2011 Buick
Enclave CXL
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKT

2012 Lincoln MKT

10.0

Winner

Lincoln MKT

starting from

$45,175
"MKT brings to the party a confident driving demeanor."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKT's handling
"Quiet interior."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKT's noise

Reasons to buy the Lincoln MKT

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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Moon roof
Standard
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Power outlets
Standard
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OK braking distance from 60mph
137 ft
2011 Buick Enclave CXL

9.7

Runner-up

Buick Enclave CXL

starting from

$41,790

Reasons to buy the Buick Enclave CXL

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Power steering
Standard
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Good cargo space
115.0 ft3
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Average power
288 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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Roof rails
Standard
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • Almost the same
Performance 9.5 vs 10.0
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • Almost the same
  • The MKT 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • The Enclave CXL's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Longer basic warranty
  • Longer-lasting basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.7 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the MKT 's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Performance

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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Horsepower 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,250 RPM The Enclave CXL is of average power, but the MKT is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The MKT 's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The MKT comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Enclave CXL
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.3 lb/hp vs 17.5 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Enclave CXL has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 ft vs 42.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Enclave CXL's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the MKT does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Enclave CXL, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Standard Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Enclave CXL

Cost

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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MSRP $41,790 vs $45,175 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 17 mpg The MKT has great city mileage and the Enclave CXL is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Road Tests

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs 137 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.2 s s @ 87.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.75 g The Enclave CXL has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average MKT
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Practicality

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Lincoln MKT Lincoln
MKT
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Passengers 8 vs 7 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 115.0 ft3 vs 75.9 ft3 The Enclave CXL has lots of cargo room, but the MKT has very little
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front seats 59.9 ft3 vs 56.2 ft3 The Enclave CXL has average-sized front seats, while the MKT is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1,479 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Optional vs Standard The MKT 's standard power outlet will keep your gadgets charged; requires optional upgrade on the Enclave CXL
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Enclave CXL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the MKT
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Cupholders 6 vs 6 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Enclave CXL vs Traverse LS
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Cadillac SRX Enclave CXL vs SRX
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Enclave CXL vs Highlander SE
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Enclave CXL vs Tahoe LTZ
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Nissan Murano LE Enclave CXL vs Murano LE
2012 Lincoln MKT 2011 Ford Explorer Limited MKT vs Explorer Limited
2012 Lincoln MKT 2011 Lincoln MKX MKT vs MKX
2012 Lincoln MKT 2012 GMC Acadia SLE MKT vs Acadia SLE
2012 Lincoln MKT 2012 Ford Flex SE MKT vs Flex SE
2012 Lincoln MKT 2011 Lincoln MKS MKT vs MKS

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