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2015 Lincoln MKC: What You Need to Know

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The Lincoln MKC has athletic handling, a quiet interior, lots of standard features, and a solid predicted reliability rating. However, its rear seats are cramped and its touch screen has a tendency to lag.

The 2015 Lincoln MKC is ranked:

Is the 2015 Lincoln MKC a Good Used SUV?

The Lincoln MKC is a good option if you’re shopping for a used luxury compact SUV but aren’t looking to pay a luxury premium. The MKC boasts polished handling, zippy engines, a hushed cabin, and advanced safety features – often at a price that beats its class competitors by thousands. That said, you’ll still want to look at rivals such as the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, which offer easier-to-use infotainment systems, classier interiors, and superior safety ratings.

Used 2015 Lincoln MKC Performance and Interior

Two turbocharged EcoBoost engines are available for the Lincoln MKC: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and a 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 285 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard; front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. Both EcoBoost engines feel powerful and refined. Acceleration is brisk and there’s ample muscle for quick highway passing. However, the transmission is occasionally slow to downshift. Fuel economy ranges from 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with the 2.0-liter engine (FWD) to 18/25 mpg with the 2.3-liter engine (AWD).

The MKC strikes a nice balance between sportiness and ride comfort. It stays planted and composed through tight corners, and its brakes provide confident stopping power. The steering feels playful and snappy. Yet, the MKC’s suspension yields a smooth ride and soaks up bumps and dips with poise. The available Lincoln Drive Control adaptive suspension improves this further. The MKC has a towing capacity of 3,000 pounds when properly equipped.

The Lincoln MKC seats five and features a dapper, crisply styled interior. The cabin is hushed at highway speeds, and many surfaces are covered by soft-touch plastics. The front row offers generous head- and legroom, and the seats are soft and comfortable. The rear seats are slim on legroom, however, especially with taller passengers up front. Rear visibility is OK but not great, due to the MKC’s thick roof pillars and slender rear window. Heated front seats are standard; leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear seats are available. For securing child car seats, there are two full sets of LATCH connectors in the outward rear seats, with a tether anchor for the middle seat. The 60/40-split rear seats can fold, boosting cargo space from 25.2 to 53.1 cubic feet.

Lincoln equips all MKC models with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, SYNC voice recognition, satellite radio, a USB input, and the MyKey parental control system, which allows you to set audio volume and vehicle speed limits. A navigation system is available. The uncluttered dashboard has simple audio and climate control buttons, and the voice recognition system works well. That said, the My Lincoln Touch system isn’t very user-friendly. Some of its on-screen functions seem complex and require too many steps. Though better than previous versions, the screen is prone to lagging.

Used 2015 Lincoln MKC Prices

The price of a used 2015 Lincoln MKC ranges from about $25,000 for base MKC Premiere models to around $37,600 for range-topping Black Label models. Used Lincoln MKC pricing will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

We researched 17 Lincoln MKC reviews, as well as hard data like safety scores and ownership costs, to help you make the best car buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lincoln MKC?

The Lincoln MKC has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

How Safe Is the MKC?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Lincoln MKC a four-out-of-five-star rating for overall, front, and rollover crash safety, as well as five stars in side impact testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the MKC a Good rating (the best possible) in both front and side impact safety. Overall, these ratings are a little low for the class.

The MKC is available with many advanced safety features. The Technology package (available in Reserve trims only) adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keeping and parallel park assist, front parking sensors, and a driver drowsiness monitor. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are available in Select and Reserve trims. Lincoln equips all models with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

Should I Consider Another Used MKC?

Lincoln launched the MKC crossover as a fully redesigned model for 2015. You may want to consider the newer 2016 MKC, which comes with a better infotainment system (SYNC 3 replaces the MyLincoln Touch interface). Otherwise, there are few differences between these model years, and you’re likely to find used 2015 models at lower prices.

Which Used Lincoln MKC Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Lincoln MKC is available in four trims: Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. The MKC Premiere has heated front seats, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, remote start, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. The MKC Select adds auto-folding mirrors and leather upholstery. The MKC Reserve adds navigation, a hands-free power liftgate, a sunroof, heated and cooled front seats, and blind spot monitoring. Available features include rain-sensing wipers, a DVD player, and a suite of advanced safety features bundled into the Technology package.

You may want to shop for a certified pre-owned MKC. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

2015 Lincoln MKC and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKC or 2015 Ford Escape?

The Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC share the same vehicle platform. As a result, both offer comfortable yet agile driving dynamics, potent engines, and upscale interiors. Unfortunately, both also share slow infotainment systems and below-average safety scores. The Escape has a larger cargo space, and used models are typically much less expensive. Even so, the MKC is the better compact crossover. It offers a much higher predicted reliability rating and superior safety features like forward collision warning.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKC or 2015 Lincoln MKX?

The midsize 2015 Lincoln MKX offers two key advantages over the smaller MKC: roomier back seats and a larger cargo space. Beyond that, the MKX falls flat. It has aged exterior styling, cheap-looking interior materials, poor fuel economy, and a lower predicted reliability rating than the MKC. The MKC is the better Lincoln.

Read the full 2015 Lincoln MKC reviewon U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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