The Lincoln MKC
small crossover is arguably the brand’s best vehicle in years. It carries fresh, crisp styling (with a nice interpretation of the split-wing grille); an attractive, upmarket interior; and thoroughly competitive pricing and equipment levels, giving Lincoln an excellent vehicle with which to do battle against the similarly sized BMW X3
, Audi Q5
, and Lexus NX.
Our favorite feature of the MKC is its lively turbo powertrain. Available with a 240hp 2.0L EcoBoost or 285hp 2.3L EcoBoost I-4, all MKCs are fun to drive, although the larger, more powerful engine is the one to get—especially given its reasonable price premium. Fuel economy for both engines is reasonable as well, although many EcoBoost owners report having a hard time achieving rated efficiency numbers.
A comfortable interior with available Bridge of Weir leather, modern open-pore wood trim, and hands-free liftgate give MKC owners a very unique, luxurious experience, and although the infotainment system needs some refinement, the cockpit is still a pleasant place to be.
Overall, the smallest Lincoln SUV is a great option for those seeking a luxurious crossover. Its competition is fierce, however, and the Lincoln reputation is still unproven as a premium player. However, its styling, features, and performance are competitive with its more established competition, so buyers would be doing themselves a disservice by dismissing the MKC.