Compare Lincoln MKS vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Compare the Lincoln MKS against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the MKS stacks up against the E-Class in terms of performance, features, safety, prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new MKS or E-Class. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2012 Lincoln MKS 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2012 Lincoln MKS 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4dr Sdn 3.7L V6 FWD
  • 4dr Sdn 3.7L V6 FWD
  • 4dr Sdn 3.7L V6 AWD
  • 4dr Sdn 3.5L V6 AWD w/EcoBoost
E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Sport Sedan
  • E350 Luxury BlueTEC Sedan
  • E350 Sport BlueTEC Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Luxury Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Sport Sedan
  • E550 4MATIC Sport Sedan


MSRP $41,500 $50,490  
Invoice $39,035 $46,956
Avg. Paid $24,103 $32,742

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.2 9.0  
Critics' Rating 6.6 9.2
Performance 6.8 8.4
Interior 8.0 8.4
Cost to Own 8.6 7.8
Safety 9.7 10.0
Reliability 4.5 5.0

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious interior
  • Large trunk
  • Exceptional reliability rating
  • Lavish interior
  • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
  • Spacious rear seat
  • Less agile than rivals
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Poor fuel economy for the class
  • Not as sporty as some rivals

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.7L/227 Gas V6 3.5L/213
MPG 17 City / 25 Hwy 20 City / 30 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan  


Wheelbase(in) 112.9 113.1  
Length, Overall (in) 204.1 191.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.9 75.9
Height, Overall (in) 61.6 57.7

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Dual Moonroof Optional  
Sun/Moon Roof Optional Standard
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4151 4045  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard  
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Optional
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard Optional
Keyless Start Standard Optional
Rear Parking Aid Standard Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 105.8 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 39.7 37.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.6 57.8
Front Hip Room (in) 55.3 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 38.6 38.2
Second Leg Room (in) 38.6 35.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.4 56.9
Second Hip Room (in) 55.3 - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 18.4 15.9


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Optional Optional
Entertainment System Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard  
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional  
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard


Leather Seats Standard Optional  
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Standard Optional
Heated Driver Seat Standard Optional
Heated Rear Seat Standard Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard Standard
Seat Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Optional
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Optional
Bucket Seats Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Night Vision Optional
Rollover Protection System Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard  
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.7L/227 3.5L/213
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 273 @ 6250 302 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 270 @ 4250 273 @ 3500-5250
Transmission Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 39.7 36.2


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.0 23.5


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent  
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs


Automatic Standard Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.