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I am planning to order a 2017 MKC Reserve 2.0L soon for delivery in March or April. It would include the factory tow package and THX audio - a rare combination in dealer inventories. My wife and I both prefer the Cappuccino interior but can't make up our minds on the exterior finish. We like Pearl White on other vehicles and the White Platinum comes close to that. However, it seems there are a lot of other white SUV's out there and the White Gold is more unique (and less expensive). Here is my list of pros for each:

White Platinum
  • looks classier
  • looks nice with the Cappuccino interior
  • best night-time visibility

White Gold
  • I like how it looks on the Ford Escape - it seems warmer
  • new for 2017 - not like so many others out there
  • probably easier to keep looking clean
  • less cost

I welcome any opinions that might help us decide.
 

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Lighter colors are easier to maintain long term and if anything happens to the paint easier to match.

If your getting ready to order, you should consider getting the 2.3 engine too, if money is an issue upgrade the engine and not the paint.
 

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I agree on the light colours - just having difficulty making up my mind which I like better - I'm sure I would quickly get used to either one.

I had a Select 2.0 L loaner for a day and found the power to be quite adequate - a lot more than my 2013 RAV4 which I still intend to keep for a few more years. In Canada the 2.3 L engine is only available on the Reserve and comes with 19" or 20" wheels. I prefer the standard 18" wheels that come with the 2.0 L AWD Reserve.
 

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Not having seen these colors in the lot, I cannot tell if the White Platinum has any pearl effect.
But any body man would tell you that for any small or large repairs requiring respray, pearl colors require complete stripping and respray of all the paint layers to match up the rest of the car.
Hard to do right and more expensive.
 

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What are you planning on towing since you are ordering the tow package? Perhaps you will need the extra power from the 2.3?
 

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I occasionally pull a utility trailer to a haul things I can't or don't want to put in my SUV - like lumber and building supplies, or loads to the dump. I may have a few occasions when I need to transfer items to or from my son about 2 hours away or the family cottage about 7 hours away. Trailers of the class I would want to use are rated at 2000 pounds loaded. The only compact SUV's with a suitable tow rating are the Ford Escape, Lincoln MKC and Lexus NX200T - every other vehicle I would consider is rated 1500 pounds or less. The Ford and Lincoln factory tow packages are nicely integrated, come with sway control and are reasonably priced.

If I needed more capability than this I would probably move up to a Ford Explorer or equivalent - maybe next time!
 

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Color is a very personal decision. To many it is not relevant and others fret to the point of obsession. I've worked with Creative Designers most of my life and have experienced the later constantly.
Myself, I'm very picky and prefer darker exterior colors as they highlight body sculptures/detail. A pain to keep dust off but it's worth it to me.
In the end it's what YOU like and as the MKC looks darn good in any of the choices - pick yours and enjoy!
 

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I placed an order today for a 2017 MKC Reserve 2.0 L with delivery late March or early April. We settled on the Palladium White Gold exterior and Cappuccino interior, with towing package, tech package and THX.

I appreciated the article about car paint colors which concurred with my observations. Thanks for all of the input.
 

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I also ordered the White Gold (same interior too). I wanted something different. If my memory serves me correctly, the 2.0 has a higher tow rate than the 2.3. So, it sounds to me that you made a good choice all the way around!
 

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Both have a 3000 pound maximum trailer weight for the factory towing package. The 2.3 L engine actually has a slightly higher maximum GCWR (7420 vs 7400 pounds).

I might have got the 2.3 L engine but it was not available with the 18" wheels in Canada. I found the 2.0 L engine to be quite adequate for my style of driving on my day with an MKC loaner.
 

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I just ordered a new MKC Reserve 2.3 three weeks ago. I loved the white gold also. Unfortunately for me, I loved the hazelnut interior more, so I had to go with the White platinum. It's disappointing that you cannot get more color choices with that color interior (hazelnut). The white gold would have been my ideal choice, but I was restricted to white, black, silver, or red. I chose the white. If paying $45,000 plus for a vehicle I'm disappointed that more color options aren't available.
 

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I liked the hazlenut, especially with silver or white but the black headliner turned me off. Actually, I think the color choices are very good compared to Toyota and Lexus (especially in Canada).
 

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I just ordered a new MKC Reserve 2.3 three weeks ago. I loved the white gold also. Unfortunately for me, I loved the hazelnut interior more, so I had to go with the White platinum. It's disappointing that you cannot get more color choices with that color interior (hazelnut). The white gold would have been my ideal choice, but I was restricted to white, black, silver, or red. I chose the white. If paying $45,000 plus for a vehicle I'm disappointed that more color options aren't available.
Most not all car manufactures, lux and non-lux, restrict color and interior choices, also within the last few years all manufactures started charing extra for all but a few color choices now. It's all about profit. Over 25% of all cars sold now are white, the #1 choice of paint colors. Yet many manufactures charge extra for white now. Pure profit on a highly profitable vehicle already. If you looked at Lexus then you would have seen how they have option packages that are tied to paint and interior colors and all are limited in choice. So if you want for example a green Lexus you can only have it with a pre selected interior and limited selection of options.

I agree any color, any interior color combo should be available, however, the manufactures have design people who are far more artistic then me and know all about what color combo's work and sell so a dolt like me does not pick a color combo that would never sell to anyone but me. So in a way its also a good thing to save many people from themselves.
 

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jprski:

I have been annoyed with Toyota and Lexus for not offering color combinations in Canada that are available on the same models in the USA, even if they are assembled in Canada. It seems that the decisions about what to offer are made by each country's marketing gurus, perhaps in our case to limit the number of combinations. Ford and Lincoln seem to offer the same colors in Canada and the USA but other option packages tend to be tailored to the specific market - though you can pretty well get the same vehicle if you check off all of the option boxes. Interior color choices and seating comfort swayed us in the direction of Lincoln.
 

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My new 2017 MKC arrived at the dealership via convoy on Wednesday, just a week after being built. I dropped in to check on my order status and discovered it had arrived less than an hour before. I took a few pictures and have posted one here. I haven't seen any other pictures of an MKC in White Gold on this forum. I should be getting it on Tuesday - the dealer has been busy with end of March sales and deliveries.
 

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My new 2017 MKC arrived at the dealership via convoy on Wednesday, just a week after being built. I dropped in to check on my order status and discovered it had arrived less than an hour before. I took a few pictures and have posted one here. I haven't seen any other pictures of an MKC in White Gold on this forum. I should be getting it on Tuesday - the dealer has been busy with end of March sales and deliveries.
Congrats.
 
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