2018 Lincoln MKC

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2018 MODEL

$33,355 - $48,380

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Overview

Keep gazing at the 2018 Lincoln MKC and it might dupe you with its bland styling but this compact crossover impresses with its luxurious interior. It is the brand's smallest and least expensive SUV but there is a lot that it offers. The MKC shares its basic architecture with the Ford Escape but still manages to look different.

Lincoln has done well to cover the basics well in the 2018 MKC. It offers a quiet cabin, smooth ride and an extensive list of standard and optional features. There are four trims to choose from while in the two-engine option you get a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and a turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder. Both the engines are mated to six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive while all-wheel drive comes as optional.

Dig down, and you will find a lot of flaws in the MKC when compared to rivals. There is not enough space in the back seat and in the cargo area, and some of the interior material is made up of hard plastics. This 2018 Lincoln MKC is a bit of mixed bag and is definitely likable but there are better players in the market. Prices start just over $33,000.

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Pros

Quiet, comfortable ride

More standard feature than competitors

User-friendly infotainment system with Sync3

Low base price

Cons

Cramped rear seat

Low cargo capacity

Some standard safety feature available in top trim only

What's New?

4G Wi-Fi hotspot is now standard on all trims

Premier model gets 4-way power lumbar support in the driver seat

Select and higher trim gets power lumbar support on both the front seats


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33355

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

143 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

245 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

275 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4 in. ventilated front disc/13.4 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

105.9 in.

length

179.2 in.

width

73.4 in.

height

65.2 in.

curb weight

3823 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

25.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

14000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/28 mpg

highway range

439.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Lincoln MKC in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2018 Lincoln MKC in Magnetic Gray Metallic color  2018 Lincoln MKC in Ingot Silver Metallic color  2018 Lincoln MKC in Chroma Cabernet Red Premium Metallic color  2018 Lincoln MKC in Black Velvet color
Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine

6.4

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

6.1

Exterior

6.4

Driving

7.1

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Lincoln MKC Premiere

Premiere

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$33,355 - $35,765

Configurations
Premiere 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (21/23/28)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm
Premiere 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (19/21/25)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm

 2018 Lincoln MKC Select

Select

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$36,110 - $38,520

Configurations
Select 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (21/23/28)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm
Select 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (19/21/25)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm

 2018 Lincoln MKC Reserve

Reserve

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$39,985 - $42,395

Configurations
Reserve 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (21/23/28)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm
Reserve 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (19/21/25)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm

 2018 Lincoln MKC Black Label

Black Label

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$45,975 - $48,380

Configurations
Black Label 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (21/23/28)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm
Black Label 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (19/21/25)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial October 22, 2018

6.7

Overall Rating


7.0/10
Features

 

6.4/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.1/10
Interior

 

6.4/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Lincoln has done well to cover the basics well in the 2018 MKC. It offers a quiet cabin, smooth ride and an extensive list of standard and optional features. There are four trims to choose from while in the two-engine option you get a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and a turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder. Both the engines are mated to six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive while all-wheel drive comes as optional.This 2018 Lincoln MKC is a bit of mixed bag and is definitely likable but there are better players in the market. Prices start just over $33,000.

Features

7.0/10

The 2018 Lincoln is a five-passenger compact luxury SUV available in four trims: Premier, Select, Reserve and Black Label. The Premier trim offers a wide array of the standard feature with no extras, while the Select trim adds some convenience features. The Reserve and the Black Label adds to the luxury and post-sale support.

A 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a 6-speed automatic and front wheel drive comes standard on all the trims. AWD (All-wheel drive) is optional while a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine is optional for the Reserve and the Black Label trim.

Trims Premier Select Reserve Black Label
MSRP(2WD) $33,355 $36,110 $39,985 $45,975
MSRP(AWD) $35,765 $38,520 $42,395 $48,380
Features

 

  • 2.0L Twin-Turbocharged I-4 Engine
  • 18-inch Painted Aluminum Wheels
  • Lincoln Premium Sound System
  • SYNC 3

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  • 18-inch Painted Aluminum Wheels
  • Configurable Daytime Running Lamps
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Semi-micro Perforated Leather Seating Surfaces

 

  • Panoramic Vista Roof
  • 18-inch Bright Machined Wheels with Dark Stainless Painted Pockets
  • Voice-Activated Navigation System
  • Heated & Ventilated Front Seats

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  • Venetian Leather Seating Surfaces
  • 19-inch Premium Ebony Painted Aluminum Wheels
  • Alcantara Headliner/Pillars
  • Heated & Ventilated Front Seats

Confused? We will help you find the best trim

Of all the variations available we would suggest you go with the Reserve trim as it a better value for money. It has a starting price under $40,000 and adds safety features over the Select trim. You get a hands-free power liftgate, navigation, and blind spot monitoring.

