"Some of us (me included) have experienced early battery failure"
Good to know, batteries are very important in this part of the country, rural and cold. I have most of my batteries, ATVs, tractor, etc., on solar or battery tenders, not practical for a vehicle but I try and put a charger on the trucks periodically. I am sure this MKC has the original battery, when it craps out what are good replacements? I don't scrimp when buying new batteries, reliability is worth more than dollars.