I concur with the other MKCForum commentators. CR seems to bash anything American. In the 1970's and 1980's this made sense; but they still retain an undeserved positive bias to Toyota and Honda. Their quick video review did not find a difference between the MKC 2.0 and 2.3 engines. I test drove both yesterday and I found a huge difference in responsiveness and ended up starting the order process for the 2.3.
For the MKC, there seems to be an endless comparison to the Q5 where it is superior, yet I have not seen a single price comparison of a fully loaded MKC to Q5, about $49k vs $59k. Similar story for the X3 at $54k and the GLK at $59k; the comparison including 20" wheels, ACC, cooled seats, top audio system, leather, keyless start, GPS, metallic paint, and auto-park. I have test driven them all and cannot find $10k of difference or any significant advantage between them for the normal city/highway driving that I do (the 6 vs 7 vs 8 gearbox hardly makes a difference in driving, maybe in mpg, but a 1 or 2 additional mpg adds up to a couple hundred $ over my three year lease). These are all very fine, well put together, vehicles; I drive solo 95% of the time, don't haul bricks from HomeDepot (mulch yes), and don't drive any SUV like a low center of gravity sports car.
What I did notice is that I actually favor the MKC exterior and interior styling and technology. Now, maybe if wanted to impress people with a German badge on my key fob, then the $10k might have some value.
The Acura RDX, it is full of hard plastic bits and does not offer ACC; at least CR does not put it on a pedestal.
Based on the comparison of the Escape vs RAV4 and given these are donor platforms, the MKC will likely have better handling than the Lexus NX.