2019 Cadillac XTS vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac XTS 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 Continental has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XTS offers optional 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.

Both the XTS 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, front wheel drive, 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 all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Cadillac XTS is safer than the Lincoln Continental:







5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Compression

11 lbs.

43 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

235/286 lbs.

215/313 lbs.




5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

138 lbs.

181 lbs.

Neck Compression

56 lbs.

84 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Cadillac XTS is safer than the Lincoln Continental:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.9 inches


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.


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


To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the XTS has a standard 660-amp battery. The Continental’s 650-amp battery isn’t as powerful.


The XTS has more powerful engines than the Continental:



XTS V-Sport 3.6 turbo V6

410 HP

Continental 2.7 turbo V6

335 HP

Continental 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

Fuel Economy and Range

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








3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/28 hwy



3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/26 hwy




3.7 DOHC V6

17 city/26 hwy



3.7 DOHC V6

16 city/24 hwy

The XTS FWD’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Continental (19 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XTS AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Continental (20 vs. 18 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

The XTS’ 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 XTS stops shorter than the Continental:





70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XTS has larger tires than the Continental (245/45R19 vs. 235/50R18).

The XTS’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Continental Standard’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XTS has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Continental Standard.

Suspension and Handling

The rear suspension of the XTS uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Continental, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The XTS offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Continental doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The XTS handles at .85 G’s, while the Continental Reserve AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the XTS’ turning circle is 3.1 feet tighter than the Continental’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.8 feet).


The Cadillac XTS may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the XTS is quieter than the Continental Reserve AWD (66 vs. 67 dB).

Passenger Space

The XTS has .1 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Continental.

Cargo Capacity

The XTS has a much larger trunk than the Continental (18 vs. 16.7 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XTS offers cargo security. The Continental’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

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.


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

The XTS’ 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.

When the XTS 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 Continental’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the XTS owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the XTS will cost $1195 less than the Continental over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XTS is less expensive to operate than the Continental because typical repairs cost much less on the XTS than the Continental, including $377 less for a muffler, $211 less for front struts, $176 less for a timing belt/chain and $70 less for a power steering pump.


The Cadillac XTS has won recognition from these important consumer publications:




Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



The Cadillac XTS outsold the Lincoln Continental by over two to one during 2018.

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