Launched for 2015, the brand-new Lincoln MKC was the brand's first foray into the ever-growing compact luxury crossover segment. As such, it was expected to give Ford's premium brand a big boost against rivals. While MKC shares construction basics with its corporate cousin, the compact Ford Escape, that's evidence of a well-proven, solid foundation for a refined crossover.
What's New for 2016
The MKC was a totally new model for 2015. This year, a power liftgate (lacking a hands-free function) is standard on all Select models. Towing capacity for 2.3-liter EcoBoost models has increased to 3,000 pounds. The optional Climate Package now includes a Heated Wiper Park feature to prevent wiper blades from freezing.
Choosing Your Lincoln MKC
While it's closely related to the Ford Escape, the Lincoln offers the first application of Ford's new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, making 285 horsepower with standard all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive is standard with the base 2-liter EcoBoost, producing 240 horsepower. All MKCs get a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is estimated at 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway with front-wheel drive. With all-wheel drive, the estimate dips to 19/26 mpg for the 2-liter engine, and 18/26 mpg with the 2.3-liter.
Three basic trim levels are offered, plus the group of Black Label design themes:
Opting for Reserve trim and its options gets expensive quickly: easily sliding into the $50,000 neighborhood -- pretty hefty for a compact crossover. Select, meanwhile, provides a bit of everything while keeping the bottom line more tolerable. For many buyers in this growing league, the more robust 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine may well be worth the additional dollars.