2015 Lincoln MKC

Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4 auto trans

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2015 Lincoln MKC Front Three Quarter In Motion 2
Premium brands don’t just sell products; they also sell stories. This is true for consumer electronics companies. Apple sells the mystique of Steve Jobs and the mantra, “Think Different.” It’s just as true for car brands. A Toyota Camry is a well-built commuter car. A Lexus ES, on the other hand, is crafted to the painstaking standards of a brand dedicated to perfection. Similar cars, much different stories. Call it mythos. Call it marketing B.S. The story is as much a part of the luxury-car experience as leather seats.
2015 Lincoln MKC Rear End In Motion 2
I’m thinking about all this as I grab the keys to the 2015 Lincoln MKC on a brisk Michigan evening. It has the leather seats, but it lacks a narrative. The handsome exterior styling certainly says “premium” but declines to get more specific. Even its most distinctive brand-specific cue, the Lincoln-logo puddle lights, is derivative, reminding me of a similar touch on the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. Whatever happened to the bold, stunningly unique Lincoln C concept from Freeman Thomas’ studio, with its 1960s Continental roofline?
The interior conveys a slightly clearer message. As in the Lincoln MKZ sedan, a push-button transmission cleans up the center console. I like it, although some have understandably complained that it’s too easy to hit the wrong button. (A recent recall relocates the starter button to prevent drivers from accidently shutting off the car when changing gears.) Lincoln’s version of MyFordTouch works well because you can now touch knobs and buttons as well as its 8-inch color screen. Most of the materials, real and man-made, look and feel on par for a crossover that starts around $35,000.
I once asked Lincoln executives how they want their cars to drive, given a spectrum from BMW to Lexus. “The sweet spot in the middle” was the response. That sounds fantastic in theory but, on my 50-mile commute home in the 2015 Lincoln MKC, it came off as a bit confused.
2015 Lincoln MKC Cabin 2
The steering is nervous and strangely artificial off-center, not unlike what we’ve experienced in the Ford Focus ST. Under hard acceleration, torque squirms through the steering wheel, despite the fact that this MKC is equipped with all-wheel drive. The 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 285 horsepower, an upgrade from the standard 2.0-liter turbo, doesn’t excite enough to justify its city fuel-economy rating -- an unsatisfactory 18 mpg -- or its $4,550 price tag. The adaptive suspension performs better, taming the frost heaves and potholes while ably controlling body motions.
2015 Lincoln MKC Engine
It would be tempting to blame the Lincoln MKC’s lack of personality on its Ford Escape underpinnings. It would also be incorrect. The 2015 Audi Q3, which arrived in the office around the same time as the MKC, is basically a last-generation Volkswagen Golf under its skin. Yet it looks, feels, and goes down the road like an Audi.
The 2015 Lincoln MKC has been attracting plenty of customers in its first few months on the market. Lincoln says many of them are new to luxury cars, which makes sense, since they’d be the least likely to get hung up on image and pretense. Or maybe they really like Matthew McConaughey. Regardless, they are getting a nice crossover for their money, especially if that money totals $40,000 or less. But if Lincoln hopes to grow with these customers and steal more sales from premium competitors in the future, it will need to figure out what story it wants to tell.

