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2016 Lincoln MKC Review

The 2016 Lincoln MKC sits in the middle of the competitive luxury compact SUV class. It has a smooth ride and a quiet, upscale cabin that offers lots of standard features. However, the MKC's back seats and cargo hold are smaller than those of most rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet interior
  • Coddling ride
  • Long list of standard and available features
  • Cramped rear-seat legroom




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.1
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2016 Lincoln MKC Overview

Is the 2016 Lincoln MKC a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Lincoln MKC provides a good value in the typically expensive luxury compact SUV class. It comes standard with an easy-to-use infotainment system, has an above-average reliability rating, and delivers a quiet, soft ride. Still, the MKC's cramped back seats and small cargo hold may be a deal breaker if you're looking for lots of space.

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How Much Is the 2016 Lincoln MKC?

Our site has 270 listings for the 2016 Lincoln MKC, with prices ranging between $21,900 and $34,800. The average list price is $28,600. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Lincoln MKC Cost to Own?

Estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Lincoln MKC are about $23,900. That’s less than the estimates of most 2016 luxury compact SUVs. The 2016 Infiniti QX50’s five-year estimates, for example, are roughly $28,400. The 2016 BMW X3’s are $29,700, and the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class’ are around $33,500.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New MKC?

A new 2018 Lincoln MKC starts at $33,355. That’s about $4,700 more than the average price of a used 2016 MKC. That extra money buys you some nice standard features: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a power liftgate, and Wi-Fi. If you like to stay on the cutting edge of automotive technology, the 2018 is the way to go. If not, saving money and buying the 2016 MKC is the more practical choice.

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If you want a new car for the same price as a 2016 MKC, you’ll have to look at more affordable automakers. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 (starting at $24,150), 2018 Honda CR-V (starting at $24,150), and 2018 Hyundai Tucson (starting at $22,550) are top-ranked compact SUVs. In fact, the CR-V won our Best Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families awards. Just remember: adding extra features will quickly raise those base prices well above what you’ll pay for a 2016 MKC.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Lincoln MKC?

The 2016 MKC has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is above average for the industry. Rivals like the BMW X3, Lexus NX, and Mercedes-Benz GLC Class have slightly higher ratings.

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2016 Lincoln MKC Recalls

As of this writing, the 2016 Lincoln MKC has one recall: the engine block heater may overheat. Make sure this is fixed before purchasing this vehicle.

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Which Model Year of the Lincoln MKC Is Best?

Lincoln introduced the MKC for 2015. While the 2015 model is about $4,000 less than the 2016 model, it comes with Lincoln’s older infotainment system. The setup is slow to respond to inputs, and the menu structure can be confusing. In 2016, the MKC’s infotainment technology was updated to the SYNC 3 system, which is easier to operate. However, the best used model to buy is probably the 2017 MKC. It’s only about $1,000 more than the 2016 model on average, and it comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a power liftgate.

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Which Used Lincoln MKC Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 MKC is available in three trims: Premiere, Select, and Reserve. The MKC Premiere comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, satellite radio, heated front seats, the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch-screen display, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, and AppLink, which allows you to connect your smartphone to the infotainment system and control some apps with voice commands. That is a long list of standard features for the class, so most shoppers should be satisfied with the base model.

You'll need the MKC Select or Reserve trim for a more potent engine. Both are available with a turbocharged 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine, as well as Lincoln Drive Control with continuously controlled damping for sharper handling. The MKC Select also comes with a power liftgate, auto-folding side mirrors, and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. The MKC Reserve adds a standard hands-free liftgate, navigation, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, a panoramic sunroof, a 110-volt power outlet, and heated and cooled front seats.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lincoln MKC Warranty

There are some benefits to buying a certified pre-owned MKC. 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. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.  

Lincoln’s CPO program isn’t particularly robust compared to those of other carmakers. According to our analysis, you’ll get better programs with Infiniti, Mercedes, and BMW.

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How Safe Is the MKC?

