Recently purchased a 2016. Looked at some of the vehicles you considered as well (jeep,bmw). Wife liked the MKC best.
Overall thoughts so far (only about a week or so in)
Rear seat is pretty tight.
Sync 3 works really well.
Sirius data is pretty slick - shows gas stations with prices/movies/traffic - yes, your phone has this as well, but it's nice to have it integrated.
Phone integration is great - will read texts, can voice respond, control Pandora.
Like the selectable ride options (sport/normal/comfort) and rides and drives really well.
Seats are very comfortable.
We have the 2.0L and it's surprisingly up to the challenge of moving a fairly heavy vehicle.
Many ways to control various settings. Center console buttons, touch screen, voice, steering wheel buttons, makes changes very convenient.
No real negatives or complaints so far. I've been impressed.