10 things that I definitely DON'T like about the 2016 Lincoln MKC:
1. The steering! The feel and feedback through the steering wheel is bi polar psychotic! It is either near numb or pulling with a mind of it's own. The car in question does not have the "lane keeping" or "self parking" features - just the new standard "state of the art" electronically boosted system without too many additional interferences - the baseline all around steering system for this model. Around town speeds and road imperfections totally throw it's electronically boosted responses into spasms. Hit the brakes when approaching a yellow light and HANG ON! The wheel can pull hard left or right depending on any bumps, side slope, or crown of the road. It takes so much constant effort to keep this car in your lane while going down the road - it's scary. Without a doubt - I would call it dangerous! The worst steering I've ever felt. The dealer has checked all components and alignment issues several times and says, repeatedly, that it is performing normally. But compare the MKC to almost any other car out there, and you'll be amazed at just how BAD it really feels. Steering? Totally inferior for a modern car. If Lincoln was going for a sporty road feel - they got a crazy blithering electronic idiot instead. FoMoCo should fire these steering software imbeciles! Better yet - put them in an Audi - or a Mazda - and teach them what good steering feels like. Bet they'll yank the wires, sensors, and modules out themselves and stomp on them. This whole system needs to go back to development!
2. Goosey gas. Unlike the steering, this driver input that can be gotten use to, but it has a sort of hyper sensitivity that can be annoying until you do. Again - compared to almost any other car, the MCK's throttle response - way too significant in the first 1/4" of pedal travel - will often lurch you. If it's your only car - less of a problem. But be prepared to dial in your right leg muscles if you only get behind the wheel of the MKC once in a while from your other ride. Some cars are slow to respond to basic driver inputs. This car has the opposite problem - and that goes for the brakes too.
3. Touchy brakes. MCK brakes will slam you at first. They are fairly numb, and transmit almost no variance or feel in their resistance till you really get on them. You really have to feather them in slow traffic as they are very grabby. Too much power is applied with too little pressure.
4. The build quality. Exterior shut lines seem a bit wild. Although the cars shape is nice, the transitions and alignment challenges that come with it are a bit beyond the engineering prowess committed by the FoMoCo to achieve them. Study a Lexus body anything (or even a lowly Corolla), and you'll see what I mean. The "D" pillar (between the rear doors and the hatch) shows an oil canning stress imperfection consistent from vehicle to vehicle. The full width hood can shake up and down (pancake bounce) indicating substandard stiffening. The interior trim to the left of the start switch / gear selector arrangement lifted off from the top - dealer had to fix. Other interior trim is real metal - not painted plastic. Why don't things match up. LED lighting feature above the glove box is meek. Effort without the payoff. Electronic dash compass only knows 8 actual direction angles - no big thing, but unrefined. The passenger mirror often unfolds into a fit of repeated clunks at the end of its travel - like it thinks it should spin 360. Eventually it stops. Never does it for the dealer - of course.
5. Lousy seats! The drivers seat in our car had a asymmetric lump in the lower right back which caused soreness after about 30 min. of driving. I finally forced the dealer to get me a loaner, and correct the bad seat before I would take the car back following a regular service. They did manage to improve it quite a bit, but only after completely rebuilding it. The seat bottoms in general are too short and the padding to hard for long term drives. The rear seats are also too small for reasonable adults even though there seems to be room to make them slightly larger. Rear passengers will suffer from a firm lump right at the tailbone. Overall - an iffy comfort level for long trips.
6. That stupid shifter arrangement. At first the pushbuttons seem modern and retro at the same time. Then you realize they are all about the same. Same size, same color, same type marking. You have to LOOK at them to make sure you're engaging the transmission correctly. You'll curse them when, while rolling forward at ever so slight a speed, you hit P instead of R, and slam the car to a stop instead of gently engaging reverse (say while maneuvering to park the car). You'll also curse them when you take your foot off the brake just after you think you've hit P only to realize you actually hit R, and you're in reverse instead of holding still. This too can be gotten use to, but there is no possible tactile or muscle memory to count on like with a center shifter that can be operated just by grabbing and moving. You have to LOOK at the buttons. Seems convenient enough. In reality - more inconvenient than you think.
7. Poor ride quality. This car - without the more expensive adjustable suspension - is very economy car feeling. The spring is extremely quick and bouncy, and the damping from the struts and shocks is week. The resulting ride is jittery and, coupled with the inferior steering, make it a handful on moderately rough roads. A better, more refined ride quality is certainly possible, and expected in this price segment. Put the Ford suspension guys in a properly dampened and well controlled riding car to learn a thing or two about refinement.
8. Small fuel tank and lackluster gas mileage means you better like your gas station. You'll be seeing it a lot. The 15.5 gal. tank and barely 20 mpg (real around town) means barely a 300 mile range. While highway mileage can approach 30 mpg, (most instant readings are usually around 27 mpg at 60 mph), the car is quite thirsty around town. Use the turbo, and "phhhht", the gas gauge drops like it's monitoring an untied water balloon. Regular mixed driving has consistently hit 20 to 21 mpg. Very disappointing. Never have we seen the average 24 of the factory sticker. Expected much better out of a 2.0 FWD.
9. Bumbling transmission. As good as the engine is, the tranny can bumble the car forward while in bumper traffic - the smooth engine idle choked by the drive train like Homer ringing Barts neck. It can also slam between coasting and throttle (that goosey gas pedal) application at moderate speed like an old school bus with a worn u-joint. It's worst around town. Freeway speeds, as with most other systems, brings some smoothness to overall operation - as long as the freeway is freshly paved.
10. Steering wheel buttons and sunroof control. This may be nit picking, but they are not well designed or well thought out. They only look nice. The outward buttons for cruise control (left) and audio controls (right) are stuck on with sharp edges and corners, and cheap looking. The quad tilt buttons in the steering wheel spokes for car info are much more refined feeling, but used far less often. I use the cruise buttons all the time, and reminded of their cheapness with every touch. Like the shifter, you have to look at sunroof controls to see what to do. The buttons are not that intuitive. They're just buttons without motion or action indicative what they actually do. And that goes for the shade control as well. The shade for the glass roof has to be completely open for the sunroof to operate at all. We thought we'd like the big glass roof feature, but poor output on the rear seat AC vents, and the steep angle on the navigation screen mean we usually keep it all closed due to sun heat and glare.
10.1 Poor sound quality stereo.
I could go on, but the fact is that, for us, this was the worst car we ever choose to spend time with. The test drive had us impressed, but the reality of life with this car was overwhelming disappointment. The pros - things we liked such as size and convenience features - can be had on most other cars. In that sense, Lincoln deserves credit for at least keeping up in a few ways with the competition. But the cons were just too numerous to tolerate - ESPECIALLY THE STEERING - and well, we returned the car at month 28 of our 36 month lease. Good riddens! Picked up a nice low mileage 2015 Audi A4 to replace it. Soooo much happier now. If you like to drive cars that relate to the road well - don't buy an MKC. Much better choices are all around.