2015 LINCOLN MKC
- 2015 Lincoln MKC
- 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine
- 6-speed automatic transmission
- All-wheel drive
- Seating Capacity: 5
- Road Test Terrain: 40% city, 60% highway
The 2015 Lincoln MKC is Lincoln’s first premium small crossover. At first glance, it looks similar to the Lincoln MKX, just a bit smaller. With a trend in drivers preferring crossovers (and smaller ones, at that), it makes sense for Lincoln to introduce the MKC. Though the base MKC is modelled after the Ford Escape (2.0L EcoBoost engine), the drive and finishing trim of the MKC is distinctly different. The Lincoln MKC also comes with an optional 2.3L EcoBoost engine (as we tested) which gives you a little more oomph. Here’s what we noticed about the 2015 Lincoln MKC:
The wide front grill is classic ‘split-wing’ Lincoln styling while the rear is similar to the larger MKX. It also features auto-fold mirrors so they don’t get in the way in tight parking spots.
The panoramic sunroof was a welcome addition to brighten up the MKC, our interior colours were dark!
We have a lot to say about the interior space and design. Overall, we appreciated the simplistic design of the front dash. We have to admit that our pictures didn’t do it justice, so we’ve used the picture from the Lincoln Canada website.
The electronic gearshift took some getting used to. Earlier on, Lincoln’s parent company Ford had released a safety recall because the start/stop button was located in a place where some drivers were accidentally turning the car off when trying to change gear. They have since changed the design, but this style of gearshift takes some getting used to. Typically, we’re able to shift without looking at the gearshift because we’ve memorized the positions (for example, most people can easily put the vehicle in reverse from drive because they know they should move the lever up two notches (drive to neutral to reverse). When using a push button to select the gear, you have to look every time to make sure you’re hitting the right button – it’s something to be mindful of. This isn’t an issue when you’re driving the vehicle, however when you’re trying to reverse park (for example) you’ll need to take your eyes off the road to change gears.
Another design that we couldn’t get used to was the style of the centre console. From the side profile, it looked space-agey.
The centre console itself was nice to use and tilted upwards to make it easier to reach. Unlike the Lincoln MKZ sedan, where additional storage is provided as it takes advantage of the space available now that the gearshift isn’t in the way, the Lincoln MKC doesn’t have additional storage. Just a protruding lip at the bottom of the centre console.
We did like the nice touch with the ambient lighting. At night, there was soft lighting to delicately illuminate the door handles and cupholders.
We went on a couple of short road trips with the 2015 Lincoln MKC and the trunk space was ample enough (even for a small crossover) to fit all of our gear.
Child Car Seat
If you are installing a rear-facing child car seat, you may lose some space for the front passenger seat depending on how big your child car seat is.
The Lincoln MKC’s seats are relatively flat, and the UAS anchor points are located slightly higher than the seat bottom. The anchor points are also easily accessible, which will make the car seat installation easier.
For older children in forward-facing seats, the headrests are removable so the car seat will likely sit flush with the vehicle’s seatback once installed. One feature we really appreciated was that the seatbelts in the rear bench are guided right at the top of the seat (see image below). This way, the seatbelt fits snug on the passenger and lies flat between the passenger’s shoulder and neck.
Under the hood, the components that we’re interested are ones that the car owner may need to check or replace. Components in the Lincoln MKC’s engine bay were laid out well, and most reservoirs were easily accessible to take a quick reading.
Looking at the owner’s manual, it’s quite comprehensive. Most basic do-it-yourself items are explained well and have corresponding pictures to show how to replace items (for example light bulbs). The manual does get into a bit more detail, including how to aim your headlights!
Our drive with the 2015 Lincoln MKC was enjoyable – it’s definitely a great touring crossover. It has Adaptive Cruise Control, allowing you to set the distance that you want to keep when you’re using cruise control. When a vehicle comes in front of you and slows down, the MKC will adapt its speed to maintain the desired distance. We love this feature!
The 2015 Lincoln MKC starts at $36,483 CAD. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with Matthew McConaughey as your chauffeur.