2009 Lincoln MKZ vs. Its Competition

2009 Lincoln MKZ
Martin Padgett Martin 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.

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door Convertible 328i Side Exterior View2008 BMW 3-Series
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Quick Specs
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 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
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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Gas Mileage  
17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I4Gas I6
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4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan 328i RWD
Front Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4dr Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2009 Audi A42009 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2008 BMW 3-Series