2011 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
vs. 2011 Lincoln
MKS

2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6

9.9

starting from

$42,605
"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 3.6

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Good braking distance from 60mph
108 ft
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Mediocre cornering
0.84 g
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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Worse drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
2011 Lincoln MKS

9.4

Runner-up

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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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Spacious back seats
49.5 ft3
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Spacious front seats
56.4 ft3
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Power outlets
Standard
Road Tests 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • The CTS 3.6 needs more than 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 108 ft vs 139 ft
  • The CTS 3.6 can change direction more than 10% faster, 0.84 g vs 0.75 g
  • The CTS 3.6 hits 60mph more than 10% faster, 6.5 seconds vs 7.5 seconds
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • The CTS 3.6 has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the MKS
Practicality 9.4 vs 10.0
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 3.6
  • The MKS has 2 more cupholders, 6 vs 4
  • Almost the same, 56.4 ft3 vs 54.0 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Overall 9.9 vs 9.4

Road Tests

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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0-60 mph 6.5 seconds vs 7.5 seconds The CTS 3.6's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the MKS is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 108 ft vs 139 ft The CTS 3.6 has above average braking ability, but the MKS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 14.9 s @ 95 mph vs 15.4 s @ 90 mph The CTS 3.6's 1/4 mile time is average, but the MKS 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.84 g vs 0.75 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 146 mph vs 134 mph The CTS 3.6's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the MKS is just OK

Entertainment System

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CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The CTS 3.6 has an OK number of speakers, while the MKS has very few
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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 Standard Both come standard with 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 Yes vs Yes Both have subwoofers for a richer bass sound
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the MKS

Practicality

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 486 miles vs 456 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 13.6 ft3 vs 18.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.0 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3 The MKS has roomy front seats and the CTS 3.6 is OK
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folding rear seats Optional vs Not Available The CTS 3.6 offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the MKS
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The MKS 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CTS 3.6
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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 4 vs 6 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

Cost

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CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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MSRP $42,605 vs $42,375 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 17 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

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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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

Luxury Features

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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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

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Lincoln
MKS
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Horsepower 304 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 270 HP @ 6,250 RPM The CTS 3.6 is of average power, but the MKS 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 MKS 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The MKS comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the CTS 3.6
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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 12.7 lb/hp vs 15.4 lb/hp The CTS 3.6 has OK performance while the MKS gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 39.7 ft

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Chrysler 300 300C CTS 3.6 vs 300 300C
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2012 Buick LaCrosse CTS 3.6 vs LaCrosse
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Cadillac STS CTS 3.6 vs STS
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 CTS 3.6 vs Corvette Z06
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Dodge Charger R/T CTS 3.6 vs Charger R/T
2011 Lincoln MKS 2012 Lincoln MKZ MKS vs MKZ
2011 Lincoln MKS 2011 Ford Taurus SHO MKS vs Taurus SHO
2011 Lincoln MKS 2011 Lincoln MKX MKS vs MKX
2011 Lincoln MKS 2012 Chevrolet Impala LT MKS vs Impala LT
2011 Lincoln MKS 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 MKS vs E350

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