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We finally have some official 0-60mph figure from Motortrend for the 2.3L: 6.5s, not too bad!


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"By now you’ve probably seen the TV spots of movie star Matthew McConaughey promoting the all-new Lincoln MKC crossover. (If you haven’t, view three here.) Whether you believe McConaughey would actually drive a Lincoln (he says he’s been driving one “long before anybody paid me to drive one”) or for that matter an MKC (it’s easier to envision the Longhorn alum in a Navigator, no?) is beside the point. Clearly, the newly dubbed “Lincoln Motor Company” is attempting to attract Gen X and Y buyers, those 30- and 40-somethings who not only relate to McConaughey and his films, but also have healthy incomes and, most likely, a family that necessitates a small luxury crossover, one of the fastest-growing segments in the auto biz. In other words, let’s get nontraditional Lincoln buyers into this nontraditional Lincoln.

I must admit, seeing McConaughey behind the wheel of a Lincoln crossover just feels weird. To me, he’ll always be Wooderson from “Dazed and Confused.” I mean, who can forget him talking about his prized Chevy Chevelle: “Let me tell you what Melba Toast is packing right here, all right. I've got 411 Posi-Trac out back, 750 Double Pumper, Edelbrock intakes, bored over 30, 11 to 1 pop-up pistons, turbo-jet 390 horsepower. We're talking some f#$%ing muscle.” (I recommend you YouTube this as well.) Good news for Lincoln is the MKC’s got some f#$%ing muscle of its own, thanks to the new EcoBoost borrowed from the 2015 Ford Mustang.

Displacing 2.3 liters, the single turbo I-4 develops 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft in the MKC, slight drops from the Mustang’s version of 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft. Our all-wheel-drive MKC 2.3, weighing in at 4045 pounds, zipped from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, on its way to a quarter-mile time of 15.0 seconds at 91.1 mph -- the same quarter-mile time put down by the BMW X4 xDrive28i. Wooderson’s ol’ 390-horsepower Melba Toast likely would have been about a second quicker to the quarter, given that a 450-horse Chevelle SS that Hot Rod magazine tested back in May 1970 needed 13.4 seconds at 108.2 mph. See, I told you the MKC had some f#$%ing muscle. Per associate editor Christian Seabaugh, “This 2.3 motor is potent as ****. The AWD MKC is really quick, really torquey, and real confidence-inspiring. Feels more Focus ST than Escape Titanium.” Alas, we found its six-speed automatic underwhelming, making us wish for a more intuitive gearbox with a couple more gears. Per senior features editor Jonny Lieberman, “The transmission feels lazy, which is too bad because the 2.3-liter with a great transmission could be a very compelling product.”


Speaking of compelling, the less powerful 2.0-liter MKC, which we tested in front-drive guise, proved less so. With 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft motivating 3866 pounds, it returned runs of 7.6 seconds to 60 and 15.9 seconds at 87.4 mph in the quarter -- respectable but not nearly as engaging or fun as the 2.3. In our handling and braking tests, the 2.0 again proved respectable -- 0.80 g max lateral acceleration, a 27.9-second figure-eight run, and 60 to 0 in 123 feet -- but not as stout as the 2.3, which recorded 0.84 g, 26.7 seconds, and 118 feet, respectively. While editor-in-chief Ed Loh viewed the FWD 2.0 as “tight and well-damped, with a surprising mix of smooth and sporty,” the AWD 2.3 was rated higher and is the way to go if you’re looking for the utmost performance from your LiMoCo crossover, especially off pavement. As editor at large Angus MacKenzie noted, “The continuously variable torque split all-wheel-drive system works extremely well on the dirt. The AWD MKC strolled up the dirt hill from a standing start, and proved fast and flickable through the dusty turns.”

The MKC’s exterior design, a blend of Lincoln heritage up front, Audi Q5 in the back, and Ford Escape in profile, received mostly rave reviews. According to MacKenzie, “Exterior styling is mature and pleasant. The wing-grille stays the right side of parody, and the Audi Q5-style rear hatch (same style of cutlines to the side) gives the rear end graphic a broad, expansive stance.” Loh had this to add: “Exterior is stunning. Best modern Lincoln styling to date.” Still, in profile, the MKC’s A-pillar, wheelbase, and proportions suggest the down-market Escape. To that end, the radically penned Lexus NX does a better job concealing its fundamental roots (Toyota RAV4).


