- Attractive styling among luxury SUVs.
- Tranquil interior.
- Responsive driving dynamics for a vehicle in its class.
- Cargo space is not abundant.
- Infotainment system isn't as well designed as rivals'.
- Rear seat space is constrained.
Would we buy one? Yes.
Vehicle Type: Four-door, compact crossover SUV with seating for 5.
Price Range: From $32,880 to $48,040 MSRP, including a $995 destination charge.
Powertrain: A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive, or optional all-wheel-drive.
A 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder with 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, with a six-speed automatic and front-wheel-drive or optional all-wheel-drive.
Competitors: Volvo XC60, BMW X3, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Lexus NX 200t, Mercedes Benz GLC, Audi Q5, Acura RDX, and Infiniti QX50.
Overall Score: 7.8/10
Safety Features: 7/10
Upper-tier trims come with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Active park assist, forward collision warning, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control are available in a Technology Package. A backup camera is standard on all models.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) gave the 2017 Lincoln MKC four out of five stars in crash tests, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the MKC its Good rating. But some rivals, such as the Acura RDX and Volvo XC60, performed better.
There are four trim levels for the 2017 MKC: Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. The Lincoln MKC Premiere base level starts at $32,880 MSRP. Moving up to the Lincoln MKC Select, start pricing is $35,880. The Reserve begins at $39,645. The top tier MKC Black Label trim starts at $45,645, before options. All-wheel-drive is a $2,400 option.
The Lincoln MKC Reserve is the best value because of its upgraded comfort features like heated and cooled front seats, a hands-free power liftgate, and additional driver assistance technology features. The base Premiere is a good value as well for an entry vehicle with standard features. The top-tier Black Label does not offer much more equipment and is more of a design exercise, with exclusive interior color schemes.
Tech Features: 7/10
Lincoln's Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity is available on the 2017 MKC. Standard features include rear parking sensors, active noise cancellation that reduces exterior sound, and Bluetooth connectivity, while an upgraded THX audio system, satellite radio, and navigation system are available upgrades.
Audio and climate functions can be adjusted through the touchscreen or with physical knobs and buttons on the dashboard, which eases usability on the move.
The front seats in the MKC for 2017 is roomy and comfortable with good forward views for the driver and front-seat passenger. The rear seat is less comfortable. There is no way to adjust for the rigid and tight feeling in the rear seat legroom. A saving note is that there is ample headroom in the front and back seats unaffected by the swooped roof.
A hands-free power liftgate is available for easy payload management.
The Lincoln MKC is a little short on cargo space, with the back row down, providing 53 cubic feet of cargo space. With all seats up, there are 25 cubic feet behind the back seats.
Rivals like the Mercedes GLC 300 have more cargo capacity than the Lincoln MKC if this is a purchasing factor for you.
Styling & Design: 8/10
Aside from some small design and styling missteps, the MKC carves out its curbside appeal among rival luxury crossover SUVs like the Mercedes GLC and Lexus NX. It's the split-wing Lincoln emblemed grille and relaxed swoop back design that affords the MKC some class and style.
Its polished cabin design lends a luxurious aesthetic appeal to the MKC. The MKC is not without fault in styling, though, like some inferior feeling lower tier trim cabin materials. Rich leather upholstery and a panoramic sunroof are available on upper-tier trims.
Driving Experience: 8/10
The two engine options and sole six-speed automatic drivetrain are sufficient to provide some performance and modest driving dynamics in the Lincoln MKC.
The turbocharged 2.3-liter engine packs plenty of punch quickly, moving the MKC along when needed. Even though it is a four-cylinder, the generous 285 horsepower engine delivers good performance. Having said that, if you want more refined driving dynamics and character, the Infiniti QX50 might be an option. All trims but the Premiere get a continuously controlled damping suspension for a smoother and more comfortable ride.
Fuel Efficiency: 8/10
Fuel economy is satisfactory for the Lincoln MKC. Still, rivals like the Lexus NX do a little better on gas mileage.
The FWD 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine gets 21/28/23 MPG city/hwy/combined according to EPA estimates. With the same engine's AWD configuration, city and highway miles are reduced by three each.
The 2.3-liter turbocharged engine gas mileage is 19/25/21 MPG city/hwy/combined by EPA estimates. With the all-wheel drivetrain 19/25/22 MPG city/hwy/combined according to the EPA.