It is the latest from Lincoln, the struggling car maker that once was the pinnacle of the industry. On its way back is the Lincoln MKC SUV crossover that is introducing luxury and new technologies at a great price.
The MKC will be available this month and offers three engine types that include Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost, direct-injection, I-4 turbo engine that creates 285 hp and provides 305 lb-ft of torque. This is the engine the new 2015 Mustang will debut as well. The 2.0-liter version is also quick and responsive with slightly less power, but not noticeably different for the day-to-day. Off the line, the strength of this engine performs and its output will please drivers. The all-wheel-drive edition is fundamentally a better drive and provides a more confident connection to the road and enviable maneuvering through inclement weather.
Each edition of the MKC offers the six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with paddle shifters that is surprisingly responsive and smooth. Lincoln Drive Control options are Normal, Comfort and, most nimble of the three, Sport — giving drivers a performance mode that will fit their every mood.
Luxury is front and center with this Lincoln crossover. The dash layout and the spacious cabin add to the luxurious leather seating surfaces and convenience of all gadgets a driver may need while driving or while stopped. The technologies bring the MyLincoln Touch, a lane-keep assist system, driver alert and other driver-assist systems that one can expect on a luxury vehicle. The navigation and onboard computer systems are top notch and include Bluetooth technology and reliable sync options.
A true competitor to the overseas brand with one distinguishable difference — price. This complete top-of-the-line model base price is nearly $20,000 less than the Mercedes, BMW or Lexus models. While it has been called a luxury Ford Escape, this MKC impresses and is clearly many steps above.
2015 Lincoln MKC AWD SUV
City MPG 18
Hwy MPG 26
0-60 MPH 6.4 sec
Transmission 6-speed automatic