2015 Lincoln MKC Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $33,995/$49,265 (base/as tested)
Engine: 2.3L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4/285 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 305 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD crossover
EPA Mileage: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Suspension F/R: Strut-type, coil springs/multilink, coil springs
Brakes F/R: Vented discs/discs
Tires: 245/45R-19 98V Michelin Latitude Tour HP
L x W x H: 179.2 x 73.4 x 65.2 in
Wheelbase: 105.9 in
Weight: 3,457 lb
2015 Lincoln MKC Front Side Motion View With Sunlight
SANTA BARBARA, California – In the automobile business, some decisions are as easy as pouring yourself a beer for cocktail hour. Expanding your luxury car line to chase the hottest segment in the business is one. So, too, is entering the Chinese market, where you can potentially double your sales. Lincoln is doing both of these—it has just entered the compact premium crossover/utility segment and is about to open its first eight dealerships in China this fall. This combo easily will re-boost the brand’s waning sales numbers and its viability.
The 2015 Lincoln MKC is not simply a rebodied Ford Escape Titanium, as we had feared. Lincoln apparently has studied the Volkswagen-Audi relationship well. The MKC is about the same length as the Escape and has the same wheelbase, though the front and rear tracks are each 0.9-inch wider. The only relevant differences in the chassis are shock tuning and the MKC’s continuously controlled dampers. Assembled in the same Louisville, Kentucky, plant as the Escape, the MKC has its own inspection line and standards. Tolerances will be “nominal” instead of “to spec.”
The MKC’s interior features “Deepsoft” naturally milled leather from Scottish supplier Bridge of Weir, and the front seats are supple, comfortable, heated and cooled in the top-spec Reserve model. The front passenger seat and driver’s seat are ten-way power thrones with power lumbar. The optional new Lincoln steering wheel design has well executed controls, and the Woolsdorf leather-covered rim feels just the right thickness. The center console is nicely laid out, with a covered bin forward of the cupholders so you don’t have to place your keys in the cupholder, where your Peet’s Major Dickason’s blend belongs—designers hate that.
There’s no traditional shifter to take up space in the console. Like the MKZ and all Lincolns to come, there’s a pushbutton shifter just left of the navigation screen. It’s a modern electronic interpretation of the mechanical pushbuttons Ford and other automakers tried in the ‘50s and ‘60s, with the ignition button just below S, which changes the six-speed automatic’s mapping to speed up the shifts whether or not you use the paddle shifters.
However, much of what we like about the new 2015 Lincoln MKC is optional. The only models offered up for the first drive were Reserves, with the new 285-hp 2.3-liter EcoBoost four. The engine is optional on all trim levels, and comes with all-wheel-drive only. The base Premiere trim level doesn’t include the Bridge of Weir leather. While the middle Select does, the seats are not cooled unless you add the climate package. The Reserve (yes, there’s a wine motif here) also includes voice-activated navigation and a panoramic vista roof that cuts into the otherwise roomy second row’s headroom.
Base price for a FWD 2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere is $33,995, a figure that the Ford Escape Titanium can easily eclipse. The mid-level Select will start around $40k, depending on whether you choose the 2.0-liter with FWD or AWD, or the AWD 2.3. The FWD 2.0-liter Reserve starts at $40,930. Our tester’s Monroney was $50,065 all-in, however.
One of the options independent of trim levels is the new active park assist, which finds an appropriately large parallel space and steers into it as you operate the pedals. What’s new about it is that it also steers you out of the space, which perhaps is important given the way a tallish CUV’s body can make it hard to find the corners.
Apart from this further step toward autonomy, the 2015 Lincoln MKC steers, rides and handles better than you might expect from this segment. It’s not an anodyne, pampered-people mover like the larger Lexus RX or the Lincoln MKX (which will be replaced next year). With the suspension in Comfort mode and the transmission in D instead of S, the handling is cushy enough to be near the edge of wallowy, something we didn’t notice in the Normal suspension mode.
With the suspension in Sport, it’s not too stiff over California’s highways and two-lanes. The steering is quick and precise without being too twitchy for a tall-ish vehicle. Turn-in is fabulous, and pairs nicely with the 285-hp EcoBoost’s quick tip-in. Lag is only noticeable when you suddenly call for more power while trolling at 2500 rpm or so. This all bodes well for the 2015 Ford Mustang with the same 2.3-liter EcoBoost four, which should weigh about 600-700 pounds less than the AWD MKC.
The most striking thing about the 2015 Lincoln MKC is that thing you notice by its absence—noise. With its active noise cancellation, the compact Lincoln CUV is library quiet, which makes the intrusiveness of the twenty-inch Michelins that much more noticeable.
Other criticisms? On our return trip to our base, flogging the 2015 Lincoln MKC while manically clicking the paddle shifters through twisty mountain roads southeast of Santa Barbara, we went through an indicated half-tank of fuel in roughly eighty miles. We’ll reserve judgment until we can drive one back home, but it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the 2.3-liter turbo four is like other EcoBoost engines in that you never get Eco and Boost at the same time. Nevertheless, the Lincoln MKC is a credible competitor for the Acura RDX, the larger Cadillac SRX, and quite possibly even the Audi Q5. Lincoln enters the hottest global automotive segment with an effort that ought to provide a few more rounds of beer for Lincoln designer and engineers.

