Kemna Cadillac Compares 2016 Cadillac SRX VS 2016 Lincoln MKX Near Algona, IA

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2016 Cadillac SRX

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2016 Lincoln MKX

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac SRX are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Lincoln MKX has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the SRX and Lincoln MKX have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The SRX has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Lincoln MKX’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The SRX has a standard Saab Active Head Restraint (SAHR), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the SAHR system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The SRX offers optional Rear Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Cadillac SRX is safer than the Lincoln MKX:


Lincoln MKX

Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

.4 inches

.6 inches

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

498 lbs.

647 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The SRX’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Lincoln MKX’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the SRX for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Lincoln pays for maintenance for the MKX (4/50,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The SRX’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 5 more horsepower (308 vs. 303) than the Lincoln MKX’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac SRX uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Lincoln MKX with the 2.7 turbo V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The SRX has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Lincoln MKX FWD’s standard fuel tank (21 vs. 18.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The SRX has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Lincoln MKX AWD’s standard fuel tank (21 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the SRX’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Lincoln MKX:



Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.6 inches

The SRX’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Lincoln MKX are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The SRX 4 handles at .84 G’s, while the Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Ergonomics Comparison

The SRX’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 Lincoln MKX does not have an oil pressure gauge.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The SRX offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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