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MSRP: $33,100 - $35,595
Invoice: $31,445 - $33,815
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Lincoln MKC Interior

Premium materials, including wood, soft-touch surfaces and high-end available leather upholstery impress test drivers who say the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC has a luxurious cabin. The front seats are comfortable, they report, but rear-seat legroom is particularly limited. According to reviewers, the MKC's cabin remains quiet at highway speeds. The MyLincoln Touch infotainment system can be unresponsive, they add.

  • "But what struck me about the MKC is the well-executed interior. The dash has a great flow about it and the instrument panel gauges look like something designed in Switzerland instead of Dearborn. The touch points are soft." -- Motor Trend
  • "Overall materials quality in the MKC isn't a home run, but we'll call it a solid double off the wall. The tastefully finished wood inlays and available leather upholstery impress, though the generic Ford-spec climate buttons and the dashboard's dull silver-painted plastic trim do not." -- Edmunds
  • "With fine materials, generous standard equipment and a cleaner control layout and visuals than some rivals, it's right in the thick of the segment, standing soft-touch plastic to soft-touch plastic with rivals like the top-selling Acura RDX, as well as Europe's Audi Q5, BMW X3, Land Rover Evoque, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Volvo XC60." -- Autoblog
  • "The Escape already features an unusually upscale cabin, so the Lincoln team had its work cut out. But one look at the MKC's beautiful wood inlays convinced us that this crossover means business. It's clearly more than just a gussied-up Ford." -- AutoTrader
  • "Inside, the littlest Lincoln lives up to its luxury billing. The dashtop and even the console are covered with thinly padded leather, while the armrests and door tops - where your elbows might rest - both get deeper padding under their leather coverings. Nice aluminum or wood trim augments a choice of four interior hues, including two-tone choices, resulting in a rich ambience." -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

The all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC seats five and comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as heated and power-adjustable front seats. Heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and leather upholstery are available. Over smooth roads and at highway speeds, the MKC's cabin offers great isolation from outside noise, test drivers say. However, a few report that noise from tires over rough roads can occasionally enter the cabin. Automotive writers think the 2015 MKC's front seats are long-haul comfortable and most are impressed with the high-quality available leather upholstery. They also agree that the MKC suffers from a lack of rear space, as legroom can be cramped for taller adults. A few reviewers also say rearward visibility is hindered by wide side pillars.

  • "Seating comfort in the two front chairs offered excellent comfort for the four hour drives we encountered during our California Central Coast cruises." -- Left Lane News
  • "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." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Another distinctive MKC trait is its hushed ride on the highway, thanks in part to a standard active noise-cancellation system. Tire roar can intrude on coarser surfaces, but noise levels are satisfactory overall." -- Edmunds
  • "Interior space is adequate for most adults, but taller folks might find a larger SUV more to their liking. There's good headroom front and rear, but the front seats don't go far enough back to accommodate those long of leg, and pushed as far back as they'll go, rear leg room gets tight. Visibility is okay to the front corners, but thick side and rear pillars block quite a bit, making the aforementioned standard rearview camera and rear obstacle detection a great help when backing." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We do wish the back seat had more legroom for times when taller folks are up front. …" -- AutoTrader

Interior Features

Standard features on the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC include a nine-speaker stereo, a media hub with an SD card reader and two USB ports, push-button start, a push-button gear selector, the SYNC with MyLincoln Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch-screen display, rear parking sensors, remote start, a rearview camera, heated side mirrors and dual-zone automatic climate control. The MKC also comes equipped with an automatic exterior light sensor that illuminates the door handles and entrances for the driver and front passenger approaching the vehicle. 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, lane keep assist and MyLincoln mobile app integration, which allows you to lock, unlock start and locate the vehicle using your smartphone.

According to reviewers, the 2015 MKC is loaded with features that will excite tech enthusiasts. Overall, they like the MyLincoln Touch system's clear screen and multitude of functions, but agree that it can be slow to respond to user inputs. Climate controls are within easy reach of drivers, but a few note that changing climate settings can be tedious because buttons need to be pressed multiple times. Some also mention that one USB port is hard to access due to its location deep inside the center stack.

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  • "The standard MyLincoln Touch (a.k.a. MyFord Touch) system handles Bluetooth, audio, navigation and other vehicle functions via its crisp 8-inch touchscreen. In practice, however, MyLincoln Touch's processing speeds still seem sluggish during certain tasks. Nonetheless, it is greatly improved over past iterations and tech-savvy owners will likely appreciate the system's vast capabilities." -- Edmunds
  • "The climate-control system uses repetitive-step pushbuttons for temperature and fan speed - which can make them tedious to adjust - while mode selection is done through the touchscreen, often requiring multiple steps to access. On the positive side, all controls are easy to reach, and automatic climate control is standard, so you probably won't have to fuss with them much." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Another nice thing about the 2015 MKC is that every model comes standard with MyLincoln Touch, Lincoln's version of MyFord Touch with a beautiful touchscreen display, Sync voice controls and two USB ports. Although the system is still prone to slowdowns on occasion, its wide range of skills should keep technophiles content for years." -- AutoTrader
  • "… the one USB port up front is placed deeply into what was once an ashtray. It's difficult to plug your phone into the port, especially if you have big, sausage-like fingers. But those are minor quibbles about a vehicle that feels luxurious throughout the cabin. It includes MyLincoln Touch, which other than sounding like a Class One felony is an excellent overall telematics system. Sync is standard and is still a very good voice-recognition system." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

The new 2015 Lincoln MKC has 25.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. With 53.1 cubic feet of space with the rear seat folded, the MKC has notably limited overall cargo space when compared with many rivals’ space, including the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. However, a few reviewers say the 2015 MKC still has a good amount of small-item storage space and plenty of cargo room to stow a family's gear. The MKC is also available with a hands-free power liftgate, which opens with a wave or kick under the rear bumper.

  • "… a bit more maximum cargo space would be welcome as well -- the MKC's slippery styling shrinks the cargo bay to 53.1 cu ft. versus the Escape's 68.1 cubes." -- AutoTrader
  • "Interior storage is quite good, in part due to the aforementioned gear selector. A smallish two-tiered glovebox is joined by a large two-tiered console box with 12-volt outlet, along with two open cupholders, a forward console bin (with Aux, dual USB, SD card, and 12-volt jacks), and medium-sized map pockets in the doors." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Cargo capacity is also disappointing. The MKC offers 25.2 cubic feet behind the second row and 53.1 cubes with the rear seatbacks folded down. Rivals such as the RDX and Volvo XC60 are notably roomier." -- Edmunds
  • "There's also 25.2 cubic feet of storage behind the second row, which is more than enough room for five people's luggage or all the groceries a growing family might need for a week. Speaking of which, if your hands are full, the MKC offers that liftgate that opens when you wag your foot under it. It's a neat feature that debuted on the Escape." -- Motor Trend
Review Last Updated: 7/25/14

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