We spend a great deal of our drive time observing other vehicles on the road and one that has caught our eye the last year has been the Lincoln MKC. Unfortunately, we hadn?t had a chance to drive one until recently but it was worth the wait — we were impressed. The 2015 Lincoln MKC is much more than a pretty face.
The Lincoln MKC shares the same platform and mechanicals as the Ford Escape, but the MKC designers have set it far apart from its Ford counterpart with an impressive level of elegance and poise.
Introduced in 2013 as Lincoln?s second new vehicle in the brand?s plan to introduce four new luxury vehicles by 2016, the MKC follows recent Lincoln DNA mapping starting with a signature split-wing grille, tightly sculptured body and wraparound liftgate with full-width tail lights.
Soft leather with French stitching and real wood trim contribute to the MKCs opulence. Seating is for five, but the rear seat is cozy and the optional panoramic glass Vista Roof? and sloping roofline make the space best suited for shorter passengers. Lincoln shoppers wanting more passenger space may want to consider the larger MKX or Navigator instead. We think of the MKC as more a personal luxury vehicle best suited for a couple with occasional rear seat passengers.
A ?must have? option for us is the Select Plus Package ($1,100) which adds the navigation system with voice activation and the BLIS? Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert which is invaluable when backing out of a crowded parking lot space.
Both engines are attached to a six-speed SelectShift? automatic transmission and they have steering wheel mounted shift paddles for those of us who want more control. The suspension is MacPherson struts in the front and multi-link in the rear. The steering is electric power assist and the brakes are four-wheel disc.
The 2015 Lincoln MKC is available in three trim levels (Premier, Select and Reserve) and with a choice of three powertrains (2.0 EcoBoost with FWD, 2.0 EcoBoost AWD and 2.3 EcoBoost with AWD). The Premier trim is not available with the 2.3 EcoBoost.
Pricing ranges from $33,995, including the destination charge for the Premier 2.0 EcoBoost FWD up to $44,565 for the Reserve 2.3 EcoBoost. A Reserve 2.3 with all the available options is priced at nearly $50,000.
We were very impressed by the Lincoln MKC. It has great styling, very good performance and it appears to be very well built. It should be well positioned to compete favorably in a very tough category of luxury crossovers. It definitely deserves a ?must drive? for any shopper considering a personal size luxury crossover.