The similarities between the 2020 Lincoln MKZ and the 2020 Acura TLX are plentiful. Each model offers performance, style, and handling.

However, Ray Price Lincoln compared the 2020 Lincoln MKZ vs. Acura TLX to highlight the key differences between these two models. This makes it easier for everyone around Stroudsburg, Lehigh Valley, Easton, and Nazareth to choose the model that's best for them.

Learn more: Read our full 2020 Lincoln MKZ Review!

Performance Comparison

Both the Lincoln MKZ and Acura TLX have engines that give you the performance you crave. While Acura strives to pair efficiency with the power luxury shoppers are after, Lincoln does a much better job with the Lincoln MKZ. Really, the Lincoln MKZ may feasibly serve as the most athletic and efficient offering within the Lincoln model portfolio.

To get started, the Lincoln MKZ touts a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with the ability to put up 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Turning to the Acura TLX, the base motor is paltry in comparison, generating just 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque from its 4-cylinder frame.

So, what happens when you bump up to the strongest available motor for each 2020 luxury sedan? The power discrepancy grows. The Acura TLX can be had with a V6 motor, which ramps up the horsepower to 290 and the torque to 267 lb-ft.

Lincoln also places a V6 into the Lincoln MKZ. With the V6 twin-turbocharged 3.0L under the hood, your Lincoln MKZ will boast 350 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.

2020 Fuel-Efficiency Estimates

Perhaps the aspect of performance you're most concerned with isn't the power output, but rather the return on fuel economy. Both the 2020 Lincoln MKZ and the competing Acura TLX strive to create high efficiency figures similar to the power outputs, and the raw numbers heavily favor the Lincoln MKZ.

At best, you can have the Acura TLX with the 4-cylinder motor, which would give you an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 city/33 highway MPG.

The big difference when comparing these models is the Lincoln MKZ offers a third motor, compared to the pair of engines from Acura.

This third engine in the Lincoln MKZ is a hybrid 2.0L that meshes electric power with gas power to create 188 system net horsepower. For fuel economy, the returns are some of the strongest in the segment, with an EPA-estimated 42 city/39 highway MPG.1

2020 Lincoln MKZ vs Acura TLX: Safety & Connective Technology

Extensive safety features can be found throughout the 2020 Lincoln MKZ and Acura TLX to keep you protected behind the wheel.

Many of these features are in the driver-assistance mold, with automated responses to potentially dangerous situations, which helps keep you and your passengers safe.

Additionally, staying connected to your sedan even when you aren't around it is another technological emphasis.


When looking at the Lincoln MKZ, the Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection will help you avoid potential accidents by alerting you if you come too close to either a vehicle or pedestrian. Also, active braking may automatically apply if an accident is considered imminent. The Acura TLX also has similar systems within the car.

So, where does the safety divide come from between the sedans? Well, at the standard level, the Lincoln MKZ offers a SecuriCode™ keyless entry keypad, a SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system, a remote keyless entry system, and an anti-theft perimeter alarm. With Acura, the anti-theft features are limited to a theft-deterrent system with electronic immobilizer.


When looking at technology, The Lincoln Way™ App and Lincoln Connect™ form a unique and convenient way to interact with your Lincoln MKZ. Some of the features included allow you to start your Lincoln MKZ remotely, locate your vehicle in a crowded lot, and lock or unlock the doors.

At the standard trim, you'll enjoy a 10.1-inch configurable LCD gauge cluster with message center, the Lincoln premium audio system with 11 speakers, and the sharp SYNC® 3 infotainment interface.

Acura does what it can to make the TLX as appealing as possible, but the gap in infotainment is vast. For starters, the best sound system you can have offers just 10 speakers, lower than the base offering with Lincoln. As you move up the available list of features and in-cabin technology, Acura does nothing to separate itself from the same offerings in the 2020 Lincoln MKZ.

Exterior Style

Luxury has been ingrained within both the Lincoln MKZ and Acura TLX, helping each model garner attention and praise. As you dive into the specific features of each luxury sedan, though, the same trend can be spotted in this section, as was obvious in other sections-the Lincoln MKZ gives you more for less.

Take a look at some of the standard features, for instance. While the LED headlights of the Acura are pretty and eye-catching, Lincoln does you one better with the adaptive HID headlamps with LED signature lighting and LED taillamps.

You can even look at the quality of the glass in each sedan. Both feature some level of acoustic isolation, yet the Lincoln MKZ comes standard with solar tinted glass, while the Acura doesn't offer this feature on any trim level!

2020 Lincoln MKZ vs 22020 Acura TLX: Conclusion

While both these models make for a luxurious, powerful ride, the 2020 Lincoln MKZ has so much appeal, thanks to its mix of style and performance.

For anyone car-shopping around Stroudsburg, Lehigh Valley, Easton, or Nazareth, taking the 2020 Lincoln MKZ out for a spin is the best way to be sure this car is for you.

Thankfully, Ray Price Lincoln makes this simple. Just contact our showroom, and you can schedule your very own test drive today!

1EPA-estimated city/highway MPG. See for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary.

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