My wife's car was due for replacement. Having owned 4 Audis and 5 Porsches over the last 40+ years, our first stops were to look at the Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan. Fine vehicles by any standard and no doubt, worth their price. But my closest P/A dealerships are 30+ miles away. And then there is the cost of routine maintenance. Even if it is only once or twice a year the bills do add up. Stopped by our local Lincoln dealer. Family-owned operation, not a mega-dealer.Drove a 2016 MkX and a 2017 MkC. Bought the C. AWD, 2.3 liter turbo 4, 19" wheels and a whole bunch of other stuff. More technology than I will ever need or want. Quiet, solid. No wind noise at 75mph. The 2.3 liter has more than enough low end grunt and can run all day at 80mph.Lincoln is certainly trying to up their game. Call for service and the dealer comes to your house or place of business, drops off a loaner and takes your vehicle in for service. Your vehicle gets, serviced, washed and returned to you. Not a bad deal. Is the MkC comparable to a Q5 or Macan? Not really. But I have an extremely competent smaller SUV that cost between $10k and $20k less than its German counterparts, not counting the service cost differential. My one complaint is that those 19" diameter 45 series tires are not the friendliest on the oxen trails that pass for roads in my state.
I have the 2017 MKC Reserve. I have never been more pleased with a vehicle. As far as safety, it is incomparable. The blind spot alerts and lane drifting alarm (steering wheel vibration) is great. The interior with the wood trim is very well done, you certainly get your money's worth. The ride is smooth and quiet and it handles fantastic. I can open the tailgate by waiving my foot underneath it lol, so that works great when your hands are full. I love this car.
As another reviewer's title says, "This is not your grandpa's Lincoln." I thought that when I first test drove one, and I would have used the title here if it hadn't already been used. I have been a Ford product owner since my first new car, and this is my eighth new car. I traded in my 2002 Eddie Bauer Explorer with almost 250,000 miles on it for the MKC. I wanted something a bit smaller with better gas mileage while offering quality. I will say that I always said I'd never spend more than $35,000 on a car, but the MKC Reserve certainly stickered for substantially more. However, I believe that for the price and from a comparison standpoint, the MSRP is not out of line. The fit and finish on the vehicle is outstanding, and I've had a number of compliments on the car from passersby. People really like to comment on my kicking under the rear to open the rear hatch. People also love the welcome lighting in the car. I've had the car for almost 10 months, and I can honestly say it has exceeded my expectations. I've read reviews from individuals and ratings companies (e.g., magazine editors) that the mileage estimates are way off. I have to say that is not my experience. Other ratings I've seen in some reviewers were actually lower than I expected. At speeds from 65 to 73 on the highway, I've actually hit 34+ mpg. That's better than the highway mpg on the window sticker. So, this is definitely good mileage. And with over 11,000 miles on the car now, the average mileage since I've owned it has averaged 24.4 miles. I love BLIS, adaptive cruise control, the heated and cooled seats (cooled are going to be very important in the southern heat), the My Lincoln app, extremely comfortable seats, active park assist and other options. I joke that I actually had to read the manual to learn how to use the car. Oh, and I can't forget the push button start and remote functions, including starting from my phone. And speaking of the phone, my iPhone works great with SYNC 3. Bluetooth works well, voice recognition is great, and the nav system is handy - I had no desire to get the nav system, but it came with the package, and I actually use it to see what traffic is like when going to and from work. And the THX optional sound system is outstanding - it's a new way to listen to my music! After 10 months and 11,300 miles, I still find no negative issues with the car. Burgundy velvet with the ebony interior is a great combination, too.
I bought the 2017 MKC about a month ago and have been very happy with my purchase. Car rides beautifully and is extremely quiet on the inside. Gas millage so far is around 20, for an AWD that's not bad considering the weight of the car. All of the controls are easy to use and figure out. Car does shift a little odd at times but did read that's a problem with Ford products. All in all no complaints so far, driving does not seem to be an effort anymore!