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  • James Flammang
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    2016 Lincoln MKC OVERVIEW

    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:


    The base Premiere trim starts at $34,185, including front-wheel drive and the 2-liter engine. Standard features include leatherette seating (called “Lincoln Luxury Soft-Touch”), heated front seats, a 10-way power driver's seat, driver’s knee airbag, leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and start, a nine-speaker audio system with USB input and satellite radio, and backup camera. A SYNC 3 communication system replaces the previous MyLincolnTouch, with an 8-inch touchscreen interface. Alloy wheels hold 18-inch tires. All-wheel drive adds $2,495 to the MSRP.


    Adds $3,830 to the sticker price, including different 18-inch alloy wheels, leather-trimmed seats, a 10-way power front passenger's seat with lumbar support, cargo cover, power-folding side mirrors, an auto-dimming inside mirror, and interior ambient lighting. Adaptive dampers are optional, as are a trailer tow package, panoramic moonroof, Climate Package (heated rear seats and steering wheel, auto high beams and rain-sensing wipers), and THX premium audio system. The Select Plus package adds navigation and a blind-spot monitoring system. All-wheel drive is available, as is the 2.3-liter engine (for an additional $1,140).


    Adding $3,370 to the Select’s price, Reserve trim has all of its features and available powertrains. Also included are heated rear seats, heated/cooled front seats, a navigation system, blind-spot monitoring, a hands-free power tailgate, panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable steering wheel, and a built-in wireless modem. The $2,295 Technology Package adds adaptive cruise control, forward sensing, active park assist, and lane-keeping assist. Also available are the adaptive damping suspension, 19-inch wheels, and THX audio system.

    Black Label

    Topping the MKC line is a quartet of Black Label editions with varying interior design themes, dubbed Indulgence, Center Stage, Modern Heritage, or Oasis. Each includes wood interior trim, 10-speaker premium sound, a Torque Vectoring brake system, leather headliner, and 19-inch alloy wheels. With all-wheel drive, the MSRP nears $49,000.

    CarsDirect Tip

    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.

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