Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Buick LACROSSE VS 2015 Lincoln MKZ Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Buick LACROSSE

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2015 Lincoln MKZ

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Buick LaCrosse are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Lincoln MKZ has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The LaCrosse offers optional Front Automatic Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKZ offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The LaCrosse offers optional Rear Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The MKZ doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the LaCrosse and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Buick LaCrosse is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:





5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Buick LaCrosse is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:




5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat


5 Stars

3 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The LaCrosse’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the MKZ’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 2 times as many Buick dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the LaCrosse’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 Buick LaCrosse eAssist’s reliability will be 6% better than the MKZ with the best reliability rating.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick second in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The LaCrosse has more powerful engines than the MKZ:



LaCrosse eAssist 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

182 HP

172 lbs.-ft.

LaCrosse 3.6 DOHC V6

304 HP

264 lbs.-ft.

MKZ Hybrid 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

188 HP

MKZ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.


300 HP

277 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the LaCrosse FWD V6 gets better highway fuel mileage than the MKZ FWD V6 (18 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/27 hwy).

The LaCrosse eAssist’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (16.6 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The LaCrosse V6’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 16.5 gallons). The LaCrosse V6 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ AWD’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 17.5 gallons).


Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the LaCrosse V6’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ:

LaCrosse V6

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0 Turbo/V6

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

The LaCrosse V6’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the MKZ are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LaCrosse V6 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The MKZ’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

For better maneuverability, the LaCrosse eAssist’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (36.8 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the LaCrosse 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 LaCrosse has 5.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (101.7 vs. 96.5).

The LaCrosse has .1 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear hip room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

Ergonomics Comparison

The LaCrosse offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The MKZ doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

When the LaCrosse with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The MKZ’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the LaCrosse owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the LaCrosse will cost $120 to $1160 less than the MKZ over a five-year period.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Buick LaCrosse outsold the Lincoln MKZ by 51% during 2014.

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