The Lincoln MKC is a bargain among compact luxury SUVs, with a long list of standard equipment and a low price. Ride quality and serenity are impressive, but the Lincoln MKC's interior has a low-rent feel compared to pricier rivals.
For years, it seemed like many of Lincoln's vehicles were just Fords with more chrome. But that's not the case for the Lincoln MKC. Though it's based on the mechanical bones of the Ford Escape, the MKC feels like a proper luxury SUV through and through. The attractive styling is a plus, as is the comfortable and remarkably quiet ride. But what really stands out about the MKC is the list of standard equipment. Many of the MKC's German rivals charge extra (often a lot extra) for creature comforts, but the MKC affordably piles on the equipment.
Are there downsides? Of course. The Lincoln MKC doesn't have as much backseat or cargo space as many of its rivals, and the quality of some interior parts leaves something to be desired. In terms of maximum appeal, it's fair to say the MKC simply isn't as good as some of its competitors. But when you factor in price, the Lincoln MKC certainly holds its own.
Current Lincoln MKC The Lincoln MKC is sold in Premiere, Select, Reserve and Black Label versions. The list of standard equipment on the Premiere includes features that are extra-cost options on many of the MKC's European competitors, including leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and a power liftgate, just to name a few. The Select and Reserve pile on even more features, and the top-of-the-line Black Label offers upgraded interior materials and an adjustable suspension. Though all of the MKC trims offer good value for the money, we think the Select gives you the best bang for the buck.
The MKC's base powertrain is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (240 horsepower) that drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional. Optional on all but the entry-level MKC Premiere is a 2.3-liter engine (285 hp), and it comes standard with all-wheel drive.
Out on the open road, the MKC delivers respectable performance. It's not as quick as some other crossovers, but most drivers should be satisfied. There's not even much of a noticeable difference between the two engines. But the pedal tuning needs work. We found the accelerator to be overly jumpy and the brakes to be overly grabby. Handling isn't as inspiring as that of many of its rivals, but the Lincoln MKC makes up for it with a comfortable and quiet ride. Front passengers will feel more comfortable than those in back since rear-seat legroom is a bit cramped. Cargo space is also disappointingly small.
Used Lincoln MKC Models Lincoln introduced the MKC as a 2015 model year, and changes since then have been minimal. The debut MKC had the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, which we found could be frustrating to use. Avoid this 2015 MKC if you can; Lincoln upgraded to the superior Sync 3 system the following year. For 2017, Sync 3 gained Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility as well.