Personally, I like the difference in contrast on the rear air diffuser. My major gripe about the MKC, in general, is the plastic exterior cladding. I wish Lincoln would have offered it as an option to have it painted the same as the body color or gray for contrast.
I know a lot of other manufacturer's SUVs also have this cladding, but several have gotten away from it the past several years. Volvo no longer has it on the XC60. BMW offers an option to have the plastic painted on the X3. I don't think the Audi Q5 has had it for quite a few years.
I remember when we bought our 2003 Escape I made sure we got the trim level that had the plastic cladding painted.