2015 Lincoln MKC

Base Price: $33,995 (including destination)
Price As Tested: $50,065
Powertrain
Engine: 2.0L turbo I-4; 2.3L turbo I-4
Power: 240 hp; 285 hp
Torque: 270 lb-ft; 305 lb-ft
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front- or all-wheel
Chassis
Steering: Electronically assisted rack-and-pinion
Front suspension: MacPherson struts, gas-pressurized shocks, anti-roll bar. Continuously controlled damping (AWD).
Rear suspension: Independent multi-link, progressive-rate springs, monotube gas-pressurized shocks. Continuously controlled damping (AWD).
Brakes (front/rear): Ventilated discs front, solid discs rear, ABS
Tires: Michelin P235/50R-18, P235/45R-19, P245/45R-19, P255/40R-20
Measurements
L x W x H: 179.2 x 73.4 x 65.2 in
Wheelbase: 105.9 in
Weight: 3791-3989 lb
Cargo Volume: 25.2/53.1 cu ft (behind second/first row)
EPA Mileage: 20/29 mpg (2.0L FWD), 19/26 mpg (2.0L AWD), 18/26 mpg (2.3L AWD)
2015 Lincoln MKC
2015 Lincoln MKC

New for 2015

The Lincoln MKC is an all-new model for 2015.

Vehicle Overview

The Lincoln MKC is a compact luxury crossover that’s based off the same platform as the Ford Escape, and offers a choice of two turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engines. The MKC is available with front- or all-wheel drive, but offers a level of luxury that far exceeds the Escape's high-end Titanium trim level. The MKC fits below the two-row MKX and three-row MKT in Lincoln's crossover lineup.

Summary

The 2015 Lincoln MKC is powered by a pair of EcoBoost I-4 engines that feed their power through a six-speed automatic to a front- or all-wheel-drive drivetrain. The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 that produces 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque and is rated by the EPA at 20/29 mpg (city/highway) for FWD models, and 19/26 mpg with the AWD system. For AWD models a more powerful turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 is available that produces 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque, which gets an EPA-estimated 18/26 mpg.
Many of the convenient features from the Ford Escape carry over to the 2015 MKC, including the hands-free power liftgate, active park assist with park out assist (pulling into and out of parking spaces), a blind spot warning with cross-traffic alert, and ambient lighting. The MKC is far more than a dressed up Escape, and as such adds numerous luxury features, such as electronically controlled suspension damping, active noise control, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, a THX II certified premium audio system, and premium materials such as Bridge of Weir leather and wood trim. The 2015 Lincoln MKC received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), but the organization noted that during the side impact test the left rear passenger door unlatched and opened, increasing the likelihood of occupant ejection. The Lincoln MKC has not been crash tested by the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Lincoln MKC is the first foray of Ford’s premium brand into the lucrative compact premium crossover segment. Together with the launch of the Lincoln brand in China, the MKC’s entry into the market is expected to turn things around for the automaker. The Lincoln MKC is a capable entry-level crossover that surprised us by being more than a Ford Escape with a new outfit on. More technology has found its way into the Lincoln, and some truly sumptuous Bridge of Weir leather, as well. In a Driven Review of a 2015 Lincoln MKC we noted, “The MKC steers, rides and handles better than you might expect from this segment … with the suspension in Comfort mode and the transmission in D instead of S, the handling is cushy enough to be near the edge of wallowy, something we didn’t notice in the Normal suspension mode … the steering is quick and precise without being too twitchy for a tall-ish vehicle. Turn-in is fabulous, and pairs nicely with the 285-hp EcoBoost’s quick tip-in. Lag is only noticeable when you suddenly call for more power while trolling at 2500 rpm or so.”
In that same review we also noted that much of what we like about the new 2015 Lincoln MKC is optional. The starting price of $33,995 (including $895 destination fee) places the Lincoln squarely among the entrenched competition, such as the Acura RDX, Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and the BMW X1. Buyers in the segment will likely pay close attention to fuel economy and cargo capacity, and the Lincoln doesn’t disappoint. The MKC (20/29 mpg) matches the Audi Q3, and beats the Acura RDX (20/28 mpg) in fuel efficiency ratings, but is bested by the BMW (23/34 mpg) and Mercedes (24/32 mpg). Cargo capacity places the newcomer Lincoln near the top as well (25.2/53.1 cubic feet), coming in below the capacious RDX (26.1/76.9 cubic feet), matching the BMW (more room with the rear seats up, but not down; 25/56 cubic feet), and beating the Audi and Mercedes-Benz handily (16.7/48.2 and 17.2/42 cubic feet, respectively).
With many of these compact luxury crossovers, it's not tough to see the final MSRP with desired options climb many thousands of dollars, at which point you might ask yourself: Would I be better off with a more moderately equipped midsize luxury crossover? Even so, the MKC is a capable small crossover that compares well within the segment; just keep an eye on the MSRP when choosing options.

