By Dave Stall.
Cadillac and Lincoln have been battling for luxury supremacy for decades and they have not let up. Slogans like “Rides Like A Cadillac” set Cadillac out a little farther than Lincoln but truth be known the Lincoln back in the day did ride better than the Cadillac. Lincoln had air bag suspension in the 80’s and every airport limo was a Lincoln. So who build the best American luxury car? The answer to that questions fall back on something we had back in the day, Brand Loyalty. We don’t seem to put much stock in loyalty anymore but back in the day you could end up in a scuffle over who built the better car. So let’s take a peek at the two enter level vehicles.
2014 Lincoln MKZ
The 2014 Lincoln MKZ is the entry-level Lincoln and start at $36,190 plus tax and license. For the Lincoln MKZ, designers took the notion of “elegant simplicity” as their point of departure – and arrived at a luxury sedan whose integration of lines and curves is stunning. Design cues become individual pieces of art, like the pedestal mirrors that add a jewel-like touch of elegance. You also get a panorama roof that opens you up to the world as if you were in a convertible. Rather than impede the natural connection between driver and passenger with a center console shifter, Lincoln designers replaced conventional thinking with an innovative push-button shift. Lead designers drew inspiration from the world’s greatest suspension bridges in imagining the spacious pass-through center console. It’s perfect for connecting drivers with passengers. Powered by a 2.0L GTDI I-4 cylinder EcoBoost engine that will give you 22 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the open road. You can opt for two other engines, the 2.0L Atkinson-Cycle I-4 Hybrid engine and the 3.7L 24-valve Ti-VCT V6 Engine. The transmission of choice for the non-hybrid engine package is a 6-speed Select-Shift Automatic with Paddle Shifters and the Hybrid gets Electronic Continuously Variable transmission.
2014 Cadillac ATS
The 2014 Cadillac ATS starts out at $33,065 plus tax and license. Cadillac seems to be a tad more performance minded than Lincoln so they made their chassis lighter by using advanced materials and techniques will give you stronger safety features, but performance handling you’re looking for. Choose from three engines, like the powerful and efficient 2.0L Turbo that delivers 272 HP next is the 3.6L V6 engine that boasts 321 HP or the 2.5L engine that, along with the 2.0-L turbo, offers over 30 mpg in EPA-estimated highway fuel economy. The ATS is available with a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission was designed exclusively for the ATS and is available on the powerful 272 HP 2.0L turbo engine with RWD. Lincoln does not have a manual transmission in their stable. Maximum grip means maximum performance. The ATS features an available mechanical limited-slip rear differential that ensures the highest amount of engine torque is transferred to the wheel with the most traction. Again more emphases on performance.
So which one is for you? You can go to their websites and build your own, but I recommend taking them both out for an overnight spin then decide. When it comes to sound systems, voice recognition, ease of working the controls, they have a lot of similarities but the proof is in the drive. These are just two vehicles I have chosen from their fleets of American made luxury cars, they have other models to choose from, coupes (Cadillac only) sedans, and SUV’s but which everyone you choose. You will enjoy the ride, and that’s a guarantee!