2011 Cadillac
STS
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKZ

2012 Lincoln MKZ

9.8

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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More airbags
6
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Plenty of cupholders
8
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Folding rear seats
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2011 Cadillac STS

9.6

Runner-up

Cadillac STS

starting from

$48,155

Reasons to buy the Cadillac STS

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Worse drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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More speakers
15
Entertainment System 8.9 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac STS Winner: STS
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  • The STS has 6 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 15 vs 9
  • The STS 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The STS 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
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 folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the STS
  • The MKZ 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the STS
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Lincoln MKZ Winner: MKZ
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  • The best price we've seen is $12,635 cheaper (around 30% less), $35,520 vs $48,155
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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
Performance - vs -
Missing information
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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
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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Number of speakers 9 vs 15 The STS has an extraordinary amount of speakers, and the MKZ is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The STS 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the MKZ does not
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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 STS , 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 Yes The STS has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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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 STS Cadillac
STS
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 473 miles vs 459 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 16.5 ft3 vs 13.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.0 ft3 vs 55.9 ft3 The STS has roomy front seats and the MKZ is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The MKZ 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the STS
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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 STS
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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

Cost

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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MSRP $35,520 vs $48,155 The MKZ has a great price and the STS is pretty reasonable
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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

Safety Features

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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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 STS 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

Luxury Features

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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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

Performance

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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Horsepower 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 302 HP @ 6,300 RPM The STS 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 Standard The STS comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the MKZ
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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 13.2 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 Unknown

Road Tests

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 6.4 seconds The STS '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 133 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.7 s @ 93 mph vs 14.9 s @ 97 mph The STS 's 1/4 mile time is average, but the MKZ 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Lincoln
MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the MKZ
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

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