Those that think the MKC is just a gussied up Escape are making a big mistake. My wife has an Infiniti EX35 and this competes very well in all facets. The ride is luxury in a European way and seems bigger and even heavier than you expect but in a very good way. Synch seems to be surprisingly better than my first experience and this is the best Bluetooth phone quality in any car I have experienced. If you are looking for a small luxury SUV, you should make time to test drive an MKC.
I was getting a little tired of getting in and out of a small car everyday and went looking for a mini-luxo-crossover (or whatever you call them, now) for my daily hour drive. Admittedly, the only reason I thought about this car was those silly commercials. But still, I took a look and was surprised. For the sticker price on the lot, you cannot compare this to some of the cars mentioned in Edmunds review. I put $45k as a top on what I wanted to pay. My local dealers did not have an MB GLK or Audi Q5 for less than $47k on the lot. And the only BMW X3 I found under $50k didn't even have nav! Really? Yes, there was a Volvo XC60 or two that fit in my range. But not as loaded as I was able to get my MKC. I got the upgrade 2.3l engine, awd, the nav package, and several other options, including the incredible panoramic roof for $44k before any haggling or rebates. I would say this model straddles segments as it more directly competed in price with the MB GLA class, BMW X1, Infiniti QX50, Audi Q3, and Volvo XC70, all of which I'd call tall wagons. None had the ride height of the MKC. The only vehicle I would say directly competes is the Acura RDX. It did have more space and otherwise had similar features for the price, topping out at $44k. But, honestly, the 3.5l V-6 in the Acura felt gutless compared to the 2.3l turbo 4 in the MKC. That was probably my deciding factor. In all, I'm thrilled w/ my purchase.
We narrowed our choice down to the MKC and the Acura RDX. They both had many of the same features, but we like the more luxurious interior and eye catching exterior of the MKC. The RDX just looks like another Honda on the road and we wanted something else. We have the 2.0 and find it has plenty of power. The transmission shifts smoothly and we love the Sport mode. At night the car has so many great lighting features including the welcome mat, lighted outside and inside door handles and the ambient interior lighting (with 6 color choices). Our only negative feedback is the back seat room when the front seats are pushed all the way back - a little snug. However, our car has the heated back seats and that makes up for it in the winter time! I would recommend this car to anyone that wants to feel like they are driving a European car but wants to by American.
I purchased this vehicle for three reasons. The first being, I am a empty nester, 2nd I am retiring soon, and lastly I wanted to own a vehicle that would be fully equipped with all of the bells and whistles. I deserve it! Having the vehicle for one year, I could not be more pleased. This vehicle is worth every penny that I spent. It is a very good looking car, and holds itself quite nicely compared to other small luxury cuvs. I have been getting exceptional gas mileage in the city. This vehicle handles quite nicely and is very quiet. I have read reviews where some critics argue that it does not handle like some other sport cuvs. If I wanted a sporty car, I would by a "sports car." I want a smooth, quiet, soft ride. The safety features, the technology, real leather heated and cooled seats, you cannot beat it for the price. European vehicles would cost a lot more with the same packages. I know this for a fact! I have owned my share of European vehicles and base my statement on actual ownership. This is a vehicle worthy of being referred to as a luxury vehicle.
The car is fun to drive, and is comfortable. However it's like putting lipstick on a pig. I have been in and out of service for the last year, and a half. Is it great I get a rental each time. Sure is. At would have been worse without it. The amount of trips I have had to the dealer planning around my family is not something I expected in owning a brand new luxury vehicle. I was in for a broken amp 4 times. Headline did not fit from the factory, it took four attempts to fix. My automatic mirrors went on the fritz, and that is common in these vehicles. I was back and forth to the dealer during rush hour which was a far drive. Then there is the rust, at around a year in my husband found it. Now my husband washes and waxes my vehicle regularly. I have never had a vehicle rust in the first year. Yes Lincoln removed the rust. So far twice at two different dealers. These are both on the front drivers doors on the bottom along the wedge. We started wondering why our vehicle rusted after a year. Then I started noticing that after a hard rain, when I would open the door water would gush out. My husband noticed he could put his thumbnail in the seam right below where the rust was. Clearly this was the cause. Lincoln however and their service departments refuse to recognize this as a problem, or rectify the issue. We found a site where the GMC Terrains and Equinox's have the same water issue, and they suggested replacing the weather seal around the frame of the door. Lincoln's response was GM's doors are engineered differently, and "the doors are doing what they are engineered to do" At this point I started doing reviews on Lincoln's Facebook page. Slowly my links are being deleted, and I found others who had the same thing happen. Lincoln is not a reputable company. Also if you look up Ford Rust, or Look up Ford Escape Rust it is all over in the same spot on the doors on the Escapes. Sounds like an engineering defect. I would caution anyone from buying any products from Ford/Lincoln. I know I won't be buying on in my lifetime.