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So far after 4 months and 2500 miles our 2016 (August build) MKC has been great and we really enjoy driving it. Our dealer is Lincoln only and they have been very helpful with technical questions. The mechanicals have been flawless. The transmission shifts buttery smooth and the 2.3 pulls like its a V6! Seats are comfortable and the Sync 3 is a huge improvement! Love the technology package and the ride control. The front seats are a bit slow to warm but on a remote start they do get warm by the time I get to the vehicle (about 3 minutes walk). The quality of the interior (especially the leather on the seats) is very nice. Glad I listened to my wife and got Espresso/White Sand. When driving it, the ride is nice (comfort and normal) and the cabin is very quiet. Note the 20s ride a bit stiffer than the 19s. I use comfort for Drive (around town) and normal for Sport (on the highway) and I like the ability to choose. At first I questioned the button shifting but we got use to it and we like the extra space it provides on the console. Mileage - Averaging 18-19 around town upper 20s highway on 87 octane. The standard radio is not bad after you fiddle with the controls. Should I have gotten the THX system; its debatable and there were very few available at the time we bought ours. Phone app was a bit of a challenge in the beginning but now I can't live without it.


Going forward we are looking towards using it for some road trips perhaps to Asheville NC to look at some homes and we have a wedding in the Chesapeake bay area in June. In the past we might have flown but the comfort the MKC offers suggests we may drive.


Any real problems? NONE so far. I did add air to my tires! - Let the rants begin :).


Considering the MKC is built in the same plant as the Escape where they crank out a couple of hundred thousand (plus Mexico) for over 300K units a year is probably not the best place to build a higher quality but low-volume vehicle like the MKC. I believe this generation MKC was an experiment for Ford/Lincoln and the Escape plant made sense. I suspect (and I hear) MKC production will be moving so it looks like Lincoln considers the MKC a success and maybe with time (and my 2016 seems to confirm it) some of the bugs with the 2015s (especially the early ones) will be/have been addressed.. Again I wanted to off-set some of the other posts on this site that may give some people a less than full picture,
 

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So far after 4 months and 2500 miles our 2016 (August build) MKC has been great and we really enjoy driving it. Our dealer is Lincoln only and they have been very helpful with technical questions. The mechanicals have been flawless. The transmission shifts buttery smooth and the 2.3 pulls like its a V6! Seats are comfortable and the Sync 3 is a huge improvement! Love the technology package and the ride control. The front seats are a bit slow to warm but on a remote start they do get warm by the time I get to the vehicle (about 3 minutes walk). The quality of the interior (especially the leather on the seats) is very nice. Glad I listened to my wife and got Espresso/White Sand. When driving it, the ride is nice (comfort and normal) and the cabin is very quiet. Note the 20s ride a bit stiffer than the 19s. I use comfort for Drive (around town) and normal for Sport (on the highway) and I like the ability to choose. At first I questioned the button shifting but we got use to it and we like the extra space it provides on the console. Mileage - Averaging 18-19 around town upper 20s highway on 87 octane. The standard radio is not bad after you fiddle with the controls. Should I have gotten the THX system; its debatable and there were very few available at the time we bought ours. Phone app was a bit of a challenge in the beginning but now I can't live without it.


Going forward we are looking towards using it for some road trips perhaps to Asheville NC to look at some homes and we have a wedding in the Chesapeake bay area in June. In the past we might have flown but the comfort the MKC offers suggests we may drive.


Any real problems? NONE so far. I did add air to my tires! - Let the rants begin :).


Considering the MKC is built in the same plant as the Escape where they crank out a couple of hundred thousand (plus Mexico) for over 300K units a year is probably not the best place to build a higher quality but low-volume vehicle like the MKC. I believe this generation MKC was an experiment for Ford/Lincoln and the Escape plant made sense. I suspect (and I hear) MKC production will be moving so it looks like Lincoln considers the MKC a success and maybe with time (and my 2016 seems to confirm it) some of the bugs with the 2015s (especially the early ones) will be/have been addressed.. Again I wanted to off-set some of the other posts on this site that may give some people a less than full picture,
So happy for you. Really.
 

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Very good review...which is what we all wish we could say with our MKC's....I'm happy with mine as well....has some glitches that I am trying to work through, in the end, I'm sure it will all work out, and hopefully to all of us to that end! congrats on your 2016 addition!
 

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Took a short trip taking our daughter back to college and nothing has changed from my initial post. We do enjoy this vehicle!
 

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Gee S....if he did use 93 octane the engine will up it's HP to 900 hp, and the torque curve will spike up to almost 700 ft lbs....if that is allowed to go on, the MKC will be shaming Ferrari's and Lambo's.....and we can't have any of that now, can we LOL.
Reg gas for the win...(smiling here).
 

