Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Cadillac ATS VS 2013 Lincoln MKZ Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Cadillac ATS

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2013 Lincoln MKZ

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the Cadillac ATS’ rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Lincoln MKZ doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

Both the ATS and MKZ have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The ATS has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The MKZ’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The ATS offers optional Intelligent Brake Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKZ offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Cadillac ATS has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The MKZ doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the ATS and the MKZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The ATS’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the MKZ’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the ATS for 4 years and 50,000 miles. Cadillac will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Lincoln doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the MKZ.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Engine Comparison

The ATS has more powerful engines than the MKZ:



ATS 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

202 HP

190 lbs.-ft.

ATS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

272 HP

260 lbs.-ft.


321 HP

274 lbs.-ft.

MKZ Hybrid 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

188 HP


MKZ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.


300 HP

277 lbs.-ft.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the ATS’ brake rotors are larger than those on the MKZ 2.0 Turbo/V6:



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

The ATS’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the MKZ are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The ATS’ optional 255/35R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the MKZ’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires optional on the ATS can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The MKZ doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the ATS FE3’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (36 feet vs. 38 feet). The ATS FE2’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (36.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Cadillac ATS may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

The ATS is 11.3 inches shorter than the MKZ, making the ATS easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the ATS 2.0T/V6 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The MKZ doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The ATS has .7 inches more front headroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the MKZ.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the ATS easier. The ATS’ trunk lift-over height is 28 inches, while the MKZ’s liftover is 29.8 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The ATS offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The MKZ doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The ATS offers an optional locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The MKZ doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

When the ATS with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The MKZ’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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