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2017 Lincoln MKC Review

The Lincoln MKC has potent engine options, a comfortable ride, and user-friendly tech features. However, it finishes in the middle of our luxury compact SUV rankings. It comes up short on rear-seat and cargo space, and it has a low safety score for the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale interior
  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Potent turbocharged engines
  • Below-average ownership costs
  • Snug rear legroom
  • Mediocre cargo space

8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.1
Reliability:
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2017 Lincoln MKC Overview

Is the 2017 Lincoln MKC a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 MKC is a fine option if you’re shopping for a used luxury compact SUV. Its comfy seats and smooth ride make it pleasant to drive, and its tech features are refreshingly easy to use. Both of its turbocharged engines provide zippy acceleration and good fuel economy. Overall, the MKC is a good value in this segment; you can typically find used MKC models for sale at far lower prices than class competitors.

That said, the Lincoln does have its trade-offs, including snug rear seats and mediocre cargo space. For roomier alternatives in this segment, consider the 2017 BMW X3 and 2017 Acura RDX.

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How Much Is the 2017 Lincoln MKC?

You can expect to pay between $22,800 and $37,000 for a used 2017 MKC. These figures are based on the roughly 300 listings for the 2017 Lincoln MKC on our site. The average price is $29,600. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Lincoln MKC Cost to Own?

The Lincoln MKC’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $24,600 – or about $4,900 per year. That’s much lower than average for the luxury compact SUV class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New MKC?

The 2019 Lincoln MKC starts at $33,995. You can save thousands of dollars with a used 2017 MKC, especially if you want a base model with few options. You won’t miss much with a used model either, as the only update for 2019 is refreshed exterior styling. There were no major changes to the MKC’s interior or features.

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For a less-expensive new SUV, consider the 2018 Ford Escape. The Escape is built on the same vehicle platform as the MKC. As a result, both crossover SUVs deliver comfortable rides, zippy turbocharged performance, and comparable tech and safety features. The big difference is that the Escape offers superior cargo space and starts at a more affordable $23,940.

Savvy shoppers should consider the 2018 Mazda CX-5, which starts at just $24,140. Though it’s not a luxury vehicle, the CX-5’s crisp styling, top-notch materials, and zippy performance may have you thinking it is. If you want to stick with a luxury SUV, another option is the subcompact 2018 Infiniti QX30 (starting at $29,950). It boasts a handsome interior with quality materials.

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Which Model Year of the Lincoln MKC Is Best?

Lincoln debuted the MKC as an all-new crossover SUV for the 2015 model year. If you’re considering a used MKC, you’ll probably want to narrow your search to 2016-and-newer models. The MKC gained the easy-to-use SYNC 3 infotainment system for 2016, replacing the awkward MyLincoln Touch system. For 2017, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became available.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lincoln MKC?

The 2017 MKC has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Lincoln MKC Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2017 MKC.

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Which Used Lincoln MKC Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 MKC is available in four trim levels: Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. The base model MKC Premier has a 240-horsepower engine. It comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, USB ports, a satellite radio, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a power liftgate, and alloy wheels. While that’s a generous list of standard features, you’ll have to upgrade to get the stronger engine. The MKC Select, Reserve, and Black Label trims are available with either engine.

We recommend the Reserve trim for its nice assortment of features, including navigation, blind spot monitoring, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a hands-free liftgate. Some of these features were optional in the Select trim. For a loaded model, go for the MKC Black Label (also available with either engine), which offers distinctive upholstery and interior trim combinations. Available features include heated rear seats, rain-sensing wipers, automatic high beam headlights, and a suite of active safety features (Technology package).

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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 2017 Lincoln MKC an overall 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 2017 MKC the top rating of Good in the front and side impact safety tests. However, the IIHS also gave the MKC the lowest rating of Basic for the effectiveness of its optional front crash prevention features, as well as the lowest rating of Poor for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead.

The 2017 MKC comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are available. The Technology package (available on Reserve trims only) adds front parking sensors, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, parallel park assist, and a driver drowsiness monitor.

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2017 Lincoln MKC Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lincoln MKC or 2017 Audi Q5?

The 2017 Audi Q5 isn’t a great option in this class. While the Q5 offers sportier handling than the MKC, the Audi’s ride quality worsens over rough pavement. It also has higher ownership costs, a poor predicted reliability rating, fewer advanced safety features, and an infotainment system that isn’t as user-friendly. Stick with the Lincoln.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lincoln MKC or 2017 Lexus NX?

The 2017 Lexus NX has a lot in common with the MKC, but the Lexus is the better vehicle in this comparison. Both SUVs offer similar seating and cargo space, comparable fuel economy estimates, a comfortable ride, and lots of advanced safety features. Both also have zippy turbocharged engines. However, the NX has a slight edge with its higher-quality interior and slightly better safety and predicted reliability ratings.

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2017 MKC Performance

How Does the 2017 Lincoln MKC Drive?

The 2017 Lincoln MKC is available with two turbocharged engine options: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 240 horsepower, and a 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 285 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard; front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. These EcoBoost engines exhibit a hint of turbo lag when pulling away from a full stop, but once underway, both scoot the MKC up to speed swiftly and provide ample passing power.

This Lincoln also boasts refined driving dynamics and a whisper-quiet ride. It stays balanced around tight corners, and its pliant suspensions soaks up rough pavement nicely. Opt for a model equipped with Lincoln’s Continuously Controlled Damping suspension (standard with all-wheel-drive models) for an even comfier ride. However, one complaint is that the MKC’s brake pedal feels a little too sensitive.

Does the 2017 Lincoln MKC Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2.0-liter engine gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (19/25 mpg with AWD), which is good for a luxury compact SUV. The 2.3-liter engine returns 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

2017 Lincoln MKC Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the MKC has a towing capacity of 3,000 pounds.

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2017 MKC Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 MKC Seat?

The Lincoln MKC is a 2-row SUV that seats five. The front seats are soft and supportive, and they provide good head- and legroom for taller drivers and passengers. The rear seats are plush as well, but they’re noticeably shorter on legroom – even for average-sized adults.

The cabin is handsomely styled and quiet at highway speeds. Most interior surfaces are covered with soft-touch plastics. That said, some of the MKC’s interior materials don’t feel quite up to class standards. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard; ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lincoln MKC?

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the MKC, along with a middle-seat tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup a Marginal rating for overall ease of use because some of the lower anchors are hard to access.

2017 Lincoln MKC Features

The MKC comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, USB ports, Bluetooth, a satellite radio, CD player, and a nine-speaker stereo. Available features include a 14-speaker stereo and navigation system.

The standard SYNC 3 touch screen has crisp graphics and reacts quickly to inputs. It has simple on-screen buttons and menus, but you don’t have to rely on the screen for every function. The dashboard also has physical audio and climate control buttons. SYNC 3 also supports the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto programs, so you can access your phone’s apps and functions while on the go.

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2017 Lincoln MKC Dimensions

Lincoln MKC Cargo Space

The MKC has 25.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 53.1 cubic feet with these seats folded. Those dimensions are a little below average for the luxury compact SUV class.

2017 MKC Length and Weight

From front to back, the MKC measures 14.9 feet long. Its curb weight is between 3,823 and 3,997 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Lincoln MKC Built?

Lincoln built the 2017 MKC in Kentucky.

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