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Compare 2017 Lincoln MKZ vs Cadillac CTS Review

2017 Lincoln MKZ vs Cadillac CTS
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2017 Lincoln MKZ vs Cadillac CTS

Serving Paramus, Clifton, and Hackensack, NJ

For customers who want their midsize sedans with a heightened level of premium quality, there are entries like the Lincoln MKZ and the Cadillac CTS, two of the most amenity-rich cars in the segment. Both birthed in the early half of the 2000s, both vehicles enter the 2017 model year firmly established among the top-tier luxury midsize sedans. Although each car has a lot to offer, it’s the MKZ that pulls ahead of the CTS based on the following three attributes:


For the 2017 model year, the Lincoln MKZ is singled out for recognition by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which works to reduce the number of crashes and injuries involving vehicles by administering a series of tests. The 2017 Lincoln MKZ gets a “Top Safety Pick” designation, since it earned the best possible rating (“Good”) in the five categories that constitute the organization’s Crashworthiness Test, as well as the best possible rating (“Superior”) for front crash prevention. The 2017 Cadillac CTS does not get that coveted “Top Safety Pick” award because it gets a less-than-impressive “Marginal” rating in the Small Overlap Front portion of the Crashworthiness Test. That means it is less effective in preventing injury when it collides with another vehicle or a stationary object like a tree or utility pole. And although it is also rated “Superior” in avoiding front crashes, the IIHS deems the CTS as marginally less effective in doing so than the Lincoln MKZ.


J.D. Power gives each new car a Power Circle rating to gauge its long-term reliability. The car research information firm does so by aggregating reported issues during the first 90 days of ownership. On a scale of 1 to 5 Power Circles, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ gets a near-perfect 4.5. This puts the vehicle among the best in its class in terms of predicted reliability. The 2017 Cadillac CTS does not do too badly in J.D. Power’s assessment, receiving 3.5 out of 5 Power Circles. However, that’s a significant drop from the MKZ’s rating; it puts the CTS as a middling ride within its class. Thus, you are better off with the MKZ if you want to increase your chances of owning a luxury midsize sedan for a long time with little to no problems.

Fuel Economy

Although the 2017 Lincoln MKZ and the 2017 Cadillac CTS are known for their huge and powerful V6 engines, their manufacturers do offer a more fuel-efficient option. Each car can be equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder that produces more than 200 horsepower for quick acceleration, while consuming a relatively minimal amount of gasoline. However, if you do a lot of driving on the highway, you might want to go for that of the MKZ. While the Lincoln car gets an estimated peak rating of 32 mpg, the Cadillac can manage up to 31 mpg.

Can’t wait to see what the big deal is with the 2017 Lincoln MKZ, and why it’s a better choice than the 2017 Cadillac CTS? From our home base at Paramus to surrounding areas like Paterson, Clifton, Passaic, and Ridgewood, we are the premier Lincoln dealership in the region. Come to our showroom, take the new MKZ for a test drive, and sit down with one of our specialists regarding your specifications and financing options.