Trust me, I know these cars couldn't seem more different, but my wife and I are looking for a replacement for her aging '05 TSX, and it has come down to a new Civic Touring or a loaded CPO Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
We like both cars, obviously for different reasons, yet they do share many similarities. They both cost about the same to purchase, have a nearly identical feature list (LED lighting, navigation, adaptive cruise, lane keeping assist, keyless go, remote start, rain sensing wipers, heated front and rear seats), return about the same MPG and burn regular gas. The Lincoln has much more presence, is more luxurious, and has the best ride quality, but the Civic Touring is just more fun to drive, and is probably a bit more practical. Having driven sport compacts my entire life, the Civic feels more 'natural' to me. However, I am fascinated by the technology and silent propulsion provided by the Lincoln. Fully loaded CPO MKZ Hybrids are a great buy with the original warranty, and a CPO warranty makes them even more attractive.
The biggest complaints on both cars seem to center around the electronics interface, neither of which I am very concerned about. I think my biggest concern is the reliability of the Lincoln Hybrid in comparison to the Civic. My gut tells me that the Civic would probably end up being more reliable, as the last thing I want is for my wife to be stranded by a car. That said, I would be interested in any thoughts on this admittedly unusual comparison.