2019 Cadillac XT5 vs. 2018 Lincoln MKX

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The XT5’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac XT5 are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Lincoln MKX has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

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 XT5 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XT5 offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the XT5 and the Lincoln MKX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.


The XT5’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Lincoln MKX’s (6 vs. 5 years).


A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the XT5’s reliability 11 points higher than the Lincoln MKX.


The XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 7 more horsepower (310 vs. 303) than the Lincoln MKX’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Cadillac XT5 is faster than the Lincoln MKX twin turbo V6:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.3 sec

11.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.8 sec

18.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.4 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XT5 gets better fuel mileage than the Lincoln MKX:




Lincoln MKX



3.6 V6/8-spd. Auto

19 city/26 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto


3.6 V6/8-spd. Auto

18 city/25 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT5’s fuel efficiency. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XT5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac XT5 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Lincoln MKX with the 2.7 turbo V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The XT5 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Lincoln MKX (19.4 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XT5 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Lincoln MKX (21.7 vs. 18 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Cadillac XT5 higher (5 out of 10) than the Lincoln MKX (3 to 5). This means the XT5 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Lincoln MKX every 15,000 miles.


An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac XT5, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Lincoln MKX.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XT5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Lincoln MKX:




Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.6 inches

The XT5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Lincoln MKX are solid, not vented.

The XT5 stops much shorter than the Lincoln MKX:



Lincoln MKX


70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Cadillac XT5’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Lincoln MKX only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The XT5 4x4 handles at .84 G’s, while the Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Servicing Ease

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 a 11% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.


The XT5’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 Lincoln MKX does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The XT5 Platinum has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The XT5 offers an optional 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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

When the XT5 with available tilt-down mirrors 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 Lincoln MKX’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the XT5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the XT5 with a number “8” insurance rate while the Lincoln MKX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XT5 is less expensive to operate than the Lincoln MKX because typical repairs cost less on the XT5 than the Lincoln MKX, including $5 less for a fuel pump, $82 less for front struts and $196 less for a power steering pump.


The Cadillac XT5 outsold the Lincoln MKX by over two to one during 2017.

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