2011 Mazda
6 s Grand Touring
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKZ

2011 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring

9.8

starting from

$30,115
"Sporty driving dynamics."
edmunds.com | talking about the 6's handling
"Big trunk."
edmunds.com | talking about the 6's storage

Reasons to buy the Mazda 6 s Grand Touring

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Moon roof
Standard
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Lengthy braking distance from 60mph
133 ft
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Mediocre cornering
0.81 g
2012 Lincoln MKZ

9.6

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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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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Entertainment system
Optional
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring Winner: 6 s Grand Touring
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  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring Winner: 6 s Grand Touring
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  • The 6 s Grand Touring's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The 6 s Grand Touring has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 9
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
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • The MKZ has 2 more cupholders, 8 vs 6
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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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 9.6 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring Mazda
6 s Grand Touring
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the 6 s Grand Touring'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

Entertainment System

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring Mazda
6 s Grand Touring
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Number of speakers 9 vs 10 More speakers
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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 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 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 Yes The 6 s Grand Touring 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 MKZ ; but it's not available at all on the 6 s Grand Touring

Cost

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring Mazda
6 s Grand Touring
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MSRP $35,520 vs $30,115 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 18 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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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 6 s Grand Touring'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 6 s Grand Touring's is very short

Safety Features

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring Mazda
6 s Grand Touring
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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 6 s Grand Touring 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

Practicality

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring Mazda
6 s Grand Touring
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 472 miles vs 500 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 16.5 ft3 vs 16.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.0 ft3 vs 53.7 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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 6 Both have a good number of cupholders but the MKZ is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring Mazda
6 s Grand Touring
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 6.8 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 142 ft vs 133 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.7 s s @ 93.0 mph mph vs 15.2 s s @ 96.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.81 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring Mazda
6 s Grand Touring
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The 6 s Grand Touring is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the MKZ
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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

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring Mazda
6 s Grand Touring
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Horsepower 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 272 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 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 Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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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 13.1 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 35.4 ft

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 BMW 328i 6 i Touring vs 328i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 Audi A4 Premium 6 i Touring vs A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 Nissan Maxima SV 6 i Touring vs Maxima SV
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2012 Honda Civic Si 6 i Touring vs Civic Si
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 BMW 550i 6 i Touring vs 550i
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKS MKZ vs MKS
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2012 Ford Fusion SE MKZ vs Fusion SE
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKX MKZ vs MKX
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG MKZ vs C63 AMG
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2012 Buick LaCrosse MKZ vs LaCrosse

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