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2016 Lincoln MKC: What You Need to Know

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The 2016 Lincoln MKC delivers a quiet, cushioned ride, and a long list of standard features reviewers say, but they dislike its small rear seats and cramped cargo area.

The 2016 Lincoln MKC is ranked:

The 2016 Lincoln MKC comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is responsive and provides adequate power, test drivers say, but they add that the acceleration fails to impress. They say the available turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine is slightly more powerful but does not feel much different in practice. A six-speed automatic transmission is paired with both engines.

The MKC gets an EPA-estimated 20/29 mpg city/highway, which is right at the class average. The MKC also comes with an available adaptive suspension that features Comfort, Normal and Sport modes.

Automotive writers praise the 2016 MKC for providing an exceptionally quiet ride. They add that the cabin features several high-end materials but note that the presence of some hard plastics makes the interior feel less posh than it could. Test drivers report that the front seats are comfortable, although some think that taller passengers may want more headroom. Most critics agree that the rear seats are cramped. The cargo capacity also checks in below the class average.

Reviewers do appreciate the lengthy list of standard features, which includes dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, push-button shifting, satellite radio, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and the new SYNC 3 infotainment system, which features an 8-inch touch-screen display, Siri Eyes-Free functionality for iPhone users, Bluetooth and AppLink, which lets you connect your smartphone to the system and control your favorite apps with voice commands. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a 14-speaker THX II audio system, voice-activated navigation, lane keep assist, collision warning and blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert. Critics enjoy the SYNC 3 system for its usability, and they add that the push-button transmission setup adds cabin versatility by creating extra space.

Other SUVs to Consider

The BMW X3 earns praise from test drivers for providing a fun, engaging driving experience. The base X3 earns marginally better fuel economy estimates than the MKC, and it also has one of the highest cargo capacities in the class.

The Volvo XC60 has one of the best fuel economy estimates in the class and offers ample cargo space. Reviewers say the XC60 has a large rear seat, and they enjoy the premium interior feel and appealing driving experience.

Details: 2016 Lincoln MKC

The 2016 Lincoln MKC comes in three trims: Premier (base), Select and Reserve. The MKC seats five and comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine and front-wheel drive. A turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine and all-wheel drive are available. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The MKC was introduced in 2015, and the only major change for the 2016 model year is the inclusion of the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which replaces the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Read the full 2016 Lincoln MKC reviewon U.S. News Best Cars for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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