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.
On to the pics!