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I have heard the race only involves two cars, the Lincoln Town Car and the Cadillac. I have talked to many that say even Mercedes doesn't have the smoothest ride in a mid to full size luxury car. I recently talked to a car guy who seemed very knowledgeable that said Cadillac's used to have the best ride out there but recently they changed their suspension and now Lincoln Town Car's have the smoothest ride.
My grandfather ALWAYS owned Cadillacs and my father continued the tradition until 2007 when he broke down and bought a Lexus.
I've always preferred Cadillac to Lincoln probably because of being reared around them. I think Cadillac was considered more "luxurious" in terms of power/amenities/style while Lincoln was more about providing a very smooth riding vehicle and disregarding any other true luxury features.
Are we talking about the Cadillac DTS v. the Lincoln Town Car? If so I'd definitely say my assessment is accurate. If ALL you want is a smooth riding car with big, cushy seats...the Town Car cannot be beat. HOWEVER if you want some actual luxury features and more attractive design, I'd go for the DTS. Having driven a 2006 DTS when my parents owned one, it is also quite comfortable and gives you a better feeling of driving a vehicle with a $50K+ price tag (even if not up to the quality materials of say, Mercedes).
Because I live in the capital of retirees, the Cadillac DTS seems to be favored over the Town Car. Go to ANY church parking lot in Mesa during February and you'll see at least 4-5 Cadillac DTS and may see 1-3 Town Cars.
I have owned Cadillacs and currently a 1995 Town Car and Buicks etc and Mercedes. Mercedes are nice riding, depending on the model, the big ones ride nice. Our 88 S-Class does, but not as softly as my Lincoln. My Lincoln had the original air-springs converted over to conventional springs, but still rides nice. My uncle has a '97 Town Car still with the original air springs and its like a cloud ride. Also Jaguars (the big 80s-90s models) ride awesome! I had a 92 Buick Park Avenue and 72 Buick Electra, both had super comfortable rides. We owned 70s Cadillacs and Lincolns in the 80s-90s, I think they were about the same. IMO, the big Buicks and Oldsmobiles of years past had a ride as nice as Cadillac/Lincoln. Also my grandparents had a 1988 Chrysler New Yorker (the FWD model)... mechanically, it was a really troublesome car, but WOW that car- you could not feel any bumps in the road... it was cloud soft!
Really all depends on how worn your suspension is, etc, but when comparing new, its close on all counts between Cadillac and Lincoln. I know that Lincoln stiffened up the front suspension starting in 1995, so many say that a 1995 Cadillac DeVille or Fleetwood has a softer ride. I have heard that the 1990-94 Town Car rides softer than the 95-97, but my uncles 1997 was like a cloud.
I have not ridden in any new Cadillacs, Lincolns or Mercedes, so I cannot comment on new cars.
Top Gear did a segment on a CitroŽn to show how smooth it rode. It was being used as the camera car for a horse race track. The car rode along side the track. Where it rode was not paved and was rough and yet the camera showed no vibration.
My 1990 Buick Lesabre that I once owned driver extremely smooth!
I guess I would put Lincoln, Cadillac and Buick in my top 3 of cloud like rides!
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