You’ll Like

  • Long list of available features
  • Quiet and comfortable
  • Lots of power with available 2.3 EcoBoost engine

You Won’t Like

  • Can get pricey with options
  • Fuel economy isn’t class leading

Key Competitors

  • Acura RDX
  • BMW X1
  • Audi Q3
  • Mercedes Benz GLA-Class

Rating

4
Matthew McConaughey With 2015 Lincoln MKC 2
The Lincoln Motor Company announced today that actor Matthew McConaughey will serve as the face of a new ad campaign for the luxury brand. A new series of internet and TV commercials will feature McConaughey promoting the new 2015 Lincoln MKC crossover.
2015 Lincoln MKC Front End
Lincoln has released pricing for the 2015 Lincoln MKC, which positions the small luxury crossover as a more affordable option than its German competitors. At $33,995 including destination, the 2015 Lincoln MKC is Lincoln’s projected volume car with which it hopes capitalize on surging entry-level luxury sales.

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2015 Lincoln MKC Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
29 MPG
Horsepower:
240 hp @ 5500rpm
Torque:
270 ft lb of torque @ 3000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
70,000 miles / 72 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
70,000 miles / 72 months
Maintenance
24,000 miles / 24 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured August 20, 2013, to June 6, 2014. The affected vehicles may have visible air bubbles in the windshield glass. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, "Glazing Materials."
Consequences
Air bubbles in the windshield could impact the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the windshields for air bubbles, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in August 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14C07.
Potential Units Affected
1,139
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ford Focus vehicles manufactured May 1, 2014, to May 24, 2014, 2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured on June 6, 2014, and 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured June 4, 2014, to July 7, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the Fuel Delivery Module (FDM) may crack between the filter body and the filter cap, possibly resulting in low fuel pressure.
Consequences
A reduction in fuel pressure may result in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the FDM, free of charge. The recall began in September 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S20.
Potential Units Affected
301
Notes
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Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured August 20, 2013, to September 9, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the Push-to Start/Stop (PTS) button that is located at the bottom of the shift transmission controls may inadvertently be pushed, causing the engine to shut off.
Consequences
If the PTS switch is inadvertently pressed, the vehicle may stop unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. In the event of a crash with the vehicle turned off, the air bags and seat belt restaints may not function as intended, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will relocate the PTS switch and reprogram the Powertrain Control Module (PCM), free of charge. The recall began March 3, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S29.
Potential Units Affected
11,144
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) notified the agency on January 8, 2015, that they are recalling certain model year 2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured April 15, 2014, to May 8, 2014, and 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured April 21, 2014, to May 15, 2014. On April 30, 2015, Ford expanded the recall to cover an additional 45,505 vehicles, including certain model year 2014-2015 Ford Transit Connect vehicles manufactured November 11, 2013, to August 29, 2014, 2014-2015 Ford Fiesta vehicles manufactured April 10, 2014, to June 17, 2014 and 2014 Ford Edge vehicles manufactured April 30, 2014, to May 21, 2014. Improper nickel plating of components within the fuel pump may result in the fuel pump failing.
Consequences
If the fuel pump fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump, free of charge. The recall began on February 27, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S30.
Potential Units Affected
54,543
Notes
Ford Motor Company


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 Lincoln MKC

Depreciation
46.4%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$20,468
46.4%
Insurance
$7,395
16.8%
Fuel Cost
$9,982
22.6%
Financing
$3,587
8.1%
Maintenance
$1,842
4.2%
Repair Costs
$405
0.9%
State Fees
$469
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $44,148 What's This?
Value Rating: Average