Buick LaCrosse Vs. Lincoln MKZ: Midsize Sedans With Full-Size Luxury

By | November 19th, 2018

Ready to enter the luxury-car segment but want something different from your normal German luxury cars? The 2019 Buick LaCrosse and 2019 Lincoln MKZ are great alternatives that offer plenty of performance, great ride quality, and loads of features. Which of these luxury rigs is better for our Saginaw, Michigan area luxury car shoppers? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

As luxury midsize sedans, the 2019 Buick LaCrosse and 2019 Lincoln MKZ have a lot of similarities. In terms of size and features. Both vehicles feature stylish designs, standard 18-inch wheels, and plenty of standard LED lighting. The MKZ goes a step further with its standard HID headlights to the LaCrosse’s standard halogen lights. But the LaCrosse comes back with its distinctly European design that boasts tons of curves and classy-looking backside.

The Lincoln MKZ’s design is boldly American with its large grille, square headlights, and sharper body lines. One big knock against the MKZ is its massive rear brake bar that distracts from its otherwise clean look.

In terms if size, the 2019 Buick LaCrosse measures 197.5 inches long, 73.5 inches wide, and 57.5 inches tall. It rides on a 114.4-inch wheelbase. The MKZ is taller by 0.6 inches, but it’s shorter by 3.6 inches and narrower by 0.1 inches. The MKZ’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches shorter.

Advantage: 2019 Buick LaCrosse

  • Swoopy, European design
  • Larger footprint give adds to its luxuriousness
  • Clean rear design

Advantage: 2019 Lincoln MKZ

  • Smaller body is easier to maneuver
  • Bold, American styling

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Buick LaCrosse is filled with luxurious materials and tons of unique shapes to grab your eyes. Also, with Buick’s noise cancellation and enhanced noise reduction, the cabin is whisper-quiet.

The 2019 MKZ, is also luxurious and loaded with premium materials, but it struggles to separate itself from its Ford Fusion roots. The MKZ makes up for some of its shortcomings with additional standard features, including an 11-speaker audio system, push-button transmission, and 10.1-inch configurable LCD instrument cluster.

As midsize luxury sedans, the 2019 LaCrosse and 2019 MKZ are roomy. Up front, the 2019 LaCrosse offers 38.4 inches of headroom, 42 inches of legroom, 57.7 inches of shoulder room, and 54.8 inches of hip room. The LaCrosse beats the MKZ in headroom by 0.5 inches, but falls 2.3 inches behind on legroom and 0.3 inches behind in hip room.

In the rear, the 2019 Buick LaCrosse has 37.2 inches of headroom, 38 inches of legroom, 56.6 inches of shoulder room, and 55.1 inches of hip room. The 2019 Lincoln MKZ falls short in headroom by 0.6 inches, legroom by 1 inch, shoulder room by 1.3 inches, and hip room by 1.3 inches. Clearly, the LaCrosse is better for hauling the kiddos or business associates in the rear seats.

Trunk space is where the MKZ makes its comeback as its 15.4 cubic feet of room beats the 2.5-liter-equipped LaCrosse by 1.1 cubes and the V-6 LaCrosse by 0.4 cubes.

Advantage: 2019 Buick LaCrosse

  • Roomy rear seat
  • Stylish and luxurious cabin
  • Shares no styling with anything in the U.S. GM lineup

Advantage: 2019 Lincoln MKZ

  • Loads of standard features
  • Roomier front seats

Performance

The luxury-car segment is all about combining class with a little performance, and these models certainly offer that and more. The LaCrosse’s base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder combined with a mild-hybrid system. At 194 horsepower, this is no performance car, but its 35 mpg city, 35 highway, and 29 combined is a benefit.

Looking for power? Go with the optional 3.6-liter V-6 engine that pipes 310 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can stick with the standard front-wheel drive or opt for a twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system for added traction. With front-wheel drive, the V-6 engine delivers LaCrosse 25 mpg city, 35 highway, and 29 combined. All-wheel drive drags this down to 20 mpg city, 29 highway, and 23 combined.

The 2019 Lincoln MKZ offers three powertrain options, and they start with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs to an electric motor to deliver 188 horsepower. This power routes through a CVT and heads to the front wheels. This may not deliver an inspiring drive, but its fuel economy is great at 42 mpg city, 39 highway, and 41 combined.

Want performance instead of fuel economy? There is the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that injects 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque into this luxury midsize sedan. This power routes through a standard six-speed automatic transmission out to the front wheels. Buyers can opt for all-wheel drive. Fuel economy isn’t bad either at 21 mpg city, 31 highway, and 24 combined with front-wheel drive and 20 mpg city, 28 highway, and 23 combined with all-wheel drive.

The range-topping engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that pumps out 350 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. This engine delivers up to 18 mpg city, 27 highway, and 21 combined with front-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive leads to a 1-mpg penalty across the board, but there is also a 50-horsepower reward, bringing it to 400 ponies.

Advantage: 2019 Buick LaCrosse

  • More advanced nine-speed transmission
  • No CVT
  • Traditional V-6 acceleration

Advantage: 2019 Lincoln MKZ

  • Thriftier hybrid
  • Big V-6 power advantage

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse is available in six trims — 1SV, Preferred, Essence, Premium, Sport Touring, and Avenir – and starting prices range from $30,495 to $45,795.

