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2015 Lincoln MKC Review

The 2015 Lincoln MKC ranks in the middle of the luxury compact SUV class. It has many appealing traits, including strong engine options, a comfortable ride, and lively handling, but some of its rivals bring more to the table.

Pros & Cons

  • Robust engines
  • Agile handling
  • Smooth ride
  • Tight rear seats
  • Small cargo hold
  • Laggy touch screen

8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.1
Reliability:
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2015 Lincoln MKC Overview

Is the 2015 Lincoln MKC a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2015 Lincoln MKC is a good luxury compact SUV. It has capable engine options, a smooth ride, agile handling, and an upscale cabin. Outside of a tiny cargo hold, it doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses. Still, it gets overshadowed by most rivals, some of which have more cabin space and better infotainment systems.  

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Lincoln MKC review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 21 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Lincoln MKC?

Based on 2015 Lincoln MKC listings on our site, the average list price is $24,000. Prices range from $19,000 to $29,000 and vary based on the vehicle's mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Lincoln MKC Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs on the 2015 MKC are estimated to be around $25,460 over five years, or $5,092 per year. Those are some of the lowest costs in the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Lincoln MKC?

The 2019 MKC has refreshed exterior styling, an updated infotainment system, and more standard tech features than the 2015 MKC, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. However, the new MKC also starts much higher at $33,995. A used model likely costs less.

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The price of a used 2015 Lincoln MKC ranges from $19,000 to $29,000. No new luxury compact SUVs (or even luxury subcompact SUVs fall) within that price spread. On the other hand, every new compact SUV retails for less than $29,000, so you might want to consider one of them. Many, like the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and 2019 Subaru Forester, have roomier cabins, more cargo space, and longer lists of standard features.

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Which Model Year of the Lincoln MKC Is Best?

Lincoln introduced the MKC as an all-new model for 2015, and there have been a few notable updates since. Lincoln swapped out the hard-to-use MyLincoln Touch infotainment system for the more intuitive SYNC 3 interface for 2016. For 2017, the MKC gained standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a new Black Label trim. A Wi-Fi hot spot became standard for 2018. We recommend a 2016-or-newer MKC for the upgraded infotainment system.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lincoln MKC?

J.D. Power gives this crossover a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Lincoln MKC Recalls

As of this writing, there are seven recalls for the 2015 MKC. Recalls address problems with air bubbles forming in the windshield, the fuel module cracking, the fuel pump failing, the vehicle unexpectedly stopping, the engine block overheating, a door opening with the car in motion, and the seat belt bolts breaking. Before buying this vehicle, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Lincoln MKC Model Is Right for Me?

The MKC is available in three trim levels: Premiere, Select, and Reserve. All three come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The Select and Reserve trims can be had with a range-topping 2.3-liter turbo-four rated at 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission available is a six-speed automatic.  

The entry-level Premiere trim comes with an 8-inch touch screen, the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker stereo, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and synthetic leather upholstery. You’ll also get a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

The Select trim gains genuine leather upholstery and a 10-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. When it was new, this trim was available with several options, so you might find a model with a navigation system, HD Radio, a 14-speaker stereo, a panoramic roof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a power liftgate. Automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats are also available.

The top-level Reserve trim has many of the above options as standard equipment. Additionally, it gains a hands-free power liftgate and ventilated front seats. The 14-speaker stereo and HD Radio remain available, as do the heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Reserve is also the only trim to offer front parking sensors, lane keep assist, a driver condition monitor, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, parallel park assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lincoln MKC Warranty

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the MKC?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the MKC the highest rating of Good in two crash tests. Models equipped with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking got the lowest rating of Basic for front crash prevention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 MKC an overall rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in side crash test. However, the NHTSA noted that the left rear passenger door opened during a side test.

Standard features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and MyKey, which lets you set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers. Several more driver aids are available, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision warning and braking system, automatic high beams, parallel park assist, lane keep assist, and a driver attention monitor.

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2015 Lincoln MKC Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKC or 2015 Ford Escape?

The 2015 Ford Escape is essentially the nonluxury version of this Lincoln. Both the MKC and this compact SUV share the same platform and have comparable driving dynamics. The Escape’s upper trims even have an option for the same base engine as the MKC. However, there are a few differences. The Escape has a larger cargo hold and a better reliability rating. On the other hand, the Lincoln has a higher safety score and more standard and available safety features. Choosing between these two is a matter of preference.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKC or 2015 Audi Q5?

The 2015 Audi Q5 is not a great luxury compact SUV. It has a few strengths under its belt, such as sporty handling and potent powertrains, as well as a classy, spacious cabin. The Audi has more cargo space too. However, the Q5 also has a firm ride, a poor reliability rating, and higher ownership costs than the MKC. On average, it costs $5,100 more to buy than the Lincoln. The MKC is the better choice in this comparison.

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2015 MKC Performance

How Does the 2015 Lincoln MKC Drive?

You can choose between two engines in this SUV. The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine makes 240 horsepower. The upper two trims are available with a 2.3-liter turbo-four that produces 285 horsepower. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Lincoln’s base engine has ample power for most driving situations, and the larger EcoBoost engine feels even peppier. Most critics said acceleration came swiftly, but some noted that the vehicle’s weight has a negative impact on performance. Its transmission can also be slow to downshift.

The MKC strikes a good balance between comfort and agility. This is especially true with the available adaptive suspension, which can shift between drive modes such as Sport or Comfort to facilitate greater handling agility or a smoother ride. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2015 Lincoln MKC Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy estimates for this crossover are about average for the class. It gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive down to 18/25 mpg with the larger engine and all-wheel drive.

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2015 MKC Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 MKC Seat?

The 2015 Lincoln seats up to five people on standard synthetic leather upholstery. Power-adjustable and heated front seats are standard as well. Ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available, as is more adjustment for the front passenger seat.

The front seats are supremely comfortable. Space in the back is OK, though taller riders may find legroom to be tight. The cabin is full of premium materials, including wood inlays and aluminum accents.

How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Lincoln MKC?

This crossover has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats and a third tether anchor for the rear middle seat.

2015 Lincoln MKC Features

The base MKC has the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker stereo, two USB ports, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. Standard features also include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, remote start, and proximity keyless entry. There are several upgrades you could fine, such as navigation system, a 14-speaker stereo, HD Radio, and a panoramic sunroof.

While critics praised the infotainment system for its load of tech features and well-placed physical controls, they also noted it could be slow to respond. Some functions also require buttons to be pressed repeatedly.

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2015 Lincoln MKC Dimensions

Lincoln MKC Cargo Space

This Lincoln SUV has 25.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 53.1 cubic feet behind the front seats. Those are small figures for the luxury compact SUV class, and rivals such as the 2015 Acura RDX and 2015 BMW X3 have more room.

2015 MKC Length and Weight

This crossover measures about 14.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,791 to 3,989 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Lincoln MKC Built?

Lincoln built the MKC in Kentucky.

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