The Cadillac SRX vs. the Lincoln MKX Equals One Tough Choice

May 31, 2012

Cadillac and Lincoln both have a long history of quality, a fact that doesn’t help make a decision easier when trying to choose between their luxury crossovers. The SRX has plenty of features and an upscale interior that offers both comfort and style. Rival MKX isn’t exactly lacking in the features department either, with a roomy, attractive cabin to boot. Base prices are respectably close, with the SRX starting at $35,985 and the MKX starting at $39,545. With interiors, features and fuel economy all very close calls, it’s possible that the comparison of the Cadillac SRX vs. the Lincoln MKX might need a photo finish to pick the winner.

Cadillac SRX vs. the Lincoln MKX

The SRX comes in four trims: the Base, the Luxury, the Performance and the Premium. The Base model comes standard with a 3.66L/308hp V6 engine and 265 foot-pounds of torque. It has 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All models have automatic transmission and everything but he base features an AWD option. The SRX has MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension. The Base model gets an EPA-estimated 17 MPG city and 24 MPG highway, a midway range for fuel economy. The AWD version of the Premium gets 16 MPG city and 23 MPG highway.

The MKX, by comparison, is only available in a Base model. It comes standard with a 3.7L/305hp V6 engine with 280 foot-pounds of torque. It has 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting capability and a choice between front or all-wheel drive. Like the SRX, the MKX has MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension. The Base model gets an EPA-estimated 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway, a decent range for fuel economy and slightly better than the SRX. The AWD version of the Base gets 17 MPG city and 23 MPG highway, only 1 MPG difference from the SRX AWD base model.

Neither vehicle lacks for safety features. The SRX has a 4-wheel ABS, a remote anti-theft alarm system, front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, driver knee airbags, and child seat anchors standard. It is also equipped with passenger/driver head restraint whiplash prevention systems, emergency brake assist, an engine immobilizer, and auto delay off headlamps. Safety options include a rearview camera and blind-spot warning system. The SRX received the highest rating of “Good” in frontal-offset, roof strength and side-impact tests conducted by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Important Stats2012 Cadillac SRX2012 Lincoln MKX
Engine3.6L V-63.7L V-6
Horsepower308 @ 6,800 rpm305 @ 6,500 rpm
Drivetrain6-spd auto with OD6-spd with OD
DrivetrainFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Seating5 passengers5 passengers
0-60 MpH6.7 seconds6.5 seconds
Cargo Space61.1 cu.ft.68.6 cu.ft.
MPG17 City / 24 Hwy19 City / 26 Hwy
WarrantyOwnership Privileges 48 months/50,000 miles48 months/50,000 miles
MSRP$35,985 - $49,585$39,545 - $41,395

The MKX also has a 4-wheel ABS, a remote anti-theft alarm system, front and rear head airbags and dual front side-mounted airbags. It is also equipped with a post-collision safety system, electronic brakeforce distribution, passenger/driver head restraint whiplash prevention systems, and emergency brake assist. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the MKX with a top score of “Good” in frontal-offset and side-impact protection, and a second-highest score of “Acceptable” for its roof strength integrity. In government crash tests, MKX received an overall rating of four out of five stars: three stars for frontal protection, five stars for side protection, and four stars for rollover protection.

Dimensions for the SRX and MKX are similar, with the SRX being slightly longer but not as high or wide. The SRX measures 190.3 inches long, 65.7 inches high and 75.2 inches wide. The MKX is 186.7 inches long, 67.3 inches high and 76.0 inches wide. Cargo capacity in the SRX is 29.8 cubic feet with all seats in place and 61.1 cubic feet maximum space. The MKX has 32.3 cubic feet of space with all seats in and has a maximum capacity of 68.6 cubic feet, the winner in cargo capacity, though not by an extremely large amount of space.

As with mileage, safety features and measurements, interior entertainment is identical and top notch for both vehicles. The Base model SRX includes Bose premium brand speakers, an AM/FM in-dash single CD player with CD MP3 Playback stereo, Sirius XM satellite radio auxiliary audio input and iPod integration, 1 subwoofer and a USB connection.
Upgrading to the Premium gets you 10 speakers instead of 6, XM with NavTraffic satellite radio, and 5.1 surround sound. It also comes with a hard drive based display with voice activation and directions navigation system.

Standard offerings on the MKX include a AM/FM in-dash single CD player with MP3 playback stereo, a video monitor, 10 speakers, Sirius satellite radio with six months of service, auxiliary audio input and iPod/iPhone integration, a memory card slot, a data system, and a USB conection. Though it’s a close call, the MKX’s addition of a video monitor, 10 speakers and a data system push it up a bit over rival SRX.
Options for the MKX can add a Voice Activated Navigation System with THX II and a Dual Headrest DVD Entertainment System by Invision.

The SRX’s pros include the extensive list of standard features, strong engine power and smooth handling that makes for a smooth ride. The interior is very upscale and there are plenty of storage compartments. The biggest con is that he SRX is one heavy ride, weighing in at 200-300 pounds more than all its competitors. Backseat headroom is limited and outward visibility is poor.

On the MKX side, pros are the highly impressive interior features, good fuel economy and a quiet, comfortable ride. The cabin is on the same playing field as more expensive competitors and offers the latest in electronics. Cons include the MyLincoln Touch, which is not user-friendly, and a transmission that sometimes requires some extra effort for passing.

The SRX and the MKX are both high-quality crossovers, and either would be a good choice from a features and comfort standpoint. Choosing between them could come down to price, space or preference in features, but you will likely win either way you go.

Cadillac SRX Video

Lincoln MKX Video

Further Reading:

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Image Source Cadillac SRX By U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image Source Lincoln MKX By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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