Both the Cadillac SRX and Lincoln MKX are luxury midsize SUVs equipped to make getting there convenient and comfortable. From a trip to the store to a cross-country adventure, both can allow travel in comfort and style.
In this article, we’ll look at what these two models have going for them to help you decide which direction you want to go.
Although not as athletic as the Germans, the SRX still manages to impress with its moves. It also offers a more comfortable ride, plentiful interior room and powerful V6 engine. Couple this with the SRX’s impressive safety features and technology-rich CUE touch-screen infotainment system, and the SRX proves why Cadillac is very much still in the luxury crossover-SUV game. — Kelley Blue Book
The Cadillac SRX offers great safety ratings, a strong smooth engine, and flexible interior layout. The model is built off GM’s Sigma platform, which is also used for the Cadillac CTS sedan and wagon.
The engine size of the Cadillac SRX is larger than the MKC’s as it features a 3.6-liter, 306 horsepower V6 engine. The SRX’s fuel economy is rated at 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, which is mediocre for its class. The Cadillac drives heavier than the MKX and it’s braking leaves a little to be desired. The SRX’s last significant redesign was in 2010 and its age is starting to show.
< p>The SRX is available in base, Luxury, Performance and Premium trims. The base model’s starting MSRP is $37,605 compared to $38,900 for the MKX.
SRX’s Standard and Optional Equipment
One way the SRX separates itself currently from its competitors is by offering standard W-FI hot spot and OnStar with 4G LTE. Optional features include a rear-seat entertainment system and tri-zone automatic climate control.
Like the MKX, the SRX also lacks standard innovative safety equipment. Lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and rearview camera are all optional.
The 2015 Lincoln MKX is a competent five-passenger luxury crossover with plenty of features, but it falls short of most peers in overall performance and daily ease of use. — Edmunds
The Lincoln MKX offers great cabin materials, and good steering and handling. Front seats are roomy and backseats are spacious with the MKX comfortably seating five. However, like the SRX, the MKX is not the best value proposition as it was last redesigned in 2011 and still uses a 3.7-liter, 305 horsepower V6 engine. And like the SRX, the MKX offers a standard six-speed automatic transmission.
While luxury touches such as the SYNC voice command system, MyLincoln Touch infortaintment system, bluetooth, and two USB ports are standard, the MKX still requires you to pay extra for safety features such as rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors. A panoramic sunroof and THX audio system are also add-ons.
The MKX’s fuel economy is rated at 18-mpg city and 26-mgh highway, slightly better than the SRX. Expect forthcoming model years to features an EcoBoost turbocharged engine for better fuel economy and performance.
Both the SRX and MKX have a comfortable ride with solid handling. The SRX has been faulted for its confusing Cadillac CUE infotainment system and limited backseat headroom. In U.S. News and World Report’s rankings for 2015 midsize luxury SUVs, the SRX finished in 10th while MKX finished in last place, 17th out of 17.
Other models to consider in this class include the Lexus RX 350, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and Volkswagen Touareg. If you want performance in a luxury midsize SUV, consider the Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5.