2018 MKC New Car Test Drive
The Lincoln MKC luxury compact crossover SUV shares its foundation and much of its structure with the long-lived Ford Escape. In appearance, the two models differ. Lincoln introduced its MKC as a 2015 model.
Little has changed for the 2018 model year. Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label trim levels are offered. Even the base model is well-equipped. With its brightly shining interior, in particular, the MKC delivers on the level of luxury promised by the Lincoln brand.
Lincoln offers a choice of two powertrains. Base engine is a 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-cylinder that develops 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Pushbuttons make selections on the standard 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is estimated at up to 23 mpg in Combined city/highway driving.
The 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet, sufficient to permit acceleration to 60 mph in less than seven seconds, a quick performance. This engine is an option for all MKC trim levels except Premiere, but is not offered for the Ford Escape.
Each MKC version is offered with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The 285-horsepower, 2.3-liter engine comes only with all-wheel drive.
Available Stop/Start technology can shut off the 2.0-liter engine at stoplights, to help save fuel. An adaptive suspension with continuously controlled dampers is available for upper trim levels. With either engine, an MKC is rated to tow 3,000 pounds.
In its crash-testing program, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the MKC only a four-star overall rating. The MKC earned a five-star score for the side-impact test, but four stars for frontal impact and rollover resistance (a calculated figure). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has put the MKC through only part of its crash-test program, giving it a Good rating for side-impact and moderate overlap testing.
A rearview camera is standard. Blind-spot monitoring is included or available with upper trim levels. An optional Technology Package includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and parking assist.
A reworked MKC is scheduled for release in summer 2018 as a 2019 model, with revised styling and a pre-collision safety system.
Lincoln MKC Premiere ($33,355), the base model, comes with the 2.0-liter engine and includes heated power front seats, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, pushbutton start, a rearview camera, 18-inch alloy wheels, power liftgate, and nine-speaker audio. Infotainment features an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Sync 3. Premiere AWD ($35,765) has all-wheel drive rather than front-drive. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $925 destination charge.)
MKC Select ($36,110) and Select AWD ($38,520) upgrade with perforated leather seat surfaces and ambient lighting, as well as greater option availability, including blind-spot monitoring.
MKC Reserve ($39,985) and Reserve AWD ($42,395) include a dual-pane sunroof, navigation, heated/ventilated front seats, wood interior accents, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
MKC Black Label ($45,975) and Black Label AWD ($48,380) come with 19-inch wheels, upgraded leather seating surfaces, and an Alcantara headliner.