2009 Lincoln MKZ vs. Its Competition

2009 Lincoln MKZ
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The rear-drive cars of this group are much more sporting in terms of driving personality and dynamics.

The BMW 3 Series remains a performance benchmark that few can match, including the front-wheel-drive 2009 Lincoln MKZ.

The Infiniti G37 comes close to the BMW 3 Series in terms of athleticism, but the MKZ provides more room and value over both.

The Audi A4 and Lexus ES 350 are primarily front-drive sedans (the ES is based on the Toyota Camry platform).

The Audi is sportier than the Lincoln, but smaller and less comfortable.

The Lexus is considerably more sedate than the Lincoln—and the only one in this bunch not to offer optional all-wheel drive—but the ES is Lexus’s comfort-oriented, affordable model.

2009 Lincoln MKZ 2009 Lincoln MKZBrowse Used Listings2009 Audi A42009 Audi A4Browse Used Listings2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door Convertible 328i Side Exterior View2008 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings2008 Lexus ES 350 4-door Sedan Open Doors2008 Lexus ES 350Browse Used Listings
Quick Specs
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Though it’s in a very conservative package, the 2009 Lincoln MKZ is a credible luxury bargain for those who value comfort over driving excitement.
8.4
The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
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The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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The 2008 Lexus ES 350 is a plush, soft-handling car that would make Buick proud--if Buick still built cars like this.
MSRP From   
$32,695$30,700$32,700$34,120
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas I4Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class   
MidsizeCompactCompactCompact
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Sedan
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4dr Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
AutomaticCVTManualAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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