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Cadillac and Lincoln always put up a good fight as rivals, but the new battle of entry-luxury vehicles is leaning in Caddy's favor. The Cadillac ATS has two transmission options and three available engines; it is a serious performance vehicle that looks good and drives well. The Lincoln MKZ however looks great on the outside but is over-sized, clunky and frankly, boring. Lincoln attempted to de-clutter the interior by replacing buttons with touch screen controls yet the interior of the MKZ is left feeling cramped (especially in the backseat) and confusing.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS has already won a ton of awards for Car of the Year, best luxury car and so on. It handles superbly, receiving an 8.2/10 rating by the US News and World Report while the Lincoln MKZ apparently suffers from dull handling, receiving only a 6.2/10. The ATS has some of the best safety ratings around (9.9/10) too, compared to the 8.7/10 rating received by the 2013 Lincoln MKZ.
In my opinion, Cadillac is offering the better entry-level luxury vehicle. What do you think?
 

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Cadillac and Lincoln always put up a good fight as rivals, but the new battle of entry-luxury vehicles is leaning in Caddy's favor. The Cadillac ATS has two transmission options and three available engines; it is a serious performance vehicle that looks good and drives well. The Lincoln MKZ however looks great on the outside but is over-sized, clunky and frankly, boring. Lincoln attempted to de-clutter the interior by replacing buttons with touch screen controls yet the interior of the MKZ is left feeling cramped (especially in the backseat) and confusing.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS has already won a ton of awards for Car of the Year, best luxury car and so on. It handles superbly, receiving an 8.2/10 rating by the US News and World Report while the Lincoln MKZ apparently suffers from dull handling, receiving only a 6.2/10. The ATS has some of the best safety ratings around (9.9/10) too, compared to the 8.7/10 rating received by the 2013 Lincoln MKZ.
In my opinion, Cadillac is offering the better entry-level luxury vehicle. What do you think?
Personally I prefer the look of the MKZ over the Caddy. But if we're talking driving dynamics its the Caddy, rear drive and a row it yourself.
 

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The ATS is overall a better car, but MKZ design beats it by far especially with it's very modern styling. While the ATS design will look very old in the coming years, the MKZ will continue to look new.
 

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Here is the reasoning for their choice

First of all, when challenging the ATS, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ faces an uphill battle. The 2013 Cadillac ATS was awarded North American and Motor Trend Car of the Year, as well as best luxury car from popular Mechanics and Car of the Year from Esquire Magazine. It was also US News & World Report’s #1 Upscale Midsize Car; the 2013 Lincoln MKZ was #20 on the same list. The ATS is already well-established as the luxury champion.
Handling: The Cadillac ATS is known for its nimble handling, while the 2013 Lincoln MKZ has suffered from clunky, dull handling that leaves owners wanting more from their driving experience. US News & World Report gave the ATS’s performance an 8.2 score (out of 10), while the 2013 Lincoln MKZ received a paltry 6.2.
Interior: The Interior of the 2013 MKZ has decent headroom upfront, but passengers in the back, especially taller individuals, will be subject to a smaller, cramped interior. Also, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ added touch-controls to replace typical button control features. In an attempt to de-clutter the controls, the MKZ is often frustrating and over-complicated.
Safety: Cadillac ATS has some of the best safety ratings around. For example. US News & World Report gave the 2013 ATS a 9.9 in Safety. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ, however, received an 8.7. Again, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ performs well, but it can’t match the near-perfection of the ATS.
Don’t take our word for it. If you are considering a 2013 Lincoln MKZ, first take a test drive in a Cadillac ATS.
 

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Cadillac did do a good job on the ATS. This is the first time that I have heard a well balanced and superb handling vehicle from cadilliac. If they ever were to come out with a ATS-V this thing will blow any or everything out of the water.

The lincoln MKZ might need another platform to compete with.
 

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Interior: The Interior of the 2013 MKZ has decent headroom upfront, but passengers in the back, especially taller individuals, will be subject to a smaller, cramped interior.
Seems like this is a common issue these days for luxury sedans. With styling changing and designers trying to make vehicles more sleek. Lowering the roof line looks good but sacrifices head room space for passengers in the rear.
 

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The yet to be released BMW 4 series has the same issues from what I heard and same with the Mercedes CLA that will be making its debut in september.

I love have a lower roof line and all but it just kills the function so just imagine how worse it could be with the mkz coupe.
 

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The ATS is overall a better car, but MKZ design beats it by far especially with it's very modern styling. While the ATS design will look very old in the coming years, the MKZ will continue to look new.
I dont know about the ATS looking old in the coming years but both I think have their own character in their design. Both very modern, I just can't imagine how both of the revision would turn out like for the next generation.
 
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