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Features Comparison: Cadillac CTS vs. Lincoln MKZ

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Model Year 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015
Model CTS CTS CTS MKZ MKZ
Trim Base Luxury Performance Base Hybrid
Engines (show)  
turbocharged
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
272 hp@5500
295 lb-ft@1700
   
3.6L V6
DOHC-4v
321 hp@6800
275 lb-ft@4800
     
turbocharged
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
240 hp@5500
270 lb-ft@3000
       
3.7L V6
DOHC-4v
300 hp@6500
270 lb-ft@4000
       
2.0L I4 Hybrid
DOHC-4v
141 hp@6000
129 lb-ft@4000
       
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic  
8-speed manually-shiftable automatic      
CVT        
Drivetrains (show)  
RWD    
AWD  
FWD      
Tires (show)  
245/45HR17 tires    
235/55HR17 tires      
245/40HR18 tires      
255/35VR19 tires        
245/45VR18 tires      
245/40WR19 tires      
245/45YR18 tires        
Audio Systems (show)  
Bose, 11 speakers (with subwoofer)      
Bose, 13 speakers (with subwoofer)    
Unbranded, 11 speakers (with subwoofer)      
THX-certified, 700W, 14 speakers (with subwoofer)      
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.    
Active noise reductionCancels out interior noise by playing the opposite noise through the vehicle's speakers.
Adaptive cruise controlAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Minimum speed around 30 mph. Replaces regular cruise control, and includes its value.      
Adaptive cruise control, all-speedAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Can bring vehicle to a complete stop then accelerate back up to set speed. Replaces regular adaptive cruise control, and includes its value.        
Cruise control      
Heated steering wheel  
Keyless entry keypadUnlock the car by entering a code on a door-mounted keypad.      
Parking guidance system - activeParks the vehicle with minimal input from the driver.    
Power decklidDecklid can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.      
Power decklid / liftgate pull-downPulls decklid / liftgate tight after latch is engaged. Door can be shut with very little effort.          
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.
Remote appCheck on car and remotely control various functions (locks, lights, HVAC) from a telephone or computer.    
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.
Remote window/roof operationOperate the power windows, sunroof, and/or convertible roof using buttons on the keyfob.      
Sunshade, rear, powerGreatly reduces the amount of sunlight entering the rear window. Includes the value of manual rear shade.    
Sunshades, second rowGreatly reduce the amount of sunlight entering the rear side windows. Retract into rear doors.        
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual        
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power  
Universal garage door openerHomelink.
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
911 assistAutomatically contacts 911 through a linked cell phone in the event of a severe collision.      
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.    
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Automatic braking, high-speedIf collision detection system senses imminent collision, applies moderate braking.        
Automatic braking, low-speedAutomatically brakes car to avoid low-speed collisions.        
Backup collision interventionAutomatically applies the brakes if you're about to back into something.        
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.  
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Daytime running lights (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Driver drowsiness monitorWarns when driver is drowsy and needs to pull over.      
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.  
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.      
Inflatable rear seatbeltsOutboard rear shoulder belts inflate in a collision.      
Knee airbag, driver
Knee airbag, passenger
Lane departure prevention system, steering-basedSteering lightly applied to help prevent the vehicle from inadvertently traveling out of its intended lane.      
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.  
Lane keeping assist systemProactively helps keep the car centered inside a detected lane via steering assistance.      
Obstacle detection, frontBeeps signal distance to object in front of vehicle. Parking aid.    
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.    
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.  
Rear side airbagsTorso-level second row airbags, usually contained in the rear door. Some also protect the head, but not as well as side curtain airbags.    
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.  
Safety keyIndividual keys can be coded to enforce specific driving restrictions, such as maximum speed and audio volume.      
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire        
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Tires, run-flatCan be driven deflated for about 50 miles. Usually harm ride quality. Cars with these often have no spare tire.    
Torque vectoring / active trace controlUses the brakes to channel torque to the outside wheels and counteract understeer. Similar to stability control, but proactive, and acting to improve cornering performance rather than prevent loss of control.      
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Vehicle health reportsPeriodically uploads and emails a vehicle diagnostic check.
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo mat      
Cargo net
Console with shifter    
Console without shifter      
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.      
Rear seat pass-throughUsually concealed behind a stowed armrest. Enables long items like skis to be carried without folding the rear seat.
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
4G LTE connectivityHigher speed Internet connection. Monthly fee after trial period.    
A/V input jacksJacks for a video camera, game console, or other device with A/V output.      
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.    
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player  
CD player, remoteCD player located beyond easy reach of the driver.    
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.
In-vehicle InternetConnects car to the Internet to update systems, download information, and/or browse. Includes internal modem, usually requires car-specific broadband service with monthly fee.      
In-vehicle Internet capabilityConnects car to the Internet to update systems, download information, and/or browse. Requires mobile modem and non-dedicated broadband service.          
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.
Navigation, turn-by-turnSimple directions displayed on rudimentary screen and/or spoken over audio system. Fee after first 3-12 months.      
Rain-sensing wipersWipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on input from a rain sensor.  
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.  
Rear air vents with automatic controlsMaintains set temperature in rear passenger area by providing heated or cooled air through vents in the center console, B-pillars, and/or ceiling. Replaces and includes value of rear air vents with manual controls.        
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.
SD Card slotSD, CF, PCMCIA, or other digital media reader.
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.
Speed-sensitive wipersOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.          
Surround sound
SYNC      
