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Picked up the new MKC!

Picked up our new MKC on Friday and I've been driving it around for a few days now. The only conclusion I've come up with is that Lincoln isn't screwing around! What an awesome little SUV!

We had a 2 year lease on a 2013 MKX that just ran up (our dealer actually got us out of it a little early to get us into a pre-paid lease program on the MKC) and the MKX, in hindsight, was nowhere near the car the MKC is. The ride, handling, quality, refinement and technology don't even come close on the MKX. We also found the MKX to drive quite big for the size of vehicle it is, with heavy steering and lots of body roll, definitely not nimble in any sense of the word. In the 2 years we owned the MKX, we never caught as much attention as I've gotten with the MKC in the last 2 days! Any time I stop somewhere, it's almost a guarantee that someone will come up and ask about it. It's awesome.

I never thought I'd enjoy a car as much as I've enjoyed our other Ford, my F-150, but I find very little to gripe about in this car. The backseat could be larger, and the front seat bottoms are a little on the unsupportive side for larger figures like myself (I often feel like I'm sitting on the seat, not in it), but otherwise this MKC is darn near perfect for what we were looking for. Unlike others, I find the cargo area to be perfectly adequate. We had an XL-sized dog kennel in the back with the seats folded down, as well as a bunch of luggage when I drove some friends to the airport. No problem.

The foot-kick to open the hatch is pure genius, a feature I've found to be extremely helpful already. I also like the push-button shift, which I find perfectly fine to use. I do miss the console shifter as somewhere to rest my hand like I have in my F-150, but I suppose everything takes getting used to. Definitely not a deal breaker as some have portrayed it to be.

I took an MKC with Pirelli 20's and an MKC with Michelin 19's on the same icy route during a test-drive, and I found the 20" Pirelli tires to be MUCH better on the slippery stuff, so I went with the 20's and plan to run them year round. The THX stereo is good, but on BT Audio settings I have a hard time finding the sweet spot in the EQ settings to make it sound perfect. The leather quality is fantastic, I had a friend in the MKC with me yesterday and he works at a Mercedes dealership and is an avid Benz fan, and he commented on the quality of materials and workmanship in the cabin as compared to Benz's GLK.

We managed to find an MKC without the wood grain as I haven't really cared for any wood grain in any car, so we went with the Sonata Spin trim. It looks fantastic. Really modernizes it in my opinion. Our MKX was the Limited Edition and it had the dark brushed aluminum look which was a little more detailed than the Sonata Spin, but nevertheless, it looks great.

It goes in on Tuesday for the treatment every one of my vehicles gets, tint-to-match front windows and front Xpel protection kit.

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Nice write up. You must be Irish as you have a nice way with words. Thanks for the pics too.
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Not irish, but I do have a background in journalism!

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All tinted and 3M protected!

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Where did you get the Tint done & what Percentage is it ?
When you roll down the Window does the Tint cover the whole window ?
Is it Lighter than the Factory back Window Tint ?

What is the 3M Protection ?
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HCFX: Very nice enjoy!

I passed on the 20's for the reason I enjoy fully detailing our vehicles. I take the time to clean the barrels of the wheels, the 19's make that easy for me to do and I find they are very well finished inside as well.

Although it seems some owners are not all that pleased, I usually prefer the optional sound package, but THX was not in stock without 20's and Tech included, nor in I/S & Eb combow. It has to be a lot better than the standard. Only other option I will always miss, not getting. I did not want to wait for an order.

I passed on a 12 MKX and fully agree with your comments. I do look forward to the 16 MKX with the anticipation that all of what the MKC has to offer be there and one upped in some areas to make it a very desirable vehicle.

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HCFX: Very nice enjoy!

I passed on the 20's for the reason I enjoy fully detailing our vehicles. I take the time to clean the barrels of the wheels, the 19's make that easy for me to do and I find they are very well finished inside as well.
I was cleaning my 19s and notice the same.. I could get my hand all the way back to clean that back section... "Barrel". And that section is finished very nicely, surprising given its not normally even seen.

The rears were easier to get at with the smaller rotors... the fronts were not bad, but around the calipers it was a bit harder. It got me thinking if it would be easier to jack the vehicle every now and then and clean from the inside, spinning the wheel while I do it. Would let me really get it clean.
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Where did you get the Tint done & what Percentage is it ?
When you roll down the Window does the Tint cover the whole window ?
Is it Lighter than the Factory back Window Tint ?

What is the 3M Protection ?
I got the tint done at a local tint shop, it's 20% tint to match, and it is a very close match all things considered. They did a really great job on it, the tint covers the entire window right up to the edge, and the quarter window on the door is all covered. It looks fantastic, the best tint job I've ever had done on any of my vehicles.

3M protection is the film on the front end of the car. A must-have where I live, where winters can get harsh and the roads are sanded.

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HCFX: Very nice enjoy!

I passed on the 20's for the reason I enjoy fully detailing our vehicles. I take the time to clean the barrels of the wheels, the 19's make that easy for me to do and I find they are very well finished inside as well.

Although it seems some owners are not all that pleased, I usually prefer the optional sound package, but THX was not in stock without 20's and Tech included, nor in I/S & Eb combow. It has to be a lot better than the standard. Only other option I will always miss, not getting. I did not want to wait for an order.

I passed on a 12 MKX and fully agree with your comments. I do look forward to the 16 MKX with the anticipation that all of what the MKC has to offer be there and one upped in some areas to make it a very desirable vehicle.
I tend to prefer the look of the 19" wheels myself, I think they have a more youthful look vs the 20's which have a more mature look. But the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All season tires in my opinion are superior to the ho-hum Michelin Latitudes on the 19's in almost every aspect, so I went that route. That, and I prefer the way the 20's fill out the wheelwell. I wish you could get a wheel that is styled like the 19's but in a 20" size, but I have gotten a whole pile of compliments on the style of the wheels, so I have no regrets.

As far as cleaning goes, I'm pretty meticulous with my vehicles as well, I use one of those wash mitts with the microfiber strands, and I was able to get in between the spokes fairly easily with the mitt. It takes a little longer and requires a little more work to get in there and scrub, but they really shine when they're clean. I use an Air Force Master Blaster car dryer to dry them off, and they seem to clear out the water pretty well. My F-150 has black Fuel Maverick offroad wheels and they are the biggest pain to clean, so the MKC wheels are easy.

I have high hopes for the new MKX. If it's going to look anything like the concept it should be very very good. I'm expecting the 2.7L Ecoboost in that one, which should be quick and refined. I drove that engine in the new F-150 and it was fantastic in that truck, so the MKX should be no exception. If it follows in the same footsteps as the MKC as far as the driving dynamics, I will be seriously considering it as a replacement for the MKC when my lease is up.

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Finally got a chance to grab my Canon DSLR and take some real pics of this glorious machine!

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