2011 Cadillac
CTS
vs. 2011 Lincoln
MKS

2011 Lincoln MKS

10.0

Winner

Lincoln MKS

starting from

$42,375
"Good power and fuel economy from the turbocharged V6."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKS's performance
"Has the potential to battle for the hearts and minds of luxury car buyers."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKS's external styling

Reasons to buy the Lincoln MKS

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Has auxiliary audio input
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Leather
Standard
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Spacious back seats
49.5 ft3
2011 Cadillac CTS

9.6

Runner-up

Cadillac CTS

starting from

$36,205
"The biggest surprise though, would have to be the transmission...we were glad to have it."
automobilemag.com | talking about the CTS's transmission
"The FE3 suspension on our tester manages the car’s considerable weight with supreme competence, keeping body motions in check through quick switchbacks."
automobilemag.com | talking about the CTS's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Cadillac CTS

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Worse drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
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Average highway fuel efficiency
26 mpg
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Folding rear seats
Optional
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OK performance
14.3 lb/hp
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • The MKS 's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the MKS 's satellite radio; in the CTS , too, but it'll cost
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • The MKS 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CTS
  • The MKS has 2 more cupholders, 6 vs 4
  • Almost the same, 56.4 ft3 vs 54.0 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the MKS
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac CTS Winner: CTS
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  • The best price we've seen is $6,170 cheaper (more than 10% less), $36,205 vs $42,375
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Underpowered
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 6 vs 8 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the MKS 's satellite radio; in the CTS , too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The MKS can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Yes Both have subwoofers for a richer bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Practicality

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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 456 miles vs 468 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 18.4 ft3 vs 13.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.4 ft3 vs 54.0 ft3 The MKS has roomy front seats and the CTS is OK
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Optional The CTS offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the MKS
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The MKS 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CTS
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 4 The MKS has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a 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 Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the MKS

Cost

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MSRP $42,375 vs $36,205 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 16 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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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 None vs OnStar

Crash Test Ratings

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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 270 HP @ 7,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the MKS 's semi-automatic transmission and the CTS 's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The MKS comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the CTS
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.4 lb/hp vs 14.3 lb/hp The CTS has OK performance while the MKS gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs Unknown

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 7.5 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 15.4 s @ 90 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 134 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost 2011 Ford Taurus SHO MKS Ecoboost vs Taurus SHO
2011 Lincoln MKS 2012 Buick LaCrosse MKS vs LaCrosse
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