2016 Lincoln MKC Expert Review

4.2 Overall Score
Performance 4.3 Comfort 4.6 Styling 4.4 Value 4.2

Editor's Overview

Lincoln’s MKC for 2016 jumps right into the hot small-luxury-crossover SUV segment, proving that Ford’s luxury division knows how to lead as well as follow. With a distinctly youthful feel, sophisticated technology and fuel-efficient engine lineup, the MKC has the looks and moves to attract younger buyers, which is exactly what Lincoln needs right now.

You'll Like The 2016 Lincoln MKC If...

The Lincoln MKC offers features, styling and performance to play with the best in this class, while allowing you to feel good about “buying American” once again. Although a well-optioned MKC can get pricey, entry and mid-level trims remain very competitive.

You May Not Like The 2016 Lincoln MKC If...

If you need a roomy rear seat and cargo area, a larger SUV such as a Lincoln MKX, Audi Q5 or Lexus RX makes a better choice. Price-wise, a loaded MKC starts to tread where superior SUVs like the Porsche Macan and Mercedes GLA45 AMG roam.

What's New

Changes to the 2016 Lincoln MKC compact-luxury-crossover SUV are limited to some new colors, the addition of Sync 3 and a 3,000-pound tow rating with the 2.3-liter engine when equipped with the trailer tow package.

Interior Features

As the first vehicle from the new Lincoln Design Studio, the 2016 MKC’s well-finished cabin has a definite “class-above” character. Its dash-mounted push-button transmission controls yield additional storage space while the new MyLincoln Touch system features user-friendly knobs and buttons instead of annoying slider controls. Up front, the MKC’s power bucket seats offer laudable comfort and support. However, its fixed-position 60/40-folding rear bench is less accommodating, particularly with respect to legroom for adults. Maximum cargo space – expanding from 25.3 cubic feet to 53.1 with the seatbacks folded – falls well below its larger Acura, Audi and BMW rivals.

Exterior Features

Aimed at younger and younger-thinking buyers, the MKC epitomizes the “New Lincoln” look from its elegant split wing grille framed by high-efficiency HID headlights to a full-width LED taillight and sophisticated wraparound rear hatch. The 2016 Lincoln MKC’s sleek profile is further enhanced by a flowing roofline, bold shoulder creases and smartly sculpted body panels. Standard across the lineup is a class-leading Approach Detection System that automatically illuminates the vehicle when its owner comes within eight feet and even includes color-keyed mini-lamps in each door pull. The Range-topping Reserve variant also features a huge 12-square-foot glass Vista Roof.

Driving Impressions

No matter the EcoBoost engine or drivetrain layout, Lincoln’s 2016 MKC small-luxury SUV feels solid, confident and safe. The MKC’s Ford Escape roots serve it well. With a wider track and lower center of gravity, the MKC corners with all the fun of a compact sports sedan. Lincoln further improves upon the MKC’s handling with standard Front-wheel Torque Vectoring control for assured grip on any road surface. The driving experience improves even more when the MKC is equipped with the available Continuously Controlled Damping system. We found the Comfort setting too much like the old Town Car, the Sport mode a bit too harsh and Normal just about right for most daily driving conditions. Unfortunately, the MKC’s additional luxury features mean additional weight, a factor in its lackluster acceleration times. Opting for the 2.3-liter engine, however, helps keep the MKC somewhat competitive with most rivals.

Pricing Notes

Intent on maximizing its appeal as a conquest vehicle, Lincoln has rolled out the all-new MKC SUV with fairly aggressive pricing. A front-drive 2.0-liter MKC Premiere opens with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just over $34,000 – about $1,000 less than the Acura RDX. An MKC Select pops that figure by nearly $4,000 with the MKC Black Label starting close to $47,500. Adding AWD bumps the bottom line on any 2.0-liter model by about $2,500. Pricing on the MKC Select AWD with 2.3-liter engine starts around $40,500 and can top $57,000 on the fully equipped Black Label. Maxed-out SUV rivals from Audi, BMW and M-B can all top that figure by $5,000 or more, but they can also offers V6, turbodiesel and/or hybrid powertrain choices and enhanced towing capabilities. Those tangible real-world trade-offs may well impact your take on the 2016 Lincoln MKC’s perceived value and ding its resale value as well.

Notable Equipment

Every Lincoln MKC for 2016 comes dressed to impress. The entry-level Premiere model packs a bounty of power assists, active noise control and dual-zone climate control with Sync 3/MyLincoln Touch, and a 9-speaker audio system with SiriusXM radio. MKC Select spec replaces leather and aluminum cabin appointments with Bridge of Weir leather and premium wood, while adding ambient lighting, a 10-way-power passenger seat and auto-folding side-view mirrors. The MKC Reserve brings heated/cooled front seats, a glass panoramic Vista Roof, navigation, the MyLincoln Mobile app for always-on remote vehicle access, a hands-free power liftgate, blind-spot monitoring and a power-adjustability tilt/telescoping steering column.

Notable Options

Buyers can personalize the 2016 MKC small-luxury-crossover SUV with a selection of freestanding extras as well as with focused equipment packages. Highlights include Continuously Controlled Damping, all-wheel drive, a 14-speaker THX II Certified Audio system, 19- and 20-inch wheel/tire fitments, and various paint finishes. All MKC trims can be further upgraded with a Climate Package (heated steering wheel/rear seats, rain-sensing wipers, automatic high-beam headlights), and a Class II Trailer Tow Package. The Select Plus Package bundles navigation with blind-spot monitoring, and the Reserve-only Technology Package brings adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and Forward Sensing and Active Park Assist systems.