The Climate package is also available for this trim which adds- rain-sensing windshield wiper, windshield de-icer, heated rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel, and auto high-beam headlamps. Extra $2,300 will get you the Technology package with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, front parking sensor, lane keep assist and parallel park assist.

Engine

6.4/10

“The MKC leans significantly when you push it through a corner, lacking the poise and composure of most competitors, even with the suspension in its sportiest mode. In the city, the MKC’s modest dimensions are a boon in tight spots” -Edmunds

The 2018 Lincoln MKC gives you the option to choose between the two turbocharged four-cylinder engine and both deliver similar performance. The base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is a good option to go for as it delivers optimum performance in any driving situation. Extra power on the large engine is not all that noticeable while you are driving.

The MKC’s ride quality is good but the SUV leans significantly while cornering. Rivals like the Acura RDX and BMX X3 feels nimble at corners and offers a more engaging drive. Fuel economy meanwhile is average for the class.

Engine and Transmission

You get two engine options to choose from in the 2018 Lincoln MKC. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 240-horsepower and 270-pound-feet of torque comes as standard. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and has ample power and acceleration to satisfy most drivers.

Models Lincoln MKC Premier Acura RDX Standard BMW X3 xDrive30i Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum
MSRP $33,355 $36,000 $42,650 $41,500
Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine 3.5-liter port injection

 

V-6  engine

2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Power 245 hp 279 hp 248 hp 250 hp
Torque 275 lb-ft 252 lb-ft 258 lb-ft 285 lb-ft

A turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 285-horsepower and 305-pound-feet of torque is also available and is optional on the Reserve and the Black Label trim. You do not get enough zest at higher speeds while the handling is also below par.

Acceleration

A smooth shifting 6-speed automatic transmission helps the 2018 Lincoln MKC with the base engine to go from 0-60 in 7-seconds, which is average for the class. It takes 15.9-seconds to cover a quarter mile which is also the slowest as compared to the rivals. Meanwhile, the optional 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine which is only available with the AWD (All-wheel drive) moves up to 60 mph in less than 7-seconds but fails to impress.

Models Lincoln MKC Premier Acura RDX Standard BMW X3 xDrive30i Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum
0-60 MPH 7.0 sec 6.2 sec 6.0 sec 7.3 sec
Quarter mile 15.9 sec @ 87.4 mph 14.8 sec @ 93.8 mph 14.1 sec @ 98.8 mph 15.5 sec @ 86.1 mph
Engine 2.0L 3.5L 2.0L 2.0L
Emission(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 7.7 7.7 7.0 7.4

The MKC's low power hampers the acceleration. Rival cars like the Acura and the BMW won the 0 to 60 test by a second. The difference expands on the quarter-mile run. 

Braking and Handling

All the 2018 Lincoln MKC comes standard with the front-wheel drive while the all-wheel drive along with an adaptive suspension and three driving modes (Normal, Sport, and Comfort) are available. The adaptive suspension feels a bit jerky in the Sport mode while the Normal mode makes things a little better. Comfort mode offers best ride quality and the SUV soaks up most of the bumps in the road. However, the MKC fails to impress in terms of agility as there is a lot of body roll when going around turns.

Despite its heft, the Steering remains stable and feel responsive. MKC’s braking ability also presents a strong showing as it stops form 60-0 in 123 feet. However, the pedal feels a bit touchy and overly soft initially.

Model Lincoln MKC Premier Acura RDX Standard BMW X3 xDrive30i Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum
Brake Front(in) 13.2 12.3 13.0 13.6
Brake Rear(in) 12.4 12.0 13.0 12.6
Curb Weight(lbs) 3823 3737 4150 4058
60-0 MPH (ft.) 123 122 127 130

The Acura RDX was the earliest to halt from 60mph, it took 123 feet to come on a stationary. The MKC was next just a foot behind the Acura. the BMW and Volvo XC60 took their time though. 

Towing Capacity

The MKC is rated to tow 3,000-pounds with either engine. These figures are not impressive considering what others in the competition are offering except the Acura RDX. So, if your towing needs exceeds 3000-pound the BMX X3 makes for a better option although it will leave a bigger dent in your bank.

Model Lincoln MKC Premier Acura RDX Standard BMW X3 xDrive30i Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum
Drive Train 2WD 2WD AWD AWD
Power Train 2.0L 3.5L 2.0L 2.0L
Capacity(lbs) 3000 1500 4409 3500

Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The 2018 Lincoln MKC with the base engine and front wheel drive gets an EPA rating of 21mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. Ratings drop when you opt for the all-wheel drive as it is rated at 19/25/21 mpg. Things get from poor to worse with the larger 2.3-liter turbocharged engine which is only offered with all-wheel drive. It gets an EPA rating of 18/25/ 20 mpg.

Model Lincoln MKC Premier Acura RDX Standard BMW X3 xDrive30i Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum
MPG (city) 21 20 22 22
MPG (highway) 28 28 29 28
MPG (combined) 23 23 25 24

Accounting other cars in the lot, the Lincoln MKC can hold its own when it comes to efficiency. The MKC's 23 mpg of combines mileage mirrors that of the Acura RDX. The BMW and Volvo deliver a tad more at 24 and 25 mpg respectively. 

Interior

6.1/10

"Lincoln went with a vertical stack of buttons for the transmission, which frees up space between the seats. A natural-feeling step-in height eases access for front occupants, but backseat space is tight"- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort 

The biggest disadvantage with the 2018 Lincoln MKC is that it does not have a roomy cabin. Fronts seats are comfortable with good amount of headroom but the legroom in both the rows is tight as compared to rivals. The door cutouts provide for a good elbow room in both the rows. Driver visibility looking forward is great but it’s limited while looking backward due to thick roof pillars. Most of the physical controls are within reach so you will not need to take your eyes off the steering.

Model Lincoln MKC Premier Acura RDX Standard BMW X3 xDrive30i Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 97.9 103.5 101.4 102.8
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

 

39.6/56/42.8 38.7/58.7/42.0 41.1/57.6/40.3 38/58.2/41.5
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

 

38.7/55.3/36.8 38.1/57.2/38.3 39.1/56/36.4 38/56.3/38

Interior Features 

Some of the seating features include:

  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Reclining and power adjustable rear seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery (Optional)
  • Ventilated front seats (Optional)
  • Heated rear seat (Optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (Optional)

Infotainment 

The user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system is responsive and easily navigable. There are buttons and knobs on the center stack which makes things easier for those who like physical controls. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard and the voice controls are easy to learn. Infotainment features include:

  • Dual USB port
  • Bluetooth
  • A nine-speaker audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • An 8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Cargo Space

Things do not look bright for the Lincoln when it comes to cargo capacity. It has 25.2 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seats up and 53.1 cubic feet with them folded. These numbers are not impressive at all considering what the rivals are offering, however, there is no dearth of cubbies inside the MKC. A power liftgate comes standard while a hands-free liftgate is available.

Model Lincoln MKC Premier Acura RDX Standard BMW X3 xDrive30i Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum
Volume behind 2nd row (cube ft.) 25.2 26.1 28.7 22.4
2nd row folded (cube ft.) 53.1 61.3 62.2 63.3

As said earlier, cargo capacity is not the MKC's best suit. You get as much as 10 cubic feet extra of full cargo bay with the competitors when the 2nd-row seats are down. 

Exterior

6.4/10

"The 2018 Lincoln MKC’s sleek profile is enhanced by a flowing roofline, bold shoulder creases and smartly sculpted body panels. Up front is Lincoln’s split-wing grille framed by high-efficiency HID headlights"- Edmunds

Dimension and Weight

The 2018 Lincoln MKC boasts a flowing roofline, bold shoulders and sculpted body. Front fascia gets a split-wing grille and HID headlights while a full-width LED taillight graces the rear hatch. The MKC, however, shows a few similarities to the Ford Escape and compared to others it looks a bit dowdy. A class-leading approach detection system is standard across all the MKC’s lineup which automatically illuminates the Lincoln when the owner comes within the eight-feet radius of the car.

Model Lincoln MKC Premier Acura RDX Standard BMW X3 xDrive30i Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum
Curb weight(lbs) 3823 3737 4150 4058
Length(in) 179.2 184.4 185.9 184.6
Width(in) 73.4 73.7 74.4 74.9
Height(in) 65.2 65.0 66.0 65.3
Ground clearance(in) 6.8 8.1 8.0 8.5
Wheelbase(in) 105.9 105.7 112.8 112.8
Track width(in) F/R 62.4/62.5 63.1/63.4 63.8/64.4 65.1/65.2

The 2018 Lincoln MKC is neither the longest nor the widest in the segment so it will be easy to maneuver in city traffic and its compact size also makes it easy for the driver to park the SUV. The BMW X3 leads the segment with 185.9-inches in length and 66-inches in height. The Volvo meanwhile offers exceptional ground clearance with 8.5-inch.

Wheels

Wheel sizes range from 18-inch to 20-inch. The Premier, Select and Reserve model gets 18-inch painted aluminum wheels as standard while you also get to choose between a 19-inch and a 20-inch wheel in the Reserve trim. A 19-inch premium Ebony painted aluminum wheel is standard on the Black Label trim.

Model Lincoln MKC Premier Acura RDX Standard BMW X3 xDrive30i Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum
Size F/R (in.) 18*8/18*8 18*7.5/18*7.5 18*7/18*7 18*7.5/18*7.5
Quality Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Wheel type Alloy Alloy Alloy Alloy

Safety

The NHSTA has gives the 2018 Lincoln MKC a four-star overall crash rating which is worrying. It also gets a four-star rating in frontal and rollover crash safety. The IIHS meanwhile has not conducted a full test on the MKC, however, it has rated the SUV “Good” in moderate overlap and side impact.

When it comes to reliability, Lincoln has covered the MKC with a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 6-year/ 70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

NHSTA Rating

Overall Rating 4 star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 4 star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 5 star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 4 star
Overall Side Crash Rating 5 star
Overall Side Barrier Rating 5 star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 5 star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat 5 star
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat 5 star
Combined Side Rating Front Seat 5 star
Rollover Rating 4 star

IIHS Rating

Crashworthiness
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good

 

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation
Front Crash Prevention Basic
Child Seat Anchors Marginal

Safety features

All the passengers get airbags along with dual-stage front airbag and a driver’s knee airbag in the Lincoln MKC. A rearview camera is standard on all models and blind-spot monitors are optional. The MKC, however, lacks advanced safety features which you otherwise get with the competitors.

  • Dual-Stage Front Airbags
  • Front Seat-Mounted side impact airbags
  • Safety Canopy System with Side Curtain Airbags
  • Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children)
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • Belt-Minder front safety belt reminder
  • Illuminated entry
  • Remote Keyless Entry System
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • Child-safety rear door locks
  • SecuriCode keyless entry keypad
  • Perimeter alarm

Competition

Lincoln MKC Vs Acura RDX

Acura RDX is an excellent SUV considering its strong marks in crash test along with an attractive list of optional safety features, more cargo space than the Lincoln MKC and more leg room in the second row. However, Acura suffers when it comes to performance and luxury. The SUV is priced $3,000 above the MKC and comes with a V-6 engine which does not feel nimble around corners. The Lincoln meanwhile, feels more luxurious inside and has a better towing capacity.

Lincoln KMC Vs BMW X3

The BMW X3 leads the segment with on-road performance, interior quality and above average reliability and safety score. It also comes with excellent cargo capacity and more room for passenger along with outstanding fuel economy for the class. The BMW X3 beats the Lincoln in almost every segment but it's priced $9,200 above. Drivers who crave a luxurious cabin and supple handling will be better off in the X3. However, the Lincoln is a good choice considering its price and features.

Lincoln MKC Vs Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 has been fully re-designed for the 2018 model year and the features have been improved. Some of the improvement includes a state-of-the-art infotainment system, more legroom for the rear passengers, a peppy engine choice and best in class cargo capacity. The XC60 is also $9,000 pricier than the Lincoln MKC but it proves its value worth. If you have the money and want a more luxurious ride go for the Volvo, however, the Lincoln MKC is also a good option to go with.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Lincoln MKC is a good option to go with. It is although not the class leader in many areas while others in the segment stand out for one reason or the other. The flaws are eminent in the Lincoln with poor cargo space, cramped rear seats and below average fuel economy. However, it has a smooth and comfortable ride and easy to understand infotainment system. It is one of the lowest priced luxury SUV in the segment and considering its price we cannot ask for more. Buy this Lincoln only if you are tight on the budget otherwise there are better options in the market.

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