2016 Lincoln MKC vs. Its Competition

2016 Lincoln MKC
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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The 2016 MKC doesn't redefine Lincoln on its own, but it's an appealing luxury crossover on far more than the merit of its brand.
The 2016 Audi Q5 offers one of the greatest range of powertrain choices in its class, ensuring that almost anyone can find a version of this handsome small crossover to fit their tastes.
The 2016 BMW X1 is heavy on sport and light on utility -- a combination that's likely to please a number of buyers.
The 2016 Buick Encore masks its economy-car roots well, but tepid performance keeps its from earning a premium label.
The 2016 Cadillac SRX smooths out the road ahead with a luxurious ride, smooth V-6 power, and the mixed blessing of touchscreen controls.
The 2016 Volvo XC60 remains a luxury-SUV contender, though a plethora of powertrains and options can take the $36,000 base price well over $50,000.
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Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged I4Gas V6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
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Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDLarge Cars2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/ASmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door Premierquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door xDrive28iFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/OD
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