2011 Toyota
Prius Four
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKZ Hybrid

2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

9.8

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 Hybrid

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Best suspension
Independent
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Fantastic range in the city
718 miles
2011 Toyota Prius Four

9.4

Runner-up

Toyota Prius Four

starting from

$28,080

Reasons to buy the Toyota Prius Four

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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Good highway fuel efficiency
48 mpg
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Folding rear seats
Standard
Luxury Features 8.5 vs 10.0
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Winner: MKZ Hybrid
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the MKZ Hybrid's power seats; not available on the Prius Four
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • The Prius Four has 3.9x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
Entertainment System 9.3 vs 10.0
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Winner: MKZ Hybrid
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  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the MKZ Hybrid; but it's not available at all on the Prius Four
  • The MKZ Hybrid has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 8
Safety Features 9.5 vs 10.0
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Winner: MKZ Hybrid
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  • The MKZ Hybrid has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 7 vs 6
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Winner: MKZ Hybrid
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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 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Good highway range
  • Neither offers roof rails
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.4 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Lincoln
MKZ Hybrid
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the MKZ Hybrid'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

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Lincoln
MKZ Hybrid
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 3 stars The better is 3.9x safer than the MKZ Hybrid
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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

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Lincoln
MKZ Hybrid
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Number of speakers 8 vs 9 Average number of 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 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 Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the MKZ Hybrid; but it's not available at all on the Prius Four

Safety Features

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Lincoln
MKZ Hybrid
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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 7 Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the MKZ Hybrid is particularly good (including Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both vehicles' brakes will do well under heavy use
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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

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Lincoln
MKZ Hybrid
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MSRP $28,080 vs $35,520 The Prius Four has a great price and the MKZ Hybrid is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 51 mpg vs 41 mpg The Prius Four has great city mileage and the MKZ Hybrid is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The MKZ Hybrid's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Prius Four's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The MKZ Hybrid's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Prius Four's warranty is very limited

Performance

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Lincoln
MKZ Hybrid
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Horsepower 134 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 156 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs Continuously variable Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard 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 for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.7 lb/hp vs Unknown
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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 17.1 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Lincoln
MKZ Hybrid
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 571 miles vs 630 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 21.6 ft3 vs Unknown
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front seats 51.7 ft3 vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Prius Four's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the MKZ Hybrid
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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 4 vs 8 The MKZ Hybrid 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

Road Tests

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Lincoln
MKZ Hybrid
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0-60 mph 10.6 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 133 ft vs 130 ft The MKZ Hybrid has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Prius Four is just OK
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 79 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.78 g The Prius Four has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average MKZ Hybrid
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Top speed 112 mph vs Unknown

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 Five 2011 MINI Cooper Prius Five vs Cooper
2011 Toyota Prius Two 2011 Toyota Corolla Prius Two vs Corolla
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 Lincoln MKX MKZ vs MKX

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