V6 SE has good highway range and the MKZ is reasonable
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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 Not Available The MKZ offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Passat V6 SE
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The MKZ has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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MKZ
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MSRP $35,520 vs $29,765 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 20 mpg The Passat V6 SE has OK city mileage, while 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 V6 SE'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 V6 SE's is very short

Safety Features

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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 Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The MKZ has a good number of airbags, but the Passat V6 SE 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

Luxury Features

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MKZ
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Passat V6 SE'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 Not Available Leather comes standard on the MKZ ; the Passat V6 SE only offers cloth seats

Road Tests

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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

Crash Test Ratings

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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

Performance

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MKZ
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Passat V6 SE
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Horsepower 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 280 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 Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The Passat V6 SE comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the MKZ
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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 13.7 lb/hp vs 12.3 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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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

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