Objectively, the MKC is as good as nearly everything else in its class, if you judge it from purely a product standpoint; although if you shop with a lot of value placed on brand, reputation, and cachet, then the MKC doesn't measure up quite as well.
The MKC does boast better fuel economy than the Cadillac SRX—although the SRX is somewhat larger.
The Volvo XC60 is a natural rival, with a strong set of safety features and good interior comfort.
Another alternative is the Infiniti QX50, which with its rear-wheel-drive layout and more of a sport-sedan emphasis, is a far different sort of vehicle—one that might better serve serious driving enthusiasts willing to sacrifice some interior space for it.
The Audi Q5 sits as the central target for the MKC; while the Lincoln might be as good in many ways, it doesn't quite have the Audi's reputation, or its easier-to-navigate MMI system.
An all-new BMW X1 is on the way this year, built on a front-wheel-drive platform and perhaps stepping closer to the MKC on the market.
And at a more modest level, the MKC competes with the Buick Encore, a surprisingly well-equipped, quiet, and comfortable crossover that offers the taste of luxury without much pretense.
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|2016 Lincoln MKCBrowse Used Listings||2016 Audi Q5Browse Used Listings||2016 BMW X1Browse Used Listings||2016 Buick EncoreBrowse Used Listings||2016 Cadillac SRXBrowse Used Listings||2016 Volvo XC60Browse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged I4||Gas V6||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 4WD||Large Cars||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||Small SUV 2WD|
|FWD 4-Door Premier||quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium||AWD 4-Door xDrive28i||FWD 4-Door||FWD 4-Door Base||FWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E|
|Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||quattro Sport Utility||Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/OD|
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