2018 Lincoln MKZ vs 2018 Lincoln Continental

Lincoln MKZ

  • Standard Engine2.0L I4
  • Horsepower245
  • MPG (city/hwy) *21 / 31
  • Seats5

Lincoln Continental

  • Standard Engine3.7L V6
  • Horsepower305
  • MPG (city/hwy) *17 / 26
  • Seats5

Specs at a Glance


In 2018, both the Lincoln Continental and MKZ are beautifully designed luxury cruisers that can handle trips up north with the family as well as cross-town boardroom jaunts. They're both well-appointed, feature plenty of power on tap, and feature Lincoln's new design language. But which one should you buy?

With an all-new 3.0L V6 engine, Lincoln has outfitted both cars with up to 400 horsepower depending on trim level. The MKZ's smaller size means that it accelerates and handles in a more sprightly way. The Continental certainly still packs a punch off the line but is designed for a more refined, comfortable ride. It is important to note that while the Lincoln is only available with a gas engine, the MKZ also comes in a hybrid format, allowing you to achieve up to 41/38 MPG, compared to the Continental's comparatively paltry 17/25. When it comes down to brass tacks, the MKZ is the car you want to take for a drive, whereas the Continental is the car you want to ride in.


It is hard to imagine anyone who does not find both of these cars to be gorgeous. It has to be said that while the new MKZ is a "looker" with its sweeping lines and coupe-like rear-quarter, the Continental represents the realization of Lincoln's design language with its incredible length. Its swooping, unending hood and distinctly Lincoln rear-quarter, the kink in its otherwise smooth grille, and the tasteful use of chrome make it feel like a throwback while also appearing thoroughly modern. It has a regality that the smaller sibling cannot quite measure up to. But if the Continental is grand, the MKZ is its trendy, stylish counterpart with its solid light bar that passes across the trunk, its bulged and flexed hood. Extra points go to the MKZ for its stunning, retractable glass panoramic roof.


The 2018 MKZ and Continental both feature adaptive cruise control, adaptive cabin noise control, and are available with dynamic torque vectoring for extra power control. The "Driver's Package" on the MKZ also includes sport-tuned suspension, a unique grill, wheels, and painted brake calipers. The Continental features selectable modes with its suspension, allowing you to seamlessly change between comfort and sport at the press of a button. The Continental also includes pre-collision assist, active braking, and pedestrian warning to keep yourself and those around you safe in moments of crisis and panic-braking.

Both the Lincoln Continental and MKZ are stunningly designed luxury automobiles that are well-equipped, powerful, and technologically advanced. Choosing between the two means making the distinction between whether comfort and luxury is your top priority or if you'd rather have something a little sportier and efficient. If you're looking for a thrilling drive in style and comfort, the MKZ might be your style. If you want the last word in comfort, luxury, and space, then the Continental is your kind of ride. The only way to know for certain is to see them in person - and the only way to do that is to visit or contact your local Lincoln dealer today.

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Base MSRP and base plus package price exclude destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Optional equipment not included. A, Z and X Plan prices are for qualified customers and exclude document fee, destination/delivery charge taxes, title and registration. Not all vehicles qualify for A, Z or X Plan.

* EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary.