For the latest model year, the MKC receive a power liftgate, an available start/stop system, and Ford's SYNC3 tech.
Outside, the MKC wears Lincoln's signature "waterfall" dual grille, sculpted flanks and a tasteful garnishment of chrome and LED brightwork. The interior is similarly stylish, bringing together aluminum (or genuine wood) trim, soft-touch materials and simple, organic shapes.
Technology and luxury abounds in the MKC, with a rearview camera, heated front seats, remote start and MyLincoln Touch infotainment fitted as standard. The latter lets users control everything from navigation to climate control to the sound system with voice commands. As with previous Lincolns, an eight-inch touchscreen is the centerpiece of the system, but it now features user-friendly knobs and buttons instead of fiddly capacitive touch controls as an alternate means of accessing main functions.
The MKC is powered by the buyer's choice of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The entry-level 2.0-liter unit produces 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, while the upgrade 2.3-liter is good for 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of twist.
Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which is a cog or two behind the gearboxes of most competitors. Winter-taming all-wheel-drive is standard on the 2.3-liter and an optional upgrade over front-wheel-drive on the later.
Also standard on the 2.3-liter and optional with the 2.0-liter is a Continuously Controlled Damping system. This adaptive suspension setup adjusts based on driving conditions to decrease body roll and understeer as well as improve ride comfort.
Fuel economy for the MKC is rated at 20/29 city/highway mpg for the FWD 2.0-liter; 19/26 mpg for the AWD 2.0-liter; and 18/26 mpg for the AWD 2.3-liter.
Trim Level Breakdown
The MKC is offered in Premiere, Select and Reserve trim levels.
The Premiere is equipped with leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, a power tailgate, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a nine-speaker AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM stereo with AUX and USB inputs, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, SYNC with MyFord Touch infotainment and eight-inch touchscreen display, remote start, cruise control, auto on/off headlights, HID headlights with LED running lights, LED taillights and 18-inch alloy wheels.
To those features, the Select adds leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, ambient interior lighting, a universal garage door opener, power-folding exterior mirrors, a cargo cover and 18-inch premium painted wheels.
The Reserve brings a navigation system, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert, a power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, an embedded modem and 18-inch polished two-tone wheels.
The optional Technology Package includes adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, active park assist, a forward sensing system and a lane keeping system.
The Climate Package nets heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, auto high beams and rain sensing wipers.
Stand-alone options include adaptive dampers (standard on AWD models) and a 14-speaker, 70-watt THX premium audio system.
All MKC models come standard with dual front, front side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to a driver's knee airbag and traction and stability control systems.
Optional safety systems include collision warning with brake support, which alerts the driver of impending forward crashes and, if needed, can automatically apply the brakes; a lane keeping system, which provides a warning if the MKC begins to wander into an adjacent lane; and a blind-spot information system with cross-traffic support, the latter of which is designed to detect potential collisions during backup maneuvers.
The MKC faces off against the BMW X3, the Audi Q5, the Mercedes-Benz GLC, and the Acura RDX.