In comparing the Lincoln MKZ's and the BMW 3 Series's specifications and ratings, the Lincoln MKZ has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, reliability and interior volume. The BMW 3 Series has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, resale value, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Lincoln MKZ's and the BMW 3 Series's specifications and ratings, the BMW 3 Series is a better car than the Lincoln MKZ.
Lincoln MKZ vs. BMW 3 Series Pricing
A used 2020 Lincoln MKZ ranges from $23,653 to $37,677 while a used 2020 BMW 3 Series is priced between $26,395 to $47,991.
Lincoln MKZ vs. BMW 3 Series Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Lincoln MKZ loses 53.6 percent of its value and the BMW 3 Series loses 52.3 percent of its value. This means the BMW 3 Series retains 1.3 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Lincoln MKZ.
Lincoln MKZ vs. BMW 3 Series Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Lincoln MKZ is 8.7 out of 10 while the BMW 3 Series' quality rating is 8.7 out of 10. This results in the Lincoln MKZ being ranked 5 out of 29 Best Luxury Midsize Cars and the BMW 3 Series being ranked 7 out of 36 Best Luxury Small Cars.
Lincoln MKZ vs. BMW 3 Series Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Lincoln MKZ is 8.5 out of 10. For the BMW 3 Series the reliability rating is 8.4 out of 10. This gives the Lincoln MKZ a slight advantage in reliability compared to the BMW 3 Series.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Lincoln MKZ’s base engine makes 245 horsepower, and the BMW 3 Series base engine makes 255 horsepower. The MKZ is rated to deliver an average of 24 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 512 miles. The 3 Series is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 562 miles. This gives the BMW 3 Series the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Lincoln MKZ. The MKZ uses regular unleaded, and the 3 Series uses premium unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Lincoln MKZ, a midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The BMW 3 Series, a compact car, has the advantage in the areas of front head room and rear head room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Lincoln MKZ and the BMW 3 Series have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.