2020 Cadillac XT6 vs. 2019 Lincoln MKT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The XT6’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The MKT 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 XT6 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The MKT doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The XT6 has standard Forward Automatic Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKT offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XT6 offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The MKT doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Cadillac XT6 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The MKT doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the XT6 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The MKT doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The XT6 offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKT only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the XT6 and the MKT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

The XT6’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the MKT’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XT6 gets better fuel mileage than the MKT:

MPG

XT6

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/24 hwy

MKT

AWD

3.5 turbo V6

15 city/21 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT6’s fuel efficiency. The MKT doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XT6’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 MKT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac XT6 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The MKT requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The XT6 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKT (22 vs. 18.6 gallons).

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac XT6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKT.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XT6Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the MKT (265/45R21 vs. 255/45R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT6 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the MKT. The XT6Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the MKT.

The Cadillac XT6’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Lincoln MKT only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the XT6’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the MKT AWD’s (39.1 feet vs. 41.5 feet).

Chassis

The Cadillac XT6 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the Lincoln MKT.

The XT6 is 9.1 inches shorter than the MKT, making the XT6 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The XT6 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The MKT doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The XT6 has .1 inches more rear headroom, 3.7 inches more third row headroom and 4.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the MKT.

Cargo Capacity

The XT6’s cargo area provides more volume than the MKT.

XT6

MKT

Third Seat Folded

43.1 cubic feet

39.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

78.7 cubic feet

75.9 cubic feet

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XT6’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The MKT doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

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 15% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

The XT6 offers an optional 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 MKT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

When the XT6 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 MKT’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The XT6’s optional 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 MKT Reserve’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

Model Availability

The XT6 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The MKT doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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