New for 2015The Lincoln MKC is an all-new model for 2015.
Vehicle OverviewThe 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.
SummaryThe 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 ThinkThe 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.
- 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
- Acura RDX
- BMW X1
- Audi Q3
- Mercedes Benz GLA-Class