The 2019 Lincoln MKZ is also available in six trim levels — Base, Hybrid Base, Reserve I, Hybrid Reserve I, Reserve II, and Hybrid Reserve II — and their starting prices range from $35,995 to $44,995.

2019 Buick LaCrosse Key Features and Pricing by Trim

1SV: $30,495

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with mild-hybrid system
  • Automatic engine stop/start
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric parking brake with brake hold
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Halogen fog lights
  • HID projector headlights
  • Body-color door handles with chrome accents
  • Light-tinted glass
  • Acoustic windshield and front-side glass
  • Darkened waterfall grille
  • Power, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lights
  • Bright body-side molding
  • Ultrasonic rear parking sensors
  • Front grille shutters
  • Intermittent front windshield wipers
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear air vents
  • Buick Infotainment System
  • Eight-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Two USB ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • SiriusXM
  • Cruise control
  • LED front and rear reading lights
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Rearview camera
  • Remote ignition
  • Keyless ignition
  • Leatherette seating
  • Eight-way power front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Teen Driver
  • Universal home remote
  • Power windows with express-up/down front windows
  • Power door locks
  • Floor mats
  • Split-folding rear seats

Preferred: $34,595

  • All 1SV features, plus
  • Emergency roadside kit
  • Trunk cargo net
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering

Essence: $37,295

  • All Preferred trims, plus
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat and mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • Perforated leather seats
  • Wireless phone charger

Premium: $39,595

  • All Essence features, plus
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-change alert
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Following distance indicator
  • Forward collision alert
  • Head-up display
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Safety-alert seat
  • 110-volt power outlet on rear of center console
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Massaging front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Air ionizer

Sport Touring: $40,295

  • All Essence features, plus
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine with automatic engine stop/start
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • 19-inch aluminum wheels with Midnight Silver finish
  • Larger front brakes
  • Blacked-out grille with body-color surround
  • Sport Appearance body-color fender vent
  • Flush-mount rear spoiler
  • Dual-exit exhaust

Avenir: $45,795

  • All Premium features, plus
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine with auto stop/start
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with Pearl Nickel finish
  • Larger front brakes
  • Dual-exit exhaust
  • Navigation
  • 11-speaker Bose Centerpoint audio system
  • HD Radio
  • Avenir floor mats
  • Avenir doorsill plates
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Panoramic sunroof

2019 Lincoln MKZ Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $35,995

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 18-inch machine-finish aluminum wheels with painted pockets
  • Brake hold
  • Electric power steering
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • 10.1-inch configurable LCD gauge cluster with message center
  • Four 12-volt power outlets
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Power windows
  • One-touch open/close front and rear windows
  • Power door locks
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Variable-speed wipers
  • Automatic dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Remote ignition
  • Cruise control
  • Illuminated scuff plates
  • Push-button shifter
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • SYNC 3 infotainment system
  • 11-speaker Lincoln premium audio system
  • SiriusXM
  • Two USB ports
  • 10-way power front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Leatherette seating
  • Driver-seat memory
  • Adaptive HID headlights
  • LED signature lighting
  • LED taillights
  • Body-color door handles with chrome inserts
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Satin-aluminum grille
  • Acoustic front glass
  • Tinted glass
  • Keyless entry
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Ford MyKey

Hybrid Base: $35,995

  • All Base features, plus
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and hybrid system
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Regenerative braking
  • Spare tire delete
  • Tire mobility kit
  • Dual LCD SmartGauge® with EcoGuide
  • Adaptive cruise control with full-stop

Reserve I: $38,995

  • All Base features, plus
  • Genuine wood door, steering wheel and instrument panel trim
  • Ambient lighting
  • Three 12-volt power outlets
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering
  • Power trunk lid
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Two rear USB ports
  • Auto-folding, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lights
  • Voice-activated navigation
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • Leather seating
  • Adaptive cruise control with full-stop

Hybrid Reserve I: $38,995

  • All Reserve I features, plus
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and hybrid system
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Regenerative braking
  • Spare tire delete
  • Tire mobility kit
  • Dual LCD SmartGauge® with EcoGuide
  • Adaptive cruise control with full-stop

Reserve II: $44,995

  • All Reserve I features, plus
  • 19-inch satin-finish seven-spoke wheels with painted pockets
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist
  • Front parking sensors
  • 20-speaker Revel audio system
  • HD Radio
  • Perforated leather seats
  • Multicontour front seats with Active Motion
  • Heated rear seats
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Moonroof
  • Premium floor mats

Hybrid Reserve II: $44,995

  • All Reserve II features, plus
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and hybrid system
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Regenerative braking
  • Spare tire delete
  • Tire mobility kit
  • Dual LCD SmartGauge® with EcoGuide
  • Adaptive cruise control with full-stop

Who Should Buy the 2019 Buick LaCrosse?

Looking for European-style luxury without the European price tag? The Buick LaCrosse delivers just that with its swoopy exterior and shapely cabin.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Lincoln MKZ?

Buyers who want to save big on fuel or need big performance from their luxury sedan will be best suited in the MKZ. Also, those who prefer the American take on luxury will appreciate the MKZ’s styling.

Ready to cruise the streets of Saginaw, Michigan in the luxurious 2019 Buick LaCrosse? Stop by the Garber Buick new-car showroom serving Saginaw, Midland, and Bay City to test drive the LaCrosse. If you can’t make it in today, you can also check out our online inventory to see what 2019 Buick LaCrosse models we have in stock.

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