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2021 Lexus IS 300 vs. 2020 Lincoln MKZ Review

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2021 Lexus
IS 300

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2020 Lincoln
MKZ

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MSRP*
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$39,050 to $41,050
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$36,750 to $44,500
Invoice* $36,318 to $38,178 $35,096 to $42,276
MPG - City 19 - 21 20
MPG - Hwy 26 - 31 29 - 31
Engine(s) Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Lincoln MKZ than the Lexus IS 300, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Lexus IS 300 and the Lincoln MKZ in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Lexus IS 300 as you will with the Lincoln MKZ, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Lexus IS 300 or the Lincoln MKZ, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Lexus IS 300 and the Lincoln MKZ have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Lexus IS 300 is a little narrower than the Lincoln MKZ, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. The Lexus IS 300 is slightly shorter than the Lincoln MKZ, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Lexus IS 300 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Lincoln MKZ.

Handling
The Lexus IS 300 has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Lincoln MKZ, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Lexus IS 300 and the Lincoln MKZ.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Lexus IS 300 and the Lincoln MKZ. The Lexus IS 300 has significantly less cargo room than the Lincoln MKZ, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The Lexus IS 300 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lincoln MKZ.