The car with the 20s is on its way to my dealer, already built. Its one they already had on their order/build sheet.
There are not other MKCs in my area that have the 20s on them. So the debate is mainly due to whats available in my area without a lot of hassle to get. My choices are:
- A Dealer trade (my local dealer with a dealer about 70 miles away) for a White Platinum Reserve with Hazelnut and the 19s and optioned with Tech, Hitch, Climate, THX.
- A in stock White Platinum Reserve with Ebony, Sonota Trim and the 19s optioned with Tech, Hitch, Climate BUT NO THX.
- And finally a White Platinum Reserve with Ebony, Wood Trim and the 20s optioned with Tech Hitch, Climate, THX.
From looking at the pictures, I might feel like the 20s are a bit to "busy" I would rather have less spokes then more. I think the 19s might look more sporty where as I could see where some would maybe think the 20s look more classy if you know what I mean.
Of course this also mean I am on the fence about THX vs No THX. I hooked up my phone via USB in a MKC with each version. Jammed out to some good bass heavy clean music with vocals and definition. I could see where the THX showed more clarity and seemed "cleaner". But maybe I was imagining it, however the non THX seemed like the bass thump was more pronounced, localized. I don't listen to classical music or jazz... its pretty much Top 40, Dance, Rock etc. So yes, I like my bass!
My gut is telling me to go after the one that is a dealer locate/trade that has the 19s THX and Hazelnut. As I like the Hazelnut and without having them side by side to compare, I doubt after a day in the car I would really notice any significant shortcomings to the THX system (lack of bass etc.). I can always bump up the Bass Slider and turn the volume up louder
I got the 20", love them and gets tons of compliments, I also love how the huge tires handle the dry and wet ( not snow) roads. However not a great wheel for winter for 2 reasons; 1) there's so many spokes that it is a a major pain to clean, and I can only assume there will always be tons of snow stuck in them. 2) The tires on the 20" wheels are 255, which is a super wide tire for winter driving. If you're not planning to size down for winter, I suggest sticking with the 19's as a happy compromise. I put on 18" winter tires and mags for the winter, with the stock size of 235/50R18. So far, extremely happy how this truck handles snow and ice with 18" Toyo's.
As for your thoughts on the THX, I'm big into music, had a 2011 MKX with an awesome THX stereo, best stock sound system I've ever heard, so naturally I was going to get it on the MKC, didn't think twice about dishing out the extra $$, until I heard it and was in shock. Thought it was defective so listened in a second car, same sound. So like you I compared the 2 closely, huge difference, salesman even agreed with me! The new THX has absolutely no low end bass, zippo. Their distributed bass technology just simply cannot replace a subwoofer in any way shape or form. So if you really like bass, stick with the standard stereo which has a subwoofer and save $1000, this is a matter of personal listening preference. The new THX is great, but not for everyone. Perhaps the highs are not as defined, but it never distorts even at high volumes. If you really wanted, you could spend $200 and change the speakers in the front and be well ahead in sound quality and wallet savings. Only You can decide what you like, you will get many different opinions on here.