When we compare the Cadillac CTS's and the Lincoln MKZ's specifications and ratings, the Cadillac CTS has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, interior volume and base engine power. The Lincoln MKZ has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, reliability, resale value and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Cadillac CTS's and the Lincoln MKZ's specifications and ratings, the Lincoln MKZ is a better car than the Cadillac CTS.
Cadillac CTS vs. Lincoln MKZ Pricing
A used 2019 Cadillac CTS ranges from $24,418 to $36,651 while a used 2019 Lincoln MKZ is priced between $22,480 to $33,950.
Cadillac CTS vs. Lincoln MKZ Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Cadillac CTS loses 58.2 percent of its value and the Lincoln MKZ loses 53.6 percent of its value. This means the Lincoln MKZ retains 4.6 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Cadillac CTS.
Cadillac CTS vs. Lincoln MKZ Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Cadillac CTS is 8.2 out of 10 while the Lincoln MKZ's quality rating is 8.7 out of 10. This results in the Cadillac CTS being ranked 11 out of 29 Best Luxury Midsize Cars and the Lincoln MKZ being ranked 5 out of 29.
Cadillac CTS vs. Lincoln MKZ Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Cadillac CTS is 8.0 out of 10. For the Lincoln MKZ the reliability rating is 8.5 out of 10. This gives the Lincoln MKZ a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Cadillac CTS.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Cadillac CTS’s base engine makes 268 horsepower, and the Lincoln MKZ base engine makes 245 horsepower. The CTS is rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 570 miles. The MKZ is rated to deliver an average of 24 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 512 miles. This gives the Cadillac CTS the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Lincoln MKZ. The CTS uses premium unleaded, and the MKZ uses regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are midsize cars, the Cadillac CTS has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front leg room and rear head room. The Lincoln MKZ has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Cadillac CTS and the Lincoln MKZ have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.