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Lincoln MKC Review

The 2015 Lincoln MKC ranks 7 out of 14 Luxury Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Lincoln MKC, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Critics say that the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC provides a powerful standard engine, nimble handling and a premium interior that compares favorably with more expensive luxury SUVs.

The all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC features a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine that test drivers find achieves highway speeds effortlessly. They note that the slightly larger available turbocharged four-cylinder engine is heartier and more robust. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that some reviewers say is slow to downshift from time to time. The 2015 MKC gets an EPA-estimated 20/29 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. Test drivers praise the MKC's agile handling and composed ride. They also like the available Lincoln Drive Control system that allows drivers to switch between Comfort, Normal and Sport Drive modes.

Reviewers describe the 2015 MKC’s cabin as hushed and elegant, and they report that premium materials like wood trim and high-end leather upholstery are available. The front seats are supportive, critics say, but there is insufficient legroom in the rear seats. The MKC's cargo space doesn't measure up to most SUVs in its class. The MKC comes with a generous amount of standard features that reviewers say will please most technology enthusiasts, including a nine-speaker stereo, two USB ports, push-button start, a rearview camera and the SYNC with MyLincoln Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch-screen display. Available features include an upgraded 14-speaker THX-II audio system, a panoramic sunroof, navigation, a blind spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, active park assist and lane keep assist. According to automotive journalists, the MKC's climate controls are within easy reach, but a few test drivers don't like that MyLincoln Touch can be unresponsive, and that some adjustments require multiple presses of buttons.

  • "Among competitively priced premium sport utes, the MKC comes off as leaning - perhaps expectedly - more to the luxury side than the sport side. And it plays that role well. Although it might be difficult to persuade buyers in this segment to look to Lincoln for a compact crossover, those seeking what that brand is known for would be well advised to put the MKC on their radar." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2015 Lincoln MKC doesn't set any new standards for the small luxury crossover segment. But as a stylish and nimble-handling alternative to the class favorites, it's a smart choice." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 Lincoln MKC is a significant upgrade over the already desirable Escape, and it competes quite well against most rivals. Plus, its starting price is well under $35,000, making it something of a bargain by current standards. This is a compact luxury crossover that America can be proud of." -- AutoTrader
  • "The new-for-2015 Lincoln MKC is the division's first entry into the red-hot luxury compact crossover SUV segment. Sharing a platform with the Ford Escape, the 5-passenger MKC features unique interior/exterior styling as well as a wide spectrum of Lincoln-specific mechanical and feature upgrades that endow it with elevated levels of refinement and performance." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The four-wheeled result seen here is a surprisingly cohesive luxury CUV, one with significantly more aesthetic and dynamic separation from its Ford Escape sibling than the MKZ and its Fusion counterpart. Said another way, after flogging Lincoln's latest for hundreds of miles over canyon roads outside of Santa Barbara, we've come to understand that this is far from a re-grilled Dearborn special with luxury tinsel - it's a bona fide standalone product that readily displays the sort of clear differentiation seen in platform cousins like the Audi Q3 and the Volkswagen Tiguan. It's the real deal." -- Autoblog

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Other SUVs to Consider

The BMW X3 offers more cargo space than most other SUVs in the class, and the base X3 earns slightly better fuel economy estimates than the MKC. In addition, test drivers agree that the X3 is one of the most fun-to-drive luxury compact SUVs.

Automotive writers report that the Volvo XC60 has a roomy rear seat, and they like its upscale cabin design and great driving dynamics. Additionally, the XC60 earns excellent fuel economy estimates, and it has one of the highest cargo capacities in the class.

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Details: 2015 Lincoln MKC

The 2015 Lincoln MKC seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. Three equipment groups are offered: Premiere (base), Select and Reserve. A turbocharged (EcoBoost) 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard, and an EcoBoost 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive are optional. The Lincoln MKC is an all-new model for 2015.

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Review Last Updated: 8/27/15

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