Compare 2009 Lincoln MKZ vs 2008 BMW 3-Series

2009 Lincoln MKZ
2008 BMW 3-Series
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4-Door Sedan FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD 18 28 $30,021 $32,695
4-Door Sedan AWD 17 24 $31,722 $34,585
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328xi 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
2-Door Coupe AWD 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 335xi 19 25 $37,905 $41,200
2-Door Coupe AWD 335xi 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
2-Door Convertible M3 M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,021
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,695
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$545 / month
$545 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.5 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.6 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.0 55.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.0 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.7 93.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
190.5 178.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 108.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.8 12.0
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 1.0 11.8 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Four Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x 0.4 11.8 x 0.79
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.5 16.1
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
T7C NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
T145/80D16 NA
Front Tire Order Code
T7C NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3469 3340
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 180
Engine
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
263 @ 6250 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I6
Fuel System
SEFI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
249 @ 4500 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
99T NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.66
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 2.46
Trans Order Code
44B NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.15 4.32
Summary
Vehicle Name
Lincoln MKZ BMW 3 Series
Body Style
4dr Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.67 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
SLA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multilink NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double Pivot
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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