Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Lincoln MKS VS 2015 Cadillac CTS Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Lincoln MKS

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2015 Cadillac CTS

Safety Comparison

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Both the MKS and the CTS Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Lincoln MKS is safer than the Cadillac CTS Sedan:

MKS

CTS Sedan

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

204

Leg Forces (l/r)

68/69 lbs.

277/456 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

218

328

Neck Injury Risk

32%

45%

Neck Stress

144 lbs.

200 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

26 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Lincoln MKS is safer than the Cadillac CTS Sedan:

MKS

CTS Sedan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

103

113

Abdominal Force

173 G’s

189 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

49 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

743 lbs.

892 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the MKS second among midsize premium cars in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The CTS Sedan isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln MKS ECOBoost is faster than the Cadillac CTS Sedan V6:

MKS

CTS Sedan

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.6 MPH

96.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lincoln MKS uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 3.5 turbo V6 engine for maximum performance). The CTS Sedan Vsport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the MKS’ brake rotors are larger than those on the CTS Sedan:

MKS

CTS Sedan

CTS Sedan Vsport

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

12.4 inches

12.4 inches

The MKS stops shorter than the CTS Sedan:

MKS

CTS Sedan

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKS has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CTS Sedan. The MKS’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the CTS Sedan.

The MKS has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the CTS Sedan, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The MKS’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The CTS Sedan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the MKS is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CTS Sedan.

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the MKS is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the CTS Sedan is rated a Mid-size.

The MKS has 8.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CTS Sedan (105.8 vs. 97).

The MKS has 1.5 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom, 2 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the CTS Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The MKS has a much larger trunk than the CTS Sedan (19.2 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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If the windows are left down on the MKS the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the CTS Sedan can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKS’ exterior PIN entry system. The CTS Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The MKS’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The CTS Sedan’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the MKS’ headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the CTS Sedan’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The MKS’ standard air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. Air conditioned front seats cost extra on the CTS Sedan.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Lincoln MKS won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue. The Cadillac CTS Sedan didn't win any award.

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