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Compact crossover SUVs provide a reasonably priced gateway to luxury marques. The 2018 Lincoln MKC is the brand’s most affordable model, offered in four trims, including Black Label with available concierge services.

What's New for 2018

For 2018, all models gain Lincoln Connect, the brand’s 4G wi-fi hotspot platform. The remaining changes cover trim leveling shuffling.

Choosing Your Lincoln MKC

Designed to seat five, but most comfortable for four, the 2018 Lincoln MKC tackles the small crossover SUV segment with gusto, delivering four grades: Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. Standard equipment includes automatic Xenon headlights, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, a power liftgate, push-button start, a rearview camera, a nine-speaker audio system, and heated front seats.

The MKC provides standard front-wheel and available all-wheel drive ($2,410 extra) with two engine choices. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder generates 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. This model earns an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, or 19/25 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive.

Also available is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 285 hp and 305 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with all-wheel drive only. Models equipped with this engine earn an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

A six-speed automatic transmission works alongside both engines. This model has a maximum available tow rating of 3,000 pounds regardless of engine choice.

Nine or 10 exterior color choices are available on most models, including five special choices costing $695 each.

Premiere

The entry-level Premiere starts at $34,280 (prices include the $925 destination charge). In addition to the aforementioned standard equipment, the Premiere supplies 18-inch aluminum wheels, remote start, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, power-controlled front seats with driver lumbar control, and a 60/40 reclining and split fold-down rear seat. The standard technologies include a SYNC interface, Bluetooth connectivity, Lincoln Connect, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, satellite radio, and two USB ports. There are no available packages with this trim.

Select

From $37,035, the MKC Select builds on the Premiere by adding configurable daytime running lamps, power-folding side mirrors, ambient lighting, and semi-micro perforated leather seats. You’ll also find a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, retractable cargo cover, and genuine wood trim on the instrument panel and doors. At this trim level, shoppers may opt for the upgraded engine with all-wheel drive, adding $3,550 to your cost. Options include the Class II Trailer Tow Package ($645); adaptive suspension ($650); the Climate Package ($605) which adds a heated steering wheel, heated outboard rear seats, and automatic high beams; a 14-speaker THX II audio system ($995); and the Select Plus Package ($1,100) with navigation, traffic alerts, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Reserve

Pricing for the MKC Reserve starts at $40,910. The Reserve trim adds a hands-free liftgate, heated and cooled front seats, navigation, a 110-volt outlet, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Optional packages include: the Class II Trailer Tow Package ($555), Climate Package ($605), and the Technology Package ($2,295) which brings lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, active park assist with park out assist, and adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support.

Black Label

With a starting price of $46,900, the Black Label edition provides customers with a choice of three themes, representing interior color choices. Black Label also represents a Lincoln membership program with concierge services, including a maintenance plan, maintenance pickup and delivery, free car washes, annual detailing, and travel and culinary services. Black Label services are only available through participating dealers. Other interior changes include a simulated suede headliner, leather upholstery, and unique trim. Customers have a choice of seven exterior color choices, including three exclusive choices ($1,750 each).

CarsDirect Tip

If you’re looking for options, start your search at the MKC Select trim. We recommend adding navigation through the Select Plus Package and all-wheel drive for customers who regularly encounter winter driving conditions.

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