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2015 Lincoln MKC

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/29/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The new 2015 Lincoln MKC competes in the compact two-row luxury crossover segment. It launches the most powerful four-cylinder EcoBoost engine in Ford/Lincoln's lineup, a 2.3-liter with 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Lincoln MKC is a two-row crossover available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations and slots below the larger MKX.

Overview

In addition to the 2015 Lincoln MKC's 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4, a smaller 2.0-liter is also available with 240 hp and 270 lb-ft. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission while front-wheel drive is only available with the smaller 2.0-liter. Fuel economy is decent for the class, with the front-drive 2.0-liter EcoBoost rated at 20/29 mpg city/highway and 19/26 mpg with all-wheel-drive. Opting for the more powerful 2.3-liter EcoBoost doesn't come with a big sacrifice in gas mileage, at 18/26 mpg.

Straight-line performance is class competitive with the larger 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4, providing good power for passing and merging. The smaller 2.0-liter EcoBoost is slower but isn't weak by any means with decent acceleration and mid-range torque. Handling is good particularly with all-wheel drive and doesn't sacrifice ride quality in favor of agility. There is also a drive selector with three modes: comfort, normal, and sport, allowing the driver to tailor the crossover to his or her liking.

The 2015 MKC's interior design is clean and straightforward with high-quality materials used throughout the cabin including soft-touch leather, as well as real wood and metal pieces. However, the buttons and knobs in the center stack are of mixed quality, with some cheap-feeling pieces mixed in with good ones. Refinement is good with a quiet cabin and space is good up front but the rear seats are tight even for two passengers. Trunk space is decent with up to 53.1 cubic feet of volume with the rear seats folded down. The infotainment system is also improved over earlier versions and is now easier to use and less finicky while the voice command system is one of the best in the segment.

Available safety aids include blind spot warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support that can provide additional stopping power in emergency situations. In IIHS evaluations, the 2015 MKC received a Good score in two categories (Good is the highest possible score). The 2015 Lincoln MKC has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars; however, the NHTSA has highlighted a safety concern warning for the crossover in a side impact crash).

What We Think

The 2015 Lincoln MKC is a good entry in a highly competitive segment with punchy turbocharged engines, and a modern interior and exterior design. In a First Test review, we said that the crossover's exterior is "stunning" and "the best modern Lincoln styling to date." Interior styling is also well executed "with acres of soft-touch leather—including a modern take on quilted door panels—nicely restrained open-pore wood, and soft-sheen aluminum."

However, the center stack is somewhat lacking with mix of high-grade and cheap materials used in buttons and knobs. In a First Drive review, we said that the MKC's performance is notable with punchy turbo-fours and an available all-wheel-drive system that makes it a good choice for dirt roads. While the six-speed automatic is a good unit, it has a tendency to get confused when going up grades, which made it hesitant to shift up or down.

You'll Like

  • Punchy turbocharged engines
  • Clean and modern interior
  • Quiet cabin

You Won't Like

  • Snug rear seats
  • Inconsistent material quality in the center stack
  • Transmission gets confused when going uphill

Key Competitors

  • BMW X1
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
  • Lexus NX
  • Audi Q3
  • Acura RDX

Rating

3 star

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