The 2016 Lincoln MKC's safety score is a bit lower than average for the class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a score of Good, the highest offered, in the two crash tests it conducted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the MKC four out of five stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests. It received five stars in its side crash test.

The MKC comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and active park assist.

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2016 Lincoln MKC Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Lincoln MKC or 2016 Acura RDX?

Choose the 2016 Acura RDX over the MKC if you want a more powerful base engine. The Acura’s 279-horsepower V6 engine produces plenty of smooth power for effortless highway passing and merging. Like the MKC, however, the RDX is more comfortable than it is fun to drive. The Acura has an elegant interior and pleasant, spacious seats in both rows. It also has more cargo room than the MKC.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lincoln MKC or 2016 BMW X3?

The 2016 BMW X3 offers strong performance and plenty of space, so it's a superior choice over the MKC for many shoppers. The X3 provides several engine options, each delivering plenty of power. The base engine’s fuel economy is about the same as you’ll get with the base MKC, but the X3's available diesel engine helps it earn some of the best estimates in the luxury compact SUV class. The BMW X3 also feels nimble around corners and gentle on the highway. Another plus: the X3 has more cargo space than the MKC, and both rows of seats are roomy and comfortable.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lincoln MKC or 2016 Lincoln MKX?

The 2016 Lincoln MKX is a luxury midsize SUV, so it's the better vehicle for those who want roomier seats and more cargo space. The MKX has one of the most upscale cabins in its class, offering excellent fit and finish and premium materials. Its seats are comfortable, and there's plenty of legroom for adults in the second row. We named the Lincoln MKX our 2016 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money.

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2016 MKC Performance

How Does the 2016 Lincoln MKC Drive?

The MKC delivers a smooth ride, even over harsh roads. In the base MKC, front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. Also available is an adaptive suspension with Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes. The MKC is somewhat engaging to drive, but there is little difference between the three suspension modes.

The 2016 MKC comes standard with a turbocharged 240-horsepower four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. A 285-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is available in the Select and Reserve trims, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive. Both engines offered in the MKC are responsive and deliver adequate power for daily driving. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard; it occasionally hesitates to downshift when maximum acceleration is required.

Does the 2016 Lincoln MKC Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base MKC gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the class. It gets 19/26 mpg city/highway when equipped with all-wheel drive. The larger 285-horsepower engine, which has standard all-wheel drive, has an EPA rating of 18/26 mpg.

2016 Lincoln MKC Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2016 Lincoln MKC has a 3,000-pound towing capacity.

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2016 MKC Interior
How Many People Does the 2016 MKC Seat?

The base 2016 MKC has room for five and features heated, power-adjustable front seats. Available features include leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear seats. The available leather seats feel soft, and they contribute to a relaxed ride. However, rear-seat legroom is lacking, and taller passengers may have trouble getting comfortable, even in the front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Lincoln MKC?

The Lincoln MKC has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor.

2016 Lincoln MKC Features

The Lincoln MKC’s standard features include a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, push-button start, a media hub with two USB ports, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The MKC also comes standard with the new SYNC 3 infotainment system, which features an 8-inch touch-screen display, Siri Eyes-Free functionality for iPhone users, Bluetooth, and AppLink, which lets you connect your smartphone to the system and control your favorite apps with voice commands. Available features include voice-activated navigation, a 14-speaker THX II audio system, and the MyLincoln mobile app, which allows you to use your smartphone to lock, unlock and start the vehicle. The SYNC 3 system has an easy-to-use smartphonelike interface that responds to pinch-to-zoom and swiping motions. 

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2016 Lincoln MKC Dimensions

Lincoln MKC Cargo Space

The 2016 Lincoln MKC offers 25.2 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use, and 53.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Those numbers are about average for the class.

2016 MKC Length and Weight

The Lincoln MKC is 14.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,771 pounds in the base model to 3,957 pounds when equipped with the larger engine and all-wheel drive.

Where Was the 2016 Lincoln MKC Built?

The 2016 Lincoln MKC was assembled in Kentucky.

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