Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Hyundai SONATA VS 2015 Lincoln MKZ Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Hyundai SONATA

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2015 Lincoln MKZ

Safety Comparison

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Both the Sonata and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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 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 Hyundai Sonata is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

Sonata

MKZ

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

28%

Neck Stress

164 lbs.

200 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

197

254

Neck Injury Risk

33%

52%

Neck Stress

145 lbs.

197 lbs.

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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Hyundai Sonata is safer than the Lincoln MKZ:

Sonata

MKZ

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

16 inches

HIC

213

268

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

46 G’s

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

Warranty Comparison

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The Sonata comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The MKZ’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Sonata 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Lincoln covers the MKZ. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the MKZ ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Sonata’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the MKZ’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sonata first among midsize cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The MKZ isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the Sonata Eco is faster than the MKZ Hybrid:

Sonata

MKZ

Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.4 MPH

84.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Sonata has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Sonata has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKZ FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 16.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Sonata

Sonata Sport 2.0T

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0 Turbo/V6

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

The Sonata stops shorter than the MKZ:

Sonata

MKZ

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Sonata 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 handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sonata is .9 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the MKZ.

The Sonata Sport 2.0T handles at .84 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Sonata’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (35.8 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Hyundai Sonata may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

The Sonata is 3 inches shorter than the MKZ, making the Sonata easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Sonata is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the MKZ is rated a Mid-size.

The Sonata has 9.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKZ (106.1 vs. 96.5).

The Sonata has 2.5 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKZ.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Sonata has a larger trunk than the MKZ (16.3 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Sonata offers cargo security. The MKZ’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Sonata’s available trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The MKZ doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Sonata 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 Sonata’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the MKZ’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

When the Sonata 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.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Hyundai Sonata outsold the Lincoln MKZ by over six to one during the 2014 model year.

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