From behind the wheel, the MKC was deemed a legitimate luxury player. Our editors were impressed with the quality of the wood, leather, and plastics as well as the clean, appealing, and uncluttered design. Per MacKenzie, “The interior is extremely well executed, with acres of soft-touch leather -- including a modern take on quilted door panels -- nicely restrained open-pore wood, and soft-sheen aluminum. It looks refined and upscale.” Still, some found the knobs lacking in quality and the infotainment screen too similar to that in a Fiesta. Associate editor Scott Evans observed, “Controls are a mixed bag. Some are good; some feel very cheap.” And all concluded the backseat too cramped for a four-door SUV wearing a Lincoln badge. “Back seats are about as useful as those in a Focus,” said Seabaugh. In terms of value, our FWD 2.0 started at $33,995, but thanks to a $6935 Reserve 102A Package (leather/heated/cooled seats, 10-way power front passenger seat, auto-folding side-view mirrors, panoramic roof, navigation, hands-free liftgate, blind-spot system, and 18-inch polished wheels among other items), a $2235 Technology Package (adaptive cruise control, active park assist, forward sensing system, and lane-keep assist), a $995 THX audio system, and a few other options, the as-tested price swelled to $45,785. That’s a lot of dough for a fancy Escape, but there’s no denying that it includes a ton of kit, much of it useful and appreciated. Associate road test editor Carlos Lago observed, “I like the lane-keep assist philosophy: Doesn’t alert everyone in the car; it just vibrates the wheel and subtly pulls to the right direction.” Not surprisingly, the AWD 2.3 came with a steeper sticker price -- $37,630 to start and, with similar options as the 2.0, $49,265 as tested. For context, the 2015 Q5 3.0T starts at $45,825. Whether McConaughey’s advertisements work magic for the MKC remains to be seen, certainly given the crossover just went on sale. But in August alone, the MKC found 1760 takers, not that far off the 2023 folks who bought a BMW X3. Clearly, the MKC is off to a good start. To that, I’ve got to think Wooderson would’ve said, “All right, all right, all right.”

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Fairly decent review, though I still don't understand why MKC reviews have to mention the Escape at least 4 times. When you read reviews for a Q5 or NX you don't see Tiguan or RAV4 mentioned over and over again. I think in the case of the Q5, in particular, you're lucky to see the word Tiguan.

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It sounds like their tester 2.0 was the FWD model. I wonder how those numbers change in the AWD 2.0. Thanks for sharing.
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Fairly decent review, though I still don't understand why MKC reviews have to mention the Escape at least 4 times. When you read reviews for a Q5 or NX you don't see Tiguan or RAV4 mentioned over and over again. I think in the case of the Q5, in particular, you're lucky to see the word Tiguan.

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It sounds like their tester 2.0 was the FWD model. I wonder how those numbers change in the AWD 2.0. Thanks for sharing.
Agreed. Even in the article I thought it was going to get past it when I read this, "Feels more Focus ST than Escape Titanium", but then by the end it's the same old comparison, "That’s a lot of dough for a fancy Escape".

Nearly every manufacturer that owns multiple badges share platforms. Economically, it is the smart thing to do. It always seems like when it's a domestic manufacturer people tend to make a much bigger deal out of it. It is very annoying.

Porsche Macan --> Audi Q5
Porsche Cayenne --> Audi Q7 --> VW Toureg
Audi Q3 --> VW Tiguan / VW Golf
Lexus NX --> Toyota Rav4
Lexus RX 350 --> Toyota Harrier
Acura RDX --> Honda CRV
Acura MDX --> Honda Pilot
Infiniti QX60 --> Nissan Murano

Etc, etc, etc.
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I agree. Audi and the others also share parts selectively yet it's not mentioned. The other easy "go-to" item I've noted in reviews is the now-tired "interior is not up to European car standards". I drove the Mercedes, Audi, and BMW (and own a BMW still) and the fact is: Any comparably-priced SUV interior from those brands is NOT as refined as a comparably priced MKC. Of course, if you go to the very top of the line of an X-5 or Porsche Macan, the interior is more refined than the MKC -but it will cost $20K (actually more) to get that level. So is the comparison fair?

Back to your point, I drove the Escape Titanium and liked the car -but it feels VERY different in all respects to the MKC. There was a time that Lincolns and Fords felt the same -but that's just not the case now. The car writers will catch up, but it may take them a bit.
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Agreed. Even in the article I thought it was going to get past it when I read this, "Feels more Focus ST than Escape Titanium", but then by the end it's the same old comparison, "That’s a lot of dough for a fancy Escape".

Nearly every manufacturer that owns multiple badges share platforms. Economically, it is the smart thing to do. It always seems like when it's a domestic manufacturer people tend to make a much bigger deal out of it. It is very annoying.

Porsche Macan --> Audi Q5
Porsche Cayenne --> Audi Q7 --> VW Toureg
Audi Q3 --> VW Tiguan / VW Golf
Lexus NX --> Toyota Rav4
Lexus RX 350 --> Toyota Harrier
Acura RDX --> Honda CRV
Acura MDX --> Honda Pilot
Infiniti QX60 --> Nissan Murano

Etc, etc, etc.
They seem to Always Find Fault with American Products. Never Foreign. I only Buy American Cars and SUV. I love my MKC 2.0.
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