Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2014 Ford Fusion VS 2014 Lincoln MKZ Near Goodyear, AZ

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2014 Ford Fusion

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2014 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, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 3 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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops shorter than the MKZ:



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 SE handles at .87 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 (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fusion may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

The front grille of the Fusion uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The MKZ doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has 6.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (102.8 vs. 96.5).

The Fusion has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 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 25 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 29.8 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fusion owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fusion will cost $1005 less than the MKZ over a five-year period.

The Fusion will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Fusion will retain 47.06% to 50.22% of its original price after five years, while the MKZ only retains 39.6% to 43.85%.

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 $91 less for front brake pads, $14 less for fuel injection and $439 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 $7146 to $9660 less than for the Lincoln MKZ.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Fusion has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Awards



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 9 to one during 2013.

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