Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fusion VS 2017 Lincoln MKZ Near Cleveland, GA

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2017 Ford Fusion

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2017 Lincoln MKZ

Safety Comparison

Both the Fusion and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Fusion’s reliability will be 24% better than the MKZ.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fusion turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Lincoln MKZ turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

89.4 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Lincoln MKZ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

21.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion gets better fuel mileage than the MKZ:







2.5 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/32 hwy




1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

23 city/34 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/29 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Fusion uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The MKZ with the 3.0 turbo V6 engine requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Fusion FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (16.5 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops much shorter than the MKZ:





70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

129 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The MKZ’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Fusion Sport AWD handles at .89 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Fusion Titanium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKZ Premiere (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Fusion’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (37.5 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fusion may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has 6.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (102.8 vs. 96.6).

The Fusion has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, .6 inches more rear hip room and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a larger trunk than the MKZ (16 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion easier. The Fusion’s trunk lift-over height is 24.4 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 29.8 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fusion has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The MKZ doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the Fusion’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the MKZ’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the MKZ because typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the MKZ, including $1125 less for a water pump, $34 less for an alternator, $4 less for front brake pads, $243 less for a starter, $48 less for fuel injection, $37 less for a fuel pump, $665 less for front struts, $852 less for a timing belt/chain and $2668 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fusion will be $8970 to $18039 less than for the Lincoln MKZ.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2010. The MKZ has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Fusion as their 2010 Car of the Year. The MKZ has never been chosen.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2010. The MKZ has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Fusion Hybrid as the 2010 North American Car of the Year. The MKZ has never been chosen.

The Ford Fusion outsold the Lincoln MKZ by over nine to one during the 2016 model year.

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