2015 Lincoln MKC vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Is the 2015 Lincoln MKC a top-tier luxury model? We don’t see why not; it’s a new class for Lincoln, but the MKC as a product is as good as nearly anything else in this class.

The Cadillac SRX is a half-size larger, but we’d put it in the same category because of pricing and features; in that stage, the MKC also stands out for offering more for the money.

The Lincoln is also better in fuel economy than the Cadillac, which only offers a V-6.

The Infiniti QX50 is, like the MKC, very compromised in rear-seat space; the MKC rides better than the QX50, although the Infiniti’s rear-wheel-drive platform might satisfy die-hard sport-sedan enthusiasts a bit more.

Safety purists will want to head over to the Volvo XC60, with its stronger set of available safety equipment and better crash ratings; while the Audi Q5 sits as a sort of target for the MKC.

It might be as good as the Audi, in many ways, but the Lincoln is indeed lacking that model’s cachet -- so far.

At a more modest level, the MKC competes with the Buick Encore, a surprisingly well-equipped, quiet, and comfortable crossover that offers luxury without much pretense.

The Encore is a significantly smaller vehicle on the outside, although its seating space isn't that much tighter.

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Quick Specs
The 2015 MKC doesn’t go far in redefining Lincoln as a brand, but badging aside, it presents as exactly the luxury product shoppers want—a lively and lavish, yet super-refined compact crossover.
The 2015 Audi Q5 remains one of the most elegant, truly car-like crossovers on the market.
The 2015 Buick Encore could use a little power, but it's otherwise a mostly solid entry into a very small segment.
The 2015 Cadillac SRX offers class-leading technology and excellent interior appointments in a uniquely American luxury crossover.
The 2015 Infiniti QX50 isn't as useful as many of its competitors, but it's more fun to drive–and comes with a handsome, well-appointed interior.
The 2015 Volvo XC60 crossover stays stylish--and now it gets much better gas mileage from a new four-cylinder engine.
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Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged I4Gas V6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
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Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/ASmall Station WagonsSmall SUV 2WD
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FWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door BaseRWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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