2011 Toyota
Prius Four
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKZ

2012 Lincoln MKZ

9.8

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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Average number of gears
6
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Better suspension
Independent
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Sporty performance
13.7 lb/hp
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Average 0-60 time
7.3 seconds
2011 Toyota Prius Four

9.6

Runner-up

Toyota Prius Four

starting from

$28,080

Reasons to buy the Toyota Prius Four

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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
51 mpg
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Is a hybrid
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
48 mpg
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Fantastic range in the city
607 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.5
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the MKZ 's power seats; not available on the Prius Four
Crash Test Ratings 9.1 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • The Prius Four has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.3
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 Prius Four
  • The MKZ has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 8
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • The MKZ has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • Almost the same, 54.0 ft3 vs 51.7 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
  • Child door locks come standard
Performance - vs 10.0
Missing information
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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
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Toyota Prius Four Toyota
Prius Four
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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 Prius Four
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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

Crash Test Ratings

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Toyota Prius Four Toyota
Prius Four
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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 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the MKZ
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Entertainment System

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Toyota Prius Four Toyota
Prius Four
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Number of speakers 9 vs 8 The MKZ has more speakers and the Prius Four is OK, too
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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 Prius Four

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 571 miles The Prius Four has good highway range and the MKZ is reasonable
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Cargo space 16.5 ft3 vs 21.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.0 ft3 vs 51.7 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 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 $28,080 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 51 mpg The Prius Four gets 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 Prius Four'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 Prius Four'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 6 Both have good airbag coverage
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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

Performance

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Toyota Prius Four Toyota
Prius Four
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Horsepower 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 134 HP @ 5,200 RPM The MKZ is of average power, but the Prius Four is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs Continuously variable The MKZ has an OK number of gears, while the Prius Four has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The MKZ 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find 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 22.7 lb/hp The MKZ is a sporty car, but the Prius Four 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 17.1 ft

Road Tests

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Toyota Prius Four Toyota
Prius Four
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 10.6 seconds The MKZ 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Prius Four is sluggish
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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 @ 93 mph vs 18.0 s @ 79 mph The MKZ 's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Prius Four's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.82 g The Prius Four has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average MKZ
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Top speed Unknown vs 112 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Toyota Prius Three 2011 Honda Fit Sport Prius Three vs Fit Sport
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid Prius Four vs Camry Hybrid
2011 Toyota Prius Five 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Prius Five vs Fusion Hybrid
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI Prius Four vs Golf TDI
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Honda CR-Z Prius Four vs CR-Z
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 Lincoln MKS MKZ vs MKS
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKX MKZ vs MKX
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