If you’re shopping for a compact luxury crossover SUV and don’t have the Lincoln MKC on your list, you may be making a mistake.
It may be just the vehicle you’re looking for, especially if you want something other than the usual run of choices. Of course, it may not be either, but it’s still worth a look.
Lincoln ventured into the fast-growing small utility field for the first time with the 2015 MKC. (At least in the company’s sometimes confusing letter designations, the “C” makes it easy to remember that this is a crossover!)
It features a 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged engine as standard with a 2.3-liter providing some extra oomph as an $1,140 option. The smaller engine is rated at 240 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 3000, the larger at 285 and 305, respectively.
In either case, that’s enough to provide comfortable cruising. The smaller engine is available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the larger with AWD only. The good thing is they both run on regular 87-octane fuel at a rate of 20 miles-per-gallon city, 29 highway with FWD and 19/26 AWD with the smaller engine and 18/26 with the 2.3-liter.
Not a whole lot of difference there when it comes to mileage, and the regular fuel is a bonus.
The MKC is not the quickest in its class, but it’s no slug either. It’s also a very quiet vehicle whether maneuvering around traffic in town or on the highway. The AWD model that served as our test vehicle seemed especially nimble and lively for what is essentially a family hauler. If you prefer, you also can shift gears on the six-speed automatic transmission via steering wheel-mounted shifters. There also is a “sport” mode for more livelier throttle response. (You select gears by pushing buttons that run down the left side of the screen at the top of the centerstack, which is different but a Lincoln feature.)
For ride comfort, you also can adjust the suspension for one of three settings — Normal, Comfort, or Sport.
The MKC also comes packed with the usual assortment of technological bells and whistles expected of vehicles bearing the “luxury” tag with the MyLincoln Touch (nee, MyFord Touch) systems providing a rather logical operating system.
The 8-inch display screen is dividing into four sections — audio, climate control, phone, and navigation (the latter included in the Reserve package of extras) — that make for easy operation. If there is an complaint, it is that fingerprints can obscure some of the touch points when there is glare from the sun.
Such niceties as a panoramic sunroof, hands-free power liftgate that operates via a foot sensor, blind-spot warning system, and heated and cooled front seats also are part of the Reserve package at a cost of $6,935.
There is also a Technology package that offers such programs as park assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and other features for $2,285. Adaptive cruise control alone makes the cost well worth it.
Add in a few other options and suddenly a vehicle with a base MSRP of under $35,000 jumps up to nearly $50,000, but that’s the way economic life is these days.
For a look at the MKC and some more details, check out the accompanying slide show.