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Did anyone test drive and compare a Ford Escape before choosing the Lincoln MKC? I wonder how much difference there is.
 

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Did anyone test drive and compare a Ford Escape before choosing the Lincoln MKC? I wonder how much difference there is.
We did. We researched the Titanium Escape and test drove one with the 2.0 L Ecoboost engine and 4WD. It was loaded and had an MSRP of nearly $39,000.

The instrument panel and display was more cluttered on the Escape than on the MKC. There is no comparison in the ride between the two vehicles in that the MKC is much smoother both in terms of ride and handling. While we were not initially sold on the idea of a push button automatic transmission on the MKC, the small stick crammed into the center console of the Escape looked to be the product of poor planning. We're also glad that we got the 2.3 L engine as the performance of the engine matches our MKC better than the 2.0 L engine that worked well in the Escape.

Even at the high end, the interior of the Escape did not compare with the Select MKC that we had originally test drove, and with the Reserve that we purchased. The exterior styling is clearly superior with the MKC over the Escape although I'm not as big a fan of the front grill as my wife.

The Escape is a very popular vehicle but there's no real comparison to the MKC. You're getting a lot more vehicle for the additional costs and that differential is not that great between the high end Escapes and MKC's with similar features. Once you've driven both vehicles, it's should be abundantly clear - the MKC is not an Escape with a Lincoln badge.
 
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We did. We researched the Titanium Escape and test drove one with the 2.0 L Ecoboost engine and 4WD. It was loaded and had an MSRP of nearly $39,000.

The instrument panel and display was more cluttered on the Escape than on the MKC. There is no comparison in the ride between the two vehicles in that the MKC is much smoother both in terms of ride and handling. While we were not initially sold on the idea of a push button automatic transmission on the MKC, the small stick crammed into the center console of the Escape looked to be the product of poor planning. We're also glad that we got the 2.3 L engine as the performance of the engine matches our MKC better than the 2.0 L engine that worked well in the Escape.


Even at the high end, the interior of the Escape did not compare with the Select MKC that we had originally test drove, and with the Reserve that we purchased. The exterior styling is clearly superior with the MKC over the Escape although I'm not as big a fan of the front grill as my wife.

The Escape is a very popular vehicle but there's no real comparison to the MKC. You're getting a lot more vehicle for the additional costs and that differential is not that great between the high end Escapes and MKC's with similar features. Once you've driven both vehicles, it's should be abundantly clear - the MKC is not an Escape with a Lincoln badge.
Thank you. Before buying my MKC I did not realize it was based on the Escape. Since then I have seen so many Escapes on the road that I wondered if I had made a financially unsound decision. Smooth ride is paramount for me, so it sounds like I made a good decision.
 

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We test drove both and thought that the MKC was a smoother, quieter, and more comfortable ride. I did as close to an apples to apples comparison of the Escape Titanium 2.0/4WD to the MKC Select 2.0/AWD (the equipment package that we have). I chose the Escape Titanium because that is what you have to purchase to get leather and a seat configuration that is the same on both the driver and passenger side (both of which we wanted). I added navigation and a power liftgate since that is how our MKC is configured. The difference in price for the MKC Select was almost $5500 more than for the Escape Titanium.

My wife, who we were buying the car for, liked the exterior/interior of the MKC much more than that of the Escape. That and the smoother, quieter, and more comfortable ride, in addition to the fact that we keep our cars for longer than the average person, made the decision to purchase the MKC at the higher price pretty easy.

As with any product, it all comes down to personal preference and how much dough you're willing to shell out to get what you want.
 
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