2011 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKZ

2012 Lincoln MKZ

10.0

Winner

Lincoln MKZ

starting from

$35,520
"There are no complaints about the power."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKZ's engine
"Smart electronics integration."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKZ's controls

Reasons to buy the Lincoln MKZ

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Has auxiliary audio input
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Average-sized back seats
44.4 ft3
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Leather
Standard
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Average-sized front seats
54.0 ft3
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6

9.2

Runner-up

Cadillac CTS 3.6

starting from

$39,225
"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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OK cornering
0.9 g
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Worse drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
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Average 0-60 time
6.1 seconds
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.8
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • The MKZ '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 MKZ 's satellite radio; in the CTS 3.6, too, but it'll cost
  • The MKZ has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 8
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • The MKZ has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • The MKZ 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CTS 3.6
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 54.0 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the MKZ
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • The MKZ has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • The best price we've seen is $3,705 cheaper (around 10% less), $35,520 vs $39,225
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither offers paddle shifters
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.2

Entertainment System

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Number of speakers 9 vs 8 The MKZ has an OK number of speakers, while the CTS 3.6 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 Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the MKZ 's satellite radio; in the CTS 3.6, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The MKZ can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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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 Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Practicality

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 473 miles vs 486 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 16.5 ft3 vs 10.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.0 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3 The MKZ has average-sized front seats, while the CTS 3.6 is very cramped
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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 Standard vs Not Available The MKZ '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 8 vs 4 The MKZ has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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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 MKZ

Safety Features

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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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 6 vs 5 The MKZ has a good number of airbags, but the CTS 3.6 is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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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

Cost

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MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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MSRP $35,520 vs $39,225 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 18 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

Crash Test Ratings

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Horsepower 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 304 HP @ 6,400 RPM The CTS 3.6 is of average power, but the MKZ is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The MKZ 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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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 13.7 lb/hp vs 12.9 lb/hp Both have OK 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 Unknown vs 35.9 ft

Road Tests

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 6.1 seconds The CTS 3.6's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the MKZ is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 142 ft vs 108 ft The CTS 3.6 has above average braking ability, but the MKZ is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.7 s @ 93 mph vs 14.6 s @ 96 mph The CTS 3.6's 1/4 mile time is average, but the MKZ 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.9 g The CTS 3.6 has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average MKZ
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Top speed Unknown vs 146 mph

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 CTS-V 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 CTS CTS-V vs Corvette Z06
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition CTS CTS-V vs GT-R Black Edition
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKS MKZ vs MKS
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2012 Ford Fusion SEL MKZ vs Fusion SEL
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Lincoln MKX MKZ vs MKX
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2012 Buick LaCrosse MKZ vs LaCrosse
2012 Lincoln MKZ 2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport MKZ vs C300 Sport

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for Jay Boogie Jay Boogie (6:47 AM, November 13, 2013)
You can't really compare the 2 because the Mkz sits in it the shadow of the Fusion.Which is not necessarily a bad thing. While still a nice car offering more standard features and a hybrid option the Mkz is not a direct competitor to the Cts nor the better car.Ford is capable of dropping a Bomb Shell yet pulls out a pack of sparkles in this case. Which is upsetting because Ford has owned some very storied and premium nameplates in the luxury segment(ASTON&JAG).While those former offerings were considered high end ,What happened to the trickle down affect? Ford still has the tech,the engineers and the designers!...Come On Now Ford being gun shy will get you executed these days. and that's not a good look for the Lincoln brand