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2019 Lincoln MKC Review

The 2019 Lincoln MKC finishes in the bottom half of our luxury compact SUV rankings. It has plenty of user-friendly tech features and a plush ride, but many rivals are more upscale and more athletic.

Pros & Cons

  • Buttery ride
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Subpar total cargo space
  • Uninspiring handling
  • Unimpressive cabin materials
  • Seats aren’t as roomy or comfortable as rivals’

New for 2019

  • Refreshed front-end design
  • Last year of production (replaced by Lincoln Corsair for 2020)

7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 8.6
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Lincoln MKC a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2019 MKC is a good used luxury compact SUV. It gets decent gas mileage and provides a cushioned ride over almost any road surface. The MKC looks good inside, and it has lots of standard and available features, most of which are intuitive and easy to use.

Unfortunately, the MKC also has some notable weaknesses. Neither of its engine choices feel particularly energetic, and the handling in this Lincoln crossover is less agile than many competitors'. Its cargo capacity is below average for the class, and several rivals have more comfortable seats and ritzier cabins.

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We’ve researched 30 Lincoln MKC reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much is the 2019 Lincoln MKC?

Based on listings for the 2019 Lincoln MKC, the average list price is $25,115. Prices range from $25,115 to $36,430 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Lincoln MKC Cost to Own?

The 2019 MKC’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $28,600, or $5,720 per year. That’s below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC: What's the Difference?

The 2019 MKC looks slightly different than the 2018 model because Lincoln refreshed its exterior styling, but the 2019 MKC saw no other significant updates. Notably, 2019 marked the final year of production for the MKC, which was replaced by the Lincoln Corsair for 2020.

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Here are the key changes for the Lincoln MKC since its debut for the 2015 model year:

  • 2016: SYNC 3 infotainment system replaced MyLincoln Touch interface
  • 2017: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay introduced and added to standard features list
  • 2018: Wi-Fi hot spot introduced and became standard
  • 2019: exterior styling updated

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 MKC, 2017 MKC, and 2018 MKC reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Lincoln MKC?

The 2019 Lincoln MKC has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2019 Lincoln MKC Recalls

There are no major recalls for the 2019 Lincoln MKC at this time.

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Which Used Lincoln MKC Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Lincoln MKC comes in four trims: base, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. All models feature a 245-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder base engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. A 285-horsepower turbo-four is available in all but the base trim, and all-wheel drive is available in all trims.

The base MKC comes with a fair number of features, and many buyers won't feel the need to look past it. If you do want to step up the trim ladder, the Reserve also makes a good choice, as it’s the lowest trim to offer many of this Lincoln's active safety features.

When new, Lincoln offered a lot of options for the 2019 MKC. That means you may be able to find Lincoln MKC models with features in addition to those listed here.

  • Lincoln MKC: The base MKC comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Lincoln's MyKey, remote start, a rearview camera, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
  • Lincoln MKC Select: In addition to the base trim's features, the MKC Select comes with leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, and a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.
  • Lincoln MKC Reserve: The MKC Reserve gains a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, a hands-free power liftgate, navigation, and blind spot monitoring.
  • Lincoln MKC Black Label: The MKC Black Label adds several styling upgrades and a few interior updates, such as premium leather upholstery.

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What Does Lincoln's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

Lincoln has one of the least robust CPO programs among luxury carmakers, according to our analysis. Better programs are available through competitors like Cadillac, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.

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How Safe Is the MKC?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 MKC an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 MKC the highest rating of Good in both crash tests the organization performed.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • MyKey (lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Front parking sensors
  • Lane keep assist
  • Parallel park assist
  • Blind spot monitoring

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2019 Lincoln MKC Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Lincoln MKC or 2019 Lexus NX?

The 2019 Lexus NX finishes a bit ahead of the MKC in our luxury compact SUV rankings, and it's a better pick for most buyers. The NX's engine doesn't have as much horsepower as the MKC's engines, but the Lexus crossover feels quicker nonetheless. The NX has ample space for adults in both rows, as well as a more upscale interior than the Lincoln. The Lexus also has one of the best predicted reliability ratings in the class.

Which Is Better: 2019 Lincoln MKC or 2019 Lincoln Nautilus?

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is a luxury midsize SUV that's bigger than the MKC, though it's not necessarily better. As you might guess, these Lincolns have similar features lists and comparable levels of interior quality. The Nautilus provides more passenger and cargo space, and it offers a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that's more powerful than both of the MKC’s engines. That said, unless you need the extra space and power the Nautilus provides, the better pick between these two is largely a matter of personal preference.

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2019 MKC Performance

How Does the 2019 Lincoln MKC Drive?

The MKC gives you a choice of two turbocharged engines, but despite the power difference, both feel about the same from behind the wheel. What's more, neither engine delivers the kind of energetic performance that you can get from other luxury compact SUVs.

Many rivals have more agile handling than the MKC, but that's because this Lincoln intentionally prioritizes comfort over athleticism. To that end, the MKC succeeds. The ride is plush, and even large bumps in the road are absorbed without disturbing the cabin’s occupants.

  • Base engine: 245-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engine: 285-horsepower turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder (only available in all-wheel-drive models)
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Lincoln MKC Get Good Gas Mileage?

The MKC earns its best fuel economy ratings when equipped with the base engine and front-wheel drive. In that setup, it gets average gas mileage for a luxury compact SUV. Ratings drop slightly if you opt for all-wheel drive or the more powerful turbocharged engine.

  • 245-horsepower, FWD: 20/27 mpg city/highway
  • 245-horsepower, AWD: 19/25 mpg
  • 285-horsepower, AWD: 18/25 mpg
2019 Lincoln MKC Towing Capacity

The MKC can tow up to 3,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2019 MKC Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 MKC Seat?

The 2019 MKC seats five people in two rows. It looks good inside, and the cabin remains quiet at highway speeds. However, there are some low-rent materials that keep this Lincoln from feeling as posh as some rivals.

Neither row of seats will wow you with the amount of legroom available, and the rear seats are short on headroom. Additionally, many rivals' seats are more comfortable and supportive than the MKC's seats.

Standard seating features:

  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Reclining rear seats

Available seating features:

  • Genuine leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Lincoln MKC?

The 2019 MKC has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The rear middle seat has the ability to borrow the lower anchors from both sides. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The tether anchors could be confused with other hardware, and some of the lower anchors are set too deeply in the seats.

2019 Lincoln MKC Features

The MKC comes with plenty of connectivity features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it easy to link your smartphone to the infotainment system. The SYNC 3 interface is intuitive and easy to use, and the touch screen responds quickly to inputs. There are also physical controls for some functions.

  • Standard infotainment features: the SYNC 3 interface, an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot (Lincoln Connect)
  • Available infotainment features: navigation and a 14-speaker THX premium audio system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and remote start
  • Other available features: a panoramic sunroof

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2019 Lincoln MKC Dimensions

Lincoln MKC Cargo Space

The MKC has 25.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 53.1 cubic feet with them folded. Many luxury compact SUVs have a higher maximum cargo capacity.

2019 Lincoln MKC Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 11 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,811 to 3,969 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Lincoln MKC Built?

Lincoln built the 2019 MKC in Kentucky.

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