2011 Mazda
6 i Sport
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKZ

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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Sporty performance
13.7 lb/hp
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More airbags
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2011 Mazda 6 i Sport

9.0

Runner-up

Mazda 6 i Sport

starting from

$20,785
"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 i Sport

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Good range in the city
389 miles
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Good range on the highway
555 miles
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Average highway fuel efficiency
30 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.0
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • Leather comes standard on the MKZ ; the 6 i Sport only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the MKZ 's power seats; not available on the 6 i Sport
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.6
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the MKZ 's satellite radio
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the MKZ ; but it's not available at all on the 6 i Sport
  • The MKZ has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 6
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.5
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • The MKZ offers an optional navigation system; not available on the 6 i Sport
  • The MKZ has 2 more cupholders, 8 vs 6
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
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
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
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Overall 10.0 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the MKZ 's power seats; not available on the 6 i Sport
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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 6 i Sport only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The MKZ has more speakers, but the 6 i Sport 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 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 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 6 i Sport

Practicality

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 473 miles vs 555 miles The 6 i Sport has good highway range and the MKZ is reasonable
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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 55.5 ft3 The 6 i Sport has roomy front seats and the MKZ is OK
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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 6 i Sport
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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

Safety Features

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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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 i Sport 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

Cost

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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MSRP $35,520 vs $20,785 The 6 i Sport has a great price and the MKZ is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 21 mpg The 6 i Sport 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 6 i Sport'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 i Sport's is very short

Road Tests

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 9.0 seconds The MKZ 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the 6 i Sport is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 142 ft vs 139 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.7 s @ 93 mph vs 17.0 s @ 85 mph The MKZ 's 1/4 mile time is average, but the 6 i Sport's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The 6 i Sport 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 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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Horsepower 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM The MKZ is of average power, but the 6 i Sport 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 Manual transmission Both the MKZ 's semi-automatic transmission and the 6 i Sport's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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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 19.2 lb/hp The MKZ is a sporty car, but the 6 i Sport 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 35.4 ft

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring 2011 Audi A4 Premium 6 i Grand Touring vs A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 BMW 328i 6 i Touring vs 328i
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport 2011 Nissan Maxima SV 6 i Sport vs Maxima SV
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport 2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE 6 i Sport vs Passat V6 SE
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport 2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport 6 i Sport vs C300 Sport
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKS MKZ vs MKS
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2012 Buick LaCrosse MKZ vs LaCrosse
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 MKZ vs CTS 3.6
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2012 Ford Fusion SEL MKZ vs Fusion SEL
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Ford Taurus SHO MKZ vs Taurus SHO

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