The rear seatbelts optional on the MKZ Select/Reserve inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.
The MKZ offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The MKZ’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
Both the MKZ and the Accord Hybrid 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, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, front parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the MKZ the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 144 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Accord Hybrid has not been tested, yet.
The MKZ comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Accord Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKZ 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Accord Hybrid. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Accord Hybrid ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The MKZ has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 9th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.
The MKZ Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord Hybrid (14 vs. 12.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The MKZ AWD’s standard fuel tank has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord Hybrid (18 vs. 12.8 gallons).
For better traction, the MKZ has larger tires than the Accord Hybrid (245/45R18 vs. 225/50R17).
The MKZ’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord Hybrid’s standard 50 series tires. The MKZ’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Accord Hybrid’s 50 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKZ has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Accord Hybrid. The MKZ offers optional 19-inch wheels.
The MKZ has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Accord Hybrid; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
The MKZ uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the MKZ’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Accord Hybrid’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the MKZ offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a power trunk.
The power windows standard on both the MKZ and the Accord Hybrid have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the MKZ is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Accord Hybrid prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
The MKZ’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord Hybrid’s standard rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully. The Accord Hybrid EX/EX-L/Touring’s .
In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKZ’s exterior PIN entry system. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its HondaLink Assist can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the MKZ has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer cornering lights.
A power rear sunshade is optional in the MKZ Select/Reserve to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
The MKZ’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Accord Hybrid EX/EX-L/Touring.
The MKZ Select/Reserve has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Accord Hybrid offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
On extremely cold winter days, the MKZ Select/Reserve’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
Both the MKZ and the Accord Hybrid offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the MKZ has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
The MKZ Reserve/Select has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The MKZ Select/Reserve’s 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 Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln MKZ, based on reliability, safety and performance.