Favorite Features


Available as a stand-alone option across the MKC range and standard on AWD trims, the CCD teams with the Lincoln Drive Control permitting various shock settings from Comfort to Normal to Sport.


Luxury cars are supposed to be quiet, so Lincoln insures the MKC’s cabin remains hushed by way of the vehicle’s audio system. Active noise control cancels out obtrusive sound waves making Bluetooth conversations a bit easier and long road trips a little more enjoyable.

Under the Hood

The 2016 Lincoln MKC compact-luxury SUV offers a choice of two turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engines. The base 2.0-liter is same one used in the Ford Escape and produces an identical 240 horsepower/270 lb-ft of torque. Rated at 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, the MKC’s optional engine is the same 2.3-liter used in the 2016 Ford Mustang. Both engines are backed by a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission that offers manual-style control via paddles mounted on the steering wheel. Although the engines boast very respectable fuel-economy figures, the MKC’s maximum tow rating – when fitted with the optional Trailer Tow Package– is 3,000 pounds, well under the Audi Q5’s class-leading 4,400-pound figure.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4

240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm

270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 mpg (FWD), 19/26 mpg (AWD)

2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4

285 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm

305 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 mpg (AWD)

Editors' Notes

The Lincoln MKC small-luxury SUV for 2016 is the latest salvo in Lincoln’s war on mediocrity. Though it shares its underpinnings with the Ford Escape, the MKC looks and feels more substantial, and its interior amenities leave little to be desired. Two fuel-efficient turbocharged engines further the MKC’s forward-thinking attitude and help it go head-to-head with other newcomers including the Land Rover Evoque, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, as well as the already established Acura RDX and Audi Q5. Offered in a variety of trims with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive (FWD, AWD), the 2016 MKC may not be the most technologically advanced vehicle in the Lincoln fleet, but it certainly is the most youthful.

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Great crossover, with sensible luxury features that is worth every penny!

My 2016 Lincoln mkc is a comfortable, luxury vehicle that is worth every penny. It has great, yet sensible features, such as leather seats, a back row power plug and a panoramic roof. The front and rear heated seats really come in handy, during the winter months. I also love the blind spot detection feature, which flashes a warning light letting me know another vehicle is on the side. The rear view backup camera is especially useful when backing out of my driveway. The hatch/trunk space is a good size for my husband and I, when shopping or transporting items. If necessary, we have the ability to fold the seats down, providing more space. I have no complaints about my Lincoln mkc!

- Patricia D

MCPc best car I ever owned.

The much has a very smooth ride. It handles easily. The car performs well in rain and snow. I find the car to be very comfortable. It is easy to use Bluetooth I love the heated and cooled seats. In the summer when 5he leather is hot I find the cooling seats to b3 a great option. The car is reliable and does not require frequent oil changes. Lincoln provides complimentary oil changes. What I would change are the tires. I get frequent flats which I never had with my other Lincoln’s. Overall I love the car and plan to lease another.

- Sherry D

Random thoughts on my MKC.

Very comfortable and quiet. I love the heated and cooled seats. The heated steering wheels also nice. The maps function is terrible. The tires did not hold up at all. I get about 23 miles to the gallon but with the small gas tank I have to fill up often. The bluetooth drops out sometimes which is frustrating. The lumbar support in the back is nice. It needs more air conditioning in the backseat.

- Cassie W

Fun riding car. Has fun features with a nice sunroof.

Mkc is a great car. A little small to travel. Trunk space is adequate but if traveling with 4 people can be tough. It has fun features. Tight in back with 3 passengers. If 3 children were sitting it would work better. Three adults in back is tight. Do not like cigarette lighter where you put the phone Charger. It is tight to put fingers to connect. Same with USB port next to cigarette lighter.

- Maude B

Lincoln mkc drives like a dream come true.

Very comfortable interior and love the user interface on sync as well as the other functions. The size is perfect for me as it is not too large but I can still haul some larger items as needed. Features such as leather, heated or cooled front seats, panoramic sunroof etc. add to the luxury and the heated rear seats are a big plus.

- Ginny D

My car is the small Lincoln. SUV I believe it is the much model.

I really have not had any major issue. When I start he car sometimes the computer goes out and the screen is blank but when I start the car it comes back on. The. Breaks also needed. To be replaced at a low mileage. I do love the car bought and I plan to try to get another when my lease is up.

- Kimberly F

The lowdown on the Lincoln mkc.

The performance of the performance is generally good. The exception is the navigation system which failed and was replaced. Other than that, the car has been reliable and fun to drive. It has a very responsive engine and good braking. Handles the road well at highway speed.

- Jim B

This car has a lot of bells and whistles!

I like that my MKC is comfortable and reliable. It gets decent gas mileage. My complaint is that it has random electrical issues, such as simple things like different chimes sounding at the wrong time all the way up to putting my car in drive but having it go in reverse!

- Michelle R

My favorite car I've ever owned

I've only had it a few months, but it is easily my favorite vehicle I've ever had. It is the perfect size, has A LOT of comfort and safety features, and a very smooth ride. It picks up speed quickly, and the gas mileage is pretty fair. I couldn't be happier with my choice

- Brittany C

Why I love the Lincoln mkc.

The Lincoln mkc is a great, small SUV. It is very reliable. It is loaded with a lot of standard upgrades. The 4 cylinder engine with turbo is great on gas and still has lots of power. The stereo system is great quality, it is very clear. It is also a comfortable ride.

- Nicole L

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