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The CT6’s 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 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.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the CT6. But it costs extra on the Continental.
An active infrared night vision system standard on the CT6 Premium Luxury/Platinum 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.
The CT6’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Continental’s (6 vs. 5 years).
There are over 10 percent more Cadillac dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CT6’s warranty.
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.
The CT6 has more powerful engines than the Continental:
CT6 3.6 DOHC V6
CT6 Platinum 4.2 turbo V8
Continental 3.7 DOHC V6
Continental 2.7 turbo V6
Continental 3.0 turbo V6
On the EPA test cycle the CT6 V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Continental AWD with its standard engine (18 city/27 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CT6’s fuel efficiency. The Continental doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
The CT6 has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Continental (19.2 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
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.
For better stopping power the CT6 Platinum’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Continental:
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.
For better traction, the CT6 has larger tires than the Continental (245/45R19 vs. 235/50R18).
The CT6’s 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 CT6 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Continental Standard.
The CT6 has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Continental doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
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 (52.5% to 47.5%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the CT6 more stable handling and braking.
For better maneuverability, the CT6’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Continental’s (40 feet vs. 41.8 feet).
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.
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.
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 a 15% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Continental, the CT6 Premium Luxury/Platinum 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’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Continental’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
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.
Both the CT6 and the Continental offer available massaging front seats. The CT6 Platinum also has standard massaging rear seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging rear seats aren’t available in the Continental.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Cadillac CT6 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Continental doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The CT6 Premium Luxury/Platinum’s Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting and stopping automatically, with the driver only responsible for switching from reverse to drive. The Continental Reserve/Black Label’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.
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 $306 less for a muffler, $123 less for front struts, $485 less for a timing belt/chain and $405 less for a power steering pump.
The Cadillac CT6 outsold the Lincoln Continental by 21% during 2019.
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