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Gee S....if he did use 93 octane the engine will up it's HP to 900 hp, and the torque curve will spike up to almost 700 ft lbs....if that is allowed to go on, the MKC will be shaming Ferrari's and Lambo's.....and we can't have any of that now, can we LOL.
Reg gas for the win...(smiling here).
Don't care who ya are, now that was funny!
 

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Cheers 93Cobra...it was in good fun! (although it would be AWESOME to suddenly find 900HP waiting for ya after a fill up LOL)....how do we say: Zoom Zoom hehehe.
 

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5.0 Candy REDCS u are hilarious and deserve a reality show
Just was curious because I haven't seen gas prices go under $2 in a while and I'm taking advantage of 1.85/gal...
I haven't "splurged" on 93 octane and was wondering was it even worth it!!
 

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Our experience is similar with Blankster's
Our 2016 was built in Nov, took delivery Nov 28th. Bought the Select version with Burgundy exterior and Espresso/White Sands interior. Initially leaned towards the Reserve but the required Vista roof squashed that thought. It's a headroom issue due to my height plus we have real sports cars when we desire wind in the hair.
Only have 2500 miles as it's primarily my wife's vehicle and she obviously doesn't drive much. We're pretty well located and she tends to walk for her daily shopping sprees so it's garaged most days. Have taken one trip to SF Bay area over the Holidays and a couple trips to San Diego but the rest is close to home.

She loves the car! Thinks it looks great and handles just like she wants. Bought for her as I wanted the upgrade of side/back up warning along with the backup camera. She's a good driver but...............a little help doesn't hurt! Have to admit I enjoy it also. The Burgundy color is fantastic and agree with Blankster on the Expresso/White Sands interior. Great contrast without the difficulty of keeping all White clean. Very quiet on the road and handles quite well for a grocery getter/people hauler.

We've had zero problems, yes I'm knocking on wood/concrete and whatever else is within arms reach. Wife has been confused a couple of times due to the newness of all the built in features but familiarity has solved most and she has less questions now. Took a little time to get used to the push button gear selection but like the space it clears up on the console.

Just read this afternoon that Lincoln beat MB, BMW, Audi and Cadillac in latest JD Power survey. They must have included ours just filled out last week.

Things I'd change:
1. Drop the paddle shifters. Suspect they're the least used of the various toys on board. Does anyone on the Forum use them?
2. Move the cargo area light to an overhead position.
3. Provide a scratch prevention pad to the top of the rear bumper, I'd pay for an option if offered.

Hope the quality issues that tend to dominate the board get resolved so you all enjoy the ride like we have
 

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for the difference of only 10-20 cents additional per gallon...it think its worth it.. assuming 20 cents for 15 gallon fillup its only $3 more then the regular 87, less then a cup of coffee. you get better throttle response and (assuming) cleaner running engine. I only fill up with 93 for both my cars the (MKC and the 06 Navigator). that's just my 2 cents input.
 

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for the difference of only 10-20 cents additional per gallon...it think its worth it.. assuming 20 cents for 15 gallon fillup its only $3 more then the regular 87, less then a cup of coffee. you get better throttle response and (assuming) cleaner running engine. I only fill up with 93 for both my cars the (MKC and the 06 Navigator). that's just my 2 cents input.
Here in the Chicago area premium is 70 to 80 cents more per gallon. Not sure why that is.
 

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"Things I'd change:
1. Drop the paddle shifters. Suspect they're the least used of the various toys on board. Does anyone on the Forum use them?
2. Move the cargo area light to an overhead position.
3. Provide a scratch prevention pad to the top of the rear bumper, I'd pay for an option if offered."

1.The paddle shifters come in handy to downshift if you going down hill and could use an engine brake.....but their primary use has to do when you're driving in "S" mode. In S mode, you're actually doing the shifting with the paddles.
2. Agreed....wish they installed a similar light set up as in the front left/right built in spots...The cargo area is terribly lit, I ended up getting an extra led light that hangs off one of the cargo net hooks.
3.I had mine done in thick clear 3M film....took it to my window tint guy and he made a paper template for it, asked me if I liked it and then proceeded to cut one out of thick 3m clear film and they installed it....$30.00 cash!
 

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Here in the Chicago area premium is 70 to 80 cents more per gallon. Not sure why that is.
Wow, we here in the Pacific Northwest usually have the highest gas prices but what a difference between the 87 to 93 octane. I once remember in California premium gas was going for 4.89/gallon and yes I filled my navi with it, those days are gone hoping it won't come again
 

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$29.00 a barrel yet we are STILL paying 90c a litre...and a $1.15 for premium,go figure!
 
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