2019 Cadillac CT6 vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CT6’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Continental doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the CT6 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Continental doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The CT6 Premium Luxury/Platinum/Sport has standard Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Continental doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the CT6 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Continental doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the CT6 and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The CT6’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Continental’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

The battery on the CT6 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the CT6’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Continental’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The CT6 has more powerful engines than the Continental:

 

Horsepower

Torque

CT6 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

265 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

CT6 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

285 lbs.-ft.

CT6 3.0 turbo V6

404 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

CT6 V-Sport 4.2 turbo V8

550 HP

627 lbs.-ft.

Continental 3.7 DOHC V6

305 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Continental 2.7 turbo V6

335 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Continental 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac CT6 twin turbo V6 is faster than the Lincoln Continental 3.0 twin turbo V6:

 

CT6

Continental

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105 MPH

99.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CT6 gets better fuel mileage than the Continental:

 

 

 

MPG

CT6

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/27 hwy

 

 

3.0 turbo V6

18 city/26 hwy

Continental

 

FWD

3.7 DOHC V6

17 city/26 hwy

 

 

2.7 turbo V6

18 city/27 hwy

 

AWD

3.7 DOHC V6

16 city/24 hwy

 

 

2.7 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

 

 

3.0 turbo V6

16 city/24 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CT6 V6/V8’s fuel efficiency. The Continental doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The CT6 has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Continental (19.5 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac CT6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

Brakes and Stopping

The CT6’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Continental are solid, not vented.

The CT6 stops much shorter than the Continental:

 

CT6

Continental

 

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CT6’s wheelbase is 4.5 inches longer than on the Continental (122.4 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

The CT6’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.2% to 48.8%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the CT6 more stable handling and braking.

The CT6 AWD handles at .88 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CT6 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Continental Black Label AWD (25.4 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CT6’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Continental’s (40 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

The Cadillac CT6 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 500 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the CT6 is quieter than the Continental Reserve AWD (72 vs. 73 dB).

Passenger Space

The CT6 has 14.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Continental (121.2 vs. 106.4).

The CT6 has .9 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Continental.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style and remote trunk release lockout, the CT6 offers cargo security. The Continental’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the CT6 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Continental. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With an 11% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Continental, the CT6 Premium Luxury/Platinum/Sport has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, suspension setting, outside mirror angle and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The CT6’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Continental does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The CT6 Luxury/Premium Luxury/Platinum has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Continental doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

When the CT6 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Continental’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CT6 is less expensive to operate than the Continental because typical repairs cost much less on the CT6 than the Continental, including $292 less for a muffler, $123 less for front struts, $476 less for a timing belt/chain and $400 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Cadillac CT6 outsold the Lincoln Continental by 10% during 2018.

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