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Lincoln MKC vs Cadillac SRX

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24350 W 12 Mile Rd.
Directions Southfield, MI 48034

  • Sales: (888) 337-6151
  • Service: (888) 356-1278
  • Parts: (888) 379-2802

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  • Monday 9:00AM - 9:00PM
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Two of the oldest car makers in existence, Lincoln and Cadillac have been battling each other for supremacy in the American luxury market for nearly 100 years. Over that time, plenty of vehicles have come and gone, with new ones springing up again to take their place.

While the SUV segment is one of the newest segments, particularly for luxury automakers, it is also one of the fastest-growing and strongest segments out there. It should be no surprise that both Cadillac and Lincoln have strong entries that provide versatility, everyday use, and luxury comfort. Both the Lincoln MKC and the Cadillac SRX may appeal to the buyer, but only one of them can be the king of the American compact crossover.

Superior Efficiency with Capable Power

At Cadillac, the V6 engine rules - all you can choose from under the hood of the SRX is a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 308 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. You do have the choice between front- and all-wheel drive though. Properly equipped, the SRX can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

In the Lincoln MKC, you get choice. Select from a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine or a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine - the former is available in both front- and all-wheel drive, while the latter is all-wheel-drive only. The 2.0-liter engine brings 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque to the table, while the 2.3-liter engine provides 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, the MKC can tow up to 3,000 pounds.

 

While power and performance is almost identical - the MKC with the 2.3-liter engine accelerates up to 60 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds versus 7.0 seconds for the Cadillac - there is a much wider gulf at the fuel pump. For the SRX, the best you can hope for is 17 MPG city and 24 MPG highway, if you're alright with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive cuts that to 16 MPG city and 23 MPG highway. In the Lincoln MKC, the worst you'll get is 18 MPG city and 26 MPG highway, in the all-wheel drive 2.3-liter edition. If you're fine with the 2.0-liter engine, Auto Start-Stop Technology means it can get 19 MPG city and 25 MPG highway with all-wheel drive, or 21 MPG city and 28 MPG highway with front-wheel drive.

So, do you want to save those .2 seconds in acceleration, or hundreds of dollars every year at the gas pump? We think it's a pretty easy choice.

A Little Extra Room Goes a Long Way

A few extra inches in the seating areas may not seem like much on paper, but after a few hours on the road, an inch can be the difference between being weary or being refreshed. While the Lincoln MKC and the SRX are even up front in terms of head room, the MKC offers 42.8 inches of leg room, versus 41.2 inches in the front seats of the SRX. Adjusting the passenger seat for comfort is easier in the MKC thanks to standard four-way power adjustment and available 10-way power adjustment. The front-seat passenger in the SRX is stuck with manual four-way adjustment standard, or 8-way power adjustability optional.

 

It's a similar story in the back seats, with the MKC offering 38.7 inches of head room, which leads the luxury compact crossover segment. It also provides 36.8 inches of leg room, a half inch more than the SRX. A half-inch may not sound like much, until you're in the second hour of your road trip. Heated outboard rear seats are available on two trim levels of the MKC, while only the top trim level of the SRX has heated rear seating.

Little Things Add Up

The equipment lists might look fairly similar between the two vehicles, but as with many luxury items, the smallest difference can highlight a bigger gap. For instance, both the Lincoln MKC and Cadillac SRX offer a power liftgate. The difference? It is standard on the MKC, while only available on certain trim levels of the SRX. Plus, the Lincoln offers the hands-free, foot-activated liftgate so you don't have to put down whatever you may be carrying to reach for a fob. The Cadillac doesn't have that option - you'll always have to set your items on the ground, or balance them precariously on a knee while searching for your keyfob.

 

Another area where the Lincoln MKC excels is when it comes to integrating technology into the cabin. While both vehicles offer an advanced infotainment system, the CUE system in the Cadillac SRX is slow to respond, has a steep learning curve, and is overall difficult to integrate into everyday use. The SYNC 3 system in the Lincoln MKC, on the other hand, has been lauded as one of the most powerful, yet most user-friendly infotainment systems on the market.

PSA

"Sharing a platform with the Ford Escape, the 5-passenger MKC features unique interior/exterior styling as well as a wide spectrum of Lincoln-specific mechanical and feature upgrades that endow it with elevated levels of refinement and performance." - Kelley Blue Book

 

"The 2015 Cadillac SRX is a solid choice for an entry-level luxury crossover SUV… Competitors offer more powerful and efficient engine options, though, and, in many cases, do a better job of integrating technology in the cabin." Edmunds

Extra Points for Style

There's a noticeable style difference between the two vehicles, and it can make all the difference. The Lincoln MKC offers a sweeping grille, graceful lines, and a flowing roofline. The Cadillac SRX is more angular, with a hard, upright front fascia that looks more like a toy than a luxury automobile. Style is, of course, a matter of taste, but refinement is inarguable.

Is It Worth It?

Standing side-by-side, the Lincoln MKC and the Cadillac SRX may seem like a pretty close pair, with the Lincoln coming out a little bit ahead. That is, until you turn over the price tag and see that comparatively equipped versions of the SRX come with an MSRP that is $10,000 more than an MKC. When you take that into consideration, there's no doubt - the economy, comfort, and luxurious styling of the Lincoln MKC is clearly the better choice in the compact crossover segment.

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