Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Lincoln MKS VS 2015 Toyota Avalon Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Lincoln MKS

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2015 Toyota Avalon

Safety Comparison

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The MKS offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Avalon doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The MKS’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Avalon doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the MKS and the Avalon 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Lincoln MKS weighs 621 to 931 pounds more than the Toyota Avalon. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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

MKS

Avalon

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

31%

44%

Neck Stress

313 lbs.

353 lbs.

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

18 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

68/69 lbs.

405/546 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

218

253

Neck Injury Risk

32%

37%

Neck Stress

144 lbs.

218 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

107 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

316/229 lbs.

443/484 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 Lincoln MKS is safer than the Toyota Avalon:

MKS

Avalon

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

103

124

Abdominal Force

173 G’s

226 G’s

Hip Force

337 lbs.

384 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

47 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Hip Force

743 lbs.

984 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

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The MKS comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Avalon’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKS 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Avalon. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Avalon ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 18 percent more Lincoln dealers than there are Toyota dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the MKS’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the MKS second among midsize premium cars in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The Avalon was rated third in its category.

Engine Comparison

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The MKS’ standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 36 more horsepower (304 vs. 268) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (279 vs. 248) than the Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The MKS’ optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 97 more horsepower (365 vs. 268) and 102 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 248) than the Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln MKS ECOBoost is faster than the Toyota Avalon V6:

MKS

Avalon

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.6 MPH

97.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The MKS has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon (19 vs. 17 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The MKS has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Avalon doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the MKS’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Avalon:

MKS

Avalon

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

11.1 inches

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

The MKS stops shorter than the Avalon:

MKS

Avalon

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the MKS has larger standard tires than the Avalon (245/45R20 vs. 215/55R17). The MKS’ tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Avalon (255/45R19 vs. 225/45R18).

The MKS’ tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Avalon XLE/XLE Premium’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKS has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Avalon XLE/XLE Premium. The MKS’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Avalon XLE Touring/Limited.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The MKS has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Avalon’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The MKS’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Avalon doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the MKS’ wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the Avalon (112.9 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the MKS is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Avalon.

Chassis Comparison

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

The MKS ECOBoost uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Avalon doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The MKS has 2.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Avalon (105.8 vs. 103.6).

The MKS has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Avalon.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The MKS has a much larger trunk than the Avalon (19.2 vs. 16 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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If the windows are left down on the MKS the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Avalon can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKS’ exterior PIN entry system. The Avalon doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The MKS’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Avalon XLE/Premium/Touring’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the MKS has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Avalon doesn’t offer cornering lights.

On extremely cold Winter days, the MKS’ optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Avalon doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The MKS’ optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Avalon doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the MKS owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the MKS with a number “5” insurance rate while the Avalon is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the MKS is less expensive to operate than the Avalon because typical repairs cost much less on the MKS than the Avalon, including $62 less for a starter, $194 less for fuel injection, $39 less for a fuel pump, $133 less for front struts and $1043 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

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Both the Lincoln MKS and Toyota Avalon won an award in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue.

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