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigationIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system plus turn-by-turn navigation (no map display). For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.    
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.      
Traffic informationInformation about traffic conditions. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.    
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.        
Voice control for audio system          
Voice control for external devicesGenerally works for some devices but not others.
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.
Wi-Fi hotspotProvides Wi-Fi within the car. Includes internal modem, usually requires car-specific broadband service with monthly fee.
Wi-Fi hotspot capabilityProvides Wi-Fi within the car. Requires mobile modem and non-dedicated broadband service.          
Wireless charging stationWirelessly charger for phones and audio players.    
Exterior (show)  
Active grille shuttersClose grille openings when not needed to reduce aerodynamic drag.    
Bodyside claddingProtective cladding extending partly onto the doors.      
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.
Laminated front side windowsReduces interior noise, prevents side windows from shattering.
Laminated rear side windowsReduces interior noise, prevents side windows from shattering.        
Paint, special black    
Paint, special blue    
Paint, special brown      
Paint, special gold      
Paint, special purple    
Paint, special red
Paint, special white
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.      
Sunroof, largeReplaces and includes value of smaller sunroofs.      
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Approach detectionPerimeter lighting automatically activated by approaching keyfob.    
Auto-dimming driver-side mirrorDriver-side exterior mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.  
Auto-dimming headlightsHigh beams automatically turned on and off.  
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.
Detailed driving style feedbackDriving style evaluated with a grade or with changes in display graphics or lighting.        
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.      
Head-up display (HUD)Projects various instrument readouts onto the windshield. Image actually appears to be floating over the nose of the car. Enables driver to keep eyes on the road.        
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Interior ambient lightingLEDs in the ceiling or door panels cast a soft glow over the interior.  
Large color reconfigurable instrument cluster displayThe information displayed by the instruments can be customized. Color display(s) of at least 20 square inches.    
LED headlightsLED headlights last longer and use less energy than other types.      
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.  
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Power-folding mirrorsMirrors fold and unfold with the touch of a button inside the vehicle. Good for narrow roads and parking lots.      
Rear reading lights      
Speed limit informationDisplays the current speed limit. Included with nav on an increasing number of cars. No feature value here because incomplete info on availability.    
Spotter mirror(s)Auxiliary convex lens in the corner of the outside mirror that improves view of the driver's blind spot.      
Steering-linked headlightsHeadlights swivel when steering wheel is turned.  
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.      
Powertrain (show)  
Automatic start / stopAutomatically cuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped and restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. Not listed for hybrids, where it is generally part of the powertrain system.        
Engine-block heaterPlugs into electrical outlet to warm up the engine. Facilitates starting in extreme cold.    
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.  
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets  
Front sport buckets        
Second-row 3-person bench        
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench  
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.      
Aluminum trimReal aluminum trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console. Deleted by wood trim even if they appear together.  
Carbon fiber trimWon't be listed in conjunction with wood or aluminum trim even if they are available together.        
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Cooled or ventilated front seats  
Door sill trim plates      
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.  
Heated front seats  
Heated second row seats    
Illuminated door sill trim plates    
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.    
Leather upholstery, extended coverageLeather beyond the seating surfaces, door panels, and IP top. No additional value over leather upholstery because no way to standardize across all models.        
Leather-wrapped steering wheel    
Manual thigh support adjuster, driver seatManually adjustable cushion length; provides better support for long legs.        
Manual thigh support adjuster, passenger seatManually adjustable cushion length; provides better support for long legs.        
Massage, driver seatPower lumbar or vibration used to massage lower back.      
Massage, passenger seatPower lumbar or vibration used to massage lower back.      
Memory system, driver seat
Metal pedals        
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.  
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.  
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, passenger seat
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.        
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seatPower-adjustable lower back support.        
Power recliner, driver seat
Power recliner, passenger seat
Power seatback bolsters, driverPower adjustable bolsters on the seatback, to provide lateral support in hard turns.    
Power seatback bolsters, passenger seatPower adjustable bolsters on the seatback, to provide lateral support in hard turns.    
Power thigh bolsters, driver seatPower adjustable bolsters on the seat cushion, to prevent sliding out of the seat in hard turns.      
Power thigh bolsters, passenger seatPower adjustable bolsters on the seat cushion, to prevent sliding out of the seat in hard turns.      
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.
Synthetic leather seating surfacesA.k.a vinyl, leatherette, MB-Tex, NuLuxe.    
Upgraded floor mats      
Upgraded leather upholsteryNo additional value over leather upholstery because no way to standardize across all models.        
Upholstered instrument panel    
Wood trimReal wood trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console.
Wood/leather-wrapped steering wheelReal wood comprises part of the steering wheel rim.    
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Adaptive dampers - electricalShocks that electrically adjust their firmness based on sensor readings of the road surface. The driver might also be able to select a \"sport\" setting.    
Alloy wheels      
Alloy wheels, optional designSame value as regular alloy wheels because no way to compare across models.        
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.      
Machined alloy wheelsOuter surface of alloy wheels machines to yield a bright finish. Replace and include value of reqular alloy wheels.          
Performance steering system (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.        
Polished alloy wheelsAlloy wheels highly polished to yield an ultra-bright finish. Replace and include value of regular alloy wheels.  
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.        
Summer tires (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.        

