Lincoln MKZ Hybrid  vs 2014 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium 

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

  • $35k
  • 2.0L Hybrid
  • 38 city 37 hwy
Front view of Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
The big wheels are perfectly proportioned to the arches, with a multispoke design and smoked finish that looks fantastic.
by (Oct, 2013)

Toyota Avalon XLE Premium

  • $36k
  • 2.5L Hybrid
  • 40 city 39 hwy
Front view of Toyota Avalon
Roomy, quiet, comfortable, and efficient, the Avalon hybrid is a sedan fit for anybody's mother.
by MotorTrend

Benchmarks Real world tests of MKZ Hybrid vs 2014 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

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Much less CO2 per car made 0.46 metric ton vs 0.9 metric ton Around 50% less CO2 emitted per car made; clean factories are good factories
Significantly better highway driving range 663 miles vs 499 miles Around 35% further range on the interstate
Significantly better city driving range 680 miles vs 513 miles Around 35% further in the city
More efficient freshwater use 3.5 m³ vs 4.3 m³ Around 20% less per car made; 1 cubic metre of water is 1.5 year's worth of drinking water

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$35,190 9.9¢/mile Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Toyota Avalon $35,805 9.4¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is cheaper (per year) for infrequent and average drivers, but the Toyota Avalon is cheaper for heavy drivers due to its cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Toyota Avalon
Price $7,038 ($35,190) $7,161 ($35,805)
Fuel $1,478 (1,998 gallons) $1,404 (1,897 gallons)
City 38 MPG 40 MPG
Highway 37 MPG 39 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

MKZ Hybrid  vs 2014 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium 

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Avalon XLE Premium

Specifications Full list of technical specs


MKZ Hybrid  vs
2014 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium 
Brand Lincoln Toyota
Model year 2014 2014
City range 513 miles 680 miles
Highway range 499 miles 663 miles
MSRP $35k $36k
Annual cost $8,488 $8,537

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L 2.5L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Continuously-variable Continuously-variable
Transmission Automatic 2WD Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 12.4 in Ventilated Disc 11.69 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.4 in Disc 11.1 in Disc
Front wheel width 245 215
Front wheel diameter 18 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 45 55

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Rear side
Head curtain
Rear side w/head
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system Ford SYNC None

physical dimensions

Front track width 62.3 in 62.6 in
Height 58.1 in 57.5 in
Length 194.1 in 195.2 in
Wheelbase 112.2 in 111 in
Curb weight 3,828 lb 3,594 lb
Has a rear spoiler No No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 56 ft³ 53 ft³
Rear seat room 43 ft³ 49 ft³


MKZ Hybrid  vs
2014 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium 
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.3 m³ 3.5 m³
CO2 per car made 0.9 metric ton 0.46 metric ton

power & handling

Max torque 129 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 156 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM
Max HP 188 HP @ 6,000 RPM 200 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 20.36 lb/hp 17.97 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 38 feet 37.4 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 11 8
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input No Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard N/A
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,200 N/A
Navigation system N/A Optional, $1,300
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard
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