In comparing the 2013 Lincoln MKZ vs. the 2013 Chrysler 300, you are looking at discussing two diverging schools of thought in the entry-level luxury sedan market. On the one hand you have the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, the flagship model of the Lincoln Motor Company re-launch that has been officially underway for almost six months now. The Lincoln MKZ represents a bit of a throwback to a day when highly stylized cars were the very pinnacle of luxury status. On the other hand the 2013 Chrysler 300 represents unapologetic Detroit power with its wide array of engines that make more horsepower than all of the Kentucky Derby races combined.
The handsomely styled Lincoln MKZ features a pair of engine choices. The first is a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that turns out a respectable 240-horsepower. All Lincoln MKZ engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with a choice between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive models will record 22 miles per gallon (city) and 33 miles per gallon (highway). Rear-wheel drive versions of the Lincoln MKZ loose two miles per gallon on the highway, but still a respectable score for a turbocharged engine.
If a bit more power under the hood is what you are looking for in a Lincoln sedan, there is an option for that as well. The Lincoln MKZ can also be had with a 3.7-liter, V-6 that makes 300-horsepower. Environmental Protection Agency fuel-economy scores for the V-6 model of the Lincoln MKZ are 19 mpg (city) and 28 mpg (highway) for the front wheel drive and 18 mpg (city) and 26 mpg (highway) for the all-wheel drive models.
As was stated earlier, the 2013 Chrysler 300 is all about power, with not a terrible amout of attention paid to fuel-efficiency (when compared to the Lincoln MKZ). The base Chrysler 300 comes with a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine and with its eight-speed automatic transmission turns out 292-horsepower. For those looking for more power and less fuel-economy there are a pair of V-8 engine options available under the hood of the Chrysler 300 that make 363- and 470-horsepower respectively. None of the engine options break 20 miles per gallon in the city and only one barely cracks 30 mpg on the highway.
2013 Lincoln MKZ vs 2013 Chrysler 300
One of the key strengths of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ is elegantly simple design. Upon approaching the new Lincoln flagship sedan, you will notice the wide, almost smiling grille. While it is pleasant to think that your car will always greet you with a grin, the design of the impressive grille is actually based on the grill of the Lincoln Zephyr that was a popular luxury sedan from the late 1930s; and that grille was based on the look of an eagle with outstretched wings. Even with this not so subtle nod to the past, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ is a fully modern vehicle on the inside. Starting with the center stack design that has done away with levers and knobs in favor of touch sensitive inputs, the Lincoln MKZ also features an advanced voice recognition system.
Like the Lincoln MKZ, the Chrysler 300 features a host of leather and wood accents. Such things have become common place in today’s luxury cars from each side of the Atlantic Ocean. One of the chief complaints about the design of the Chrysler 300 has been in the area of visibility. While some may like the chopped roof look of the Chrysler, its rather thick rear roof pillars have been known to cause some rear visibility issues.
Lots of standard features
The Lincoln MKZ comes with a lot of standard features that were specifically chosen to show the class and sophistication of the car. The new Lincoln comes with adaptive LED headlights, LED taillights, adaptive suspension dampers, keyless entry that includes an exterior number pad as well as keyless ignition with a keyfob. For the comfort of passengers there is automatic dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped seats that feature an eight-way driver seat that is heated and has driver memory in case there are multiple drivers. The front seats also feature powered lumbar support to make longer drives more comfortable.
Both sedans offer plenty of room for full-size adults in the back seat and both have similarly sized trunks that are bigger than the industry segment average to give you and your passengers more than enough room to bring what you need on a trip. The rear seat of the Lincoln MKZ is a foldable in case some longer items need to be stowed in the trunk.