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Option Package Contents

CUE and Navigation

Features
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information
Speed limit information
Bose, 13 speakers (with subwoofer)

CUE and Navigation

Features
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information
Speed limit information
Bose, 13 speakers (with subwoofer)

Driver Assist Package

Features
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed
Automatic braking, low-speed
Automatic braking, high-speed
Backup collision intervention

Advanced Security Package

Features
Alarm
Wheel locks
Laminated rear side windows

20-way performance front seats

Features
Leather upholstery, extended coverage
Manual thigh support adjuster, driver seat
Power seatback bolsters, driver
Manual thigh support adjuster, passenger seat
Power seatback bolsters, passenger seat
Front sport buckets

Reserve Package

Features
Heated steering wheel
AC power outlet
Voice control for nav and audio
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
In-vehicle Internet
Wi-Fi hotspot
Navigation system
Heated second row seats
Cooled or ventilated front seats

Technology Package

Features
Auto-dimming headlights
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Lane departure warning system
Parking guidance system - active
Driver drowsiness monitor
Forward collision alert
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based
Rain-sensing wipers
Adaptive cruise control
Obstacle detection, front

Select Package

Features
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
Power-folding mirrors
Daytime running lights (optional)
HD radio
Interior ambient lighting
Leather seating surfaces
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power
Wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel

Multi-Contour Front Seats w/Active Motion

Features
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seat
Power thigh bolsters, passenger seat
Power seatback bolsters, passenger seat
Massage, driver seat
Massage, passenger seat
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seat
Power thigh bolsters, driver seat
Power seatback bolsters, driver

Summer Tire Handling Package

Features
Summer tires (optional)
Sport suspension (upgrade)
Polished alloy wheels
Performance steering system (optional)

Reserve Package

Features
Heated steering wheel
AC power outlet
Voice control for nav and audio
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
In-vehicle Internet
Wi-Fi hotspot
Navigation system
Heated second row seats
Cooled or ventilated front seats

Technology Package

Features
Auto-dimming headlights
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Lane departure warning system
Parking guidance system - active
Driver drowsiness monitor
Forward collision alert
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based
Rain-sensing wipers
Adaptive cruise control
Obstacle detection, front

Select Package

Features
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
Power-folding mirrors
Daytime running lights (optional)
HD radio
Interior ambient lighting
Leather seating surfaces
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power
Wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel

Multi-Contour Front Seats w/Active Motion

Features
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seat
Power thigh bolsters, passenger seat
Power seatback bolsters, passenger seat
Massage, driver seat
Massage, passenger seat
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seat
Power thigh bolsters, driver seat
Power seatback bolsters, driver

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