2017 MKC New Car Test Drive
The Lincoln MKC compact crossover debuted as a 2015 model and fares well when compared to new premium models, such as the Cadillac XT5.
The 2017 Lincoln MKC comes with more standard equipment than last year's model, including a power liftgate and an automatic-hold function. Also, automatic stop/start is now standard with the 2.0-liter engine and front-wheel drive (optional with all-wheel drive) on 2017 Lincoln MKC models. Lincoln began replacing its troubled MyLincoln Touch infotainment with SYNC 3 during 2015. The newer voice-controlled system can connect to smartphone apps, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The luxurious cabin is pleasantly detailed. Back-seat space is tight, especially with the panoramic sunroof.
Underway, MKC delivers well-controlled handling and responsive steering. MKC offers a choice of strong engines, each able to deliver a quick, healthy dose of vitality just when it's needed. Both engines are turbocharged four-cylinders and both work with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The base 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine comes with front-wheel drive. Producing 240 horsepower, it's strong enough to move the MKC swiftly from a stop.
The more powerful 2.3-liter EcoBoost comes with all-wheel drive. Making 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, it delivers brisk performance, with 0-60 mph acceleration in about seven seconds.
The Lincoln MKC is built on the same foundation as the Ford Escape.
Crash-test scores are nothing to boast about, though the MKC has an impressive list of available active-safety features. In testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the MKC got four stars overall and for frontal-impact, with five stars for side-impact. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the MKC a Good rating in moderate frontal overlap and side-impact crash-tests, but the more difficult small-overlap test has not yet been performed. (The closely-related Ford Escape got a Poor score.)
A rearview camera comes standard. Upper trim levels add blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. An optional Technology package includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, Active Park Assist with Park Out Assist, and forward collision warning.
Lincoln MKC comes in Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label trim levels. All-wheel drive is available. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
MKC Premiere ($32,720) includes the 2.0-liter engine, rearview camera, heated power front seats and mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, pushbutton start and shift, power liftgate, nine-speaker audio, satellite radio, HID headlights, reverse sensors, SYNC 3, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
MKC Select ($35,720) upgrades with leather seating surfaces, power-folding mirrors, LED configurable daytime running lights, ambient lighting, a universal garage door opener, and a cargo cover. MKC Reserve ($39,485) gets the panoramic sunroof, navigation, hands-free power liftgate, heated/cooled front seats, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, embedded modem, and 110-volt outlet. Black Label ($45,475) comes with a choice of three interior themes, in one of three metallic body colors. Venetian leather seat upholstery, an Alcantara headliner, and 19-inch ebony-painted aluminum wheels are standard. Special perks include annual vehicle detailing. A Continuously Controlled Damping suspension is included on all except Premiere.
The 2.3-liter engine and all-wheel drive are optional.