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2018 Lincoln MKC Review

The 2018 Lincoln MKC sits in the bottom half of our luxury compact rankings. It has uninspiring performance, a cramped second row, and a lower predicted reliability rating than most of its classmates.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Lots of standard features
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Low list prices for class
  • Mediocre handling ability
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Below-average cargo space
  • So-so cabin quality

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 9.1
Reliability:
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Is the 2018 Lincoln MKC a Good Used SUV?

The Lincoln MKC is an OK used luxury compact SUV. In a class with some pricey European and Japanese rivals, the MKC's appeal is value. It boasts a good number of standard features and a pampering ride, for an average list price of less than $30,000.

The 2018 MKC has several strengths:

  • One of the least expensive models in its class
  • User-friendly standard technology
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Lower five-year ownership costs than nearly all class rivals
  • Good rating for total ownership costs driven by depreciation

It also has notable weaknesses:

  • Noticeable turbo lag from both available engines
  • Unimpressive safety scores for its class
  • Less athletic than rivals
  • Out-of-place hard plastics in cabin
  • Tight second row
  • Not a lot of cargo space
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How Much Is the 2018 Lincoln MKC?

Based on listings for the 2018 Lincoln MKC on our site, the average price is $29,300. Prices range from about $21,800 to $35,900 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Lincoln MKC Cost to Own?

The 2018 MKC’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $25,600, or $5,120 per year. That’s well below average for a luxury compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New MKC?

For 2019, Lincoln refreshed the MKC's front end with new styling and introduced available pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking. If these changes don't pique your interest, you may be better served buying a used MKC instead of a new model. Buying used could save you some cash, as prices for a 2018 MKC range from around $22,000 to about $36,000, while a new 2019 MKC starts at about $34,000 and can go up to around $51,000.

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The 2018 MKC is part of the SUV's first generation, which started with the 2015 model year. Older models will likely cost less, and you'll have to balance those potential savings against minor changes between each model year. The 2016 MKC received the user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system, which replaced the clunky MyLincoln Touch interface. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay were introduced and made standard in the 2017 MKC, and a Wi-Fi hot spot became standard in the 2018 MKC.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Lincoln MKC?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 MKC a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2018 Lincoln MKC Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Lincoln MKC:

  • Some models may be equipped with incorrect brake hoses, which can chafe against other components and cause a leak

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Lincoln MKC Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Lincoln MKC comes in four trims: Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is available, and a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available in AWD models.

The base model includes most of the infotainment features you'll find throughout the trim lineup, along with other conveniences including heated front seats and remote start. If you want leather seats, go with a Select or above model. Certain driver assistance features can only be found in the Reserve and Black Label trims.

  • Lincoln MKC Premiere: The MKC Premiere comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, remote start, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and Ford's MyKey, which lets you set limits on speed and audio volume for secondary drivers. The standard SYNC 3 infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a nine-speaker stereo, and satellite radio.
  • Lincoln MKC Select: The MXC Select adds leather upholstery, a 12-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Available features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a 14-speaker THX II audio system, HD Radio, voice-activated navigation, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, a panoramic roof, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, automatic high-beam headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • Lincoln MKC Reserve: The MKC Reserve features standard blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a hands-free liftgate, navigation, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, a panoramic roof, and ventilated front seats. Additional available features include automatic park assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, front parking sensors, lane departure warning, and driver attention monitoring.
  • Lincoln MKC Black Label: The Lincoln MKC Black Label comes with several styling upgrades and a few interior upgrades such as premium leather upholstery. The Black Label is available with the same packages as the Reserve trim.

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

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.

According to our analysis, Lincoln's CPO program is less robust than most other nonluxury brands for the coverage and benefits it provides.

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How Safe Is the MKC?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lincoln MKC an overall rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in both the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test.

Only two crash tests were conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the MKC received the highest score of Good in both. Properly equipped MKCs received the lowest rating of Basic for front crash prevention.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors
  • MyKey (lets you set limits on speed and audio volume for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • automatic park assist
  • adaptive cruise control
  • forward collision warning
  • front parking sensors
  • lane departure warning
  • driver attention monitoring
  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers

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2018 Lincoln MKC Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Lincoln MKC or 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC is one of the benchmarks among all luxury compact SUVs. It has solid safety and predicted reliability ratings and boasts what's arguably the nicest interior in the class. The GLC also has spacious seating in both rows. The MKC has a slight edge in that it comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but you can find those smartphone integration systems in some GLC models. Both luxury crossovers provide a supple ride, though you may find the GLC a little more eager while tackling corners. The GLC also offers potent AMG engine options. The most notable of the GLC's few weaknesses is its cost. Average prices are around $12,000 higher for the Benz than for the Lincoln, and the former will also cost you around $8,500 more in five-year ownership expenses. If you can afford it, absolutely buy the Mercedes.

Which Is Better: 2018 Lincoln MKC or 2018 Ford Escape?

The 2018 Ford Escape is an affordable compact SUV that shares a platform with the MKC. It doesn't sport a luxury badge, but the Escape is the clear choice for those who value performance. Its standard 168-horsepower engine is underwhelming, but two available turbocharged EcoBoost engines are more muscular. If you’re looking for lively acceleration, go with the 245-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, which is also available for the MKC. You'll get several more standard features in the MKC, including heated front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, and a power liftgate, but you can find Escape models with these elements, and you'll likely pay less for them. The average price of a 2018 Escape is around $8,600 less than that of an MKC, and the Ford will save you about $2,900 in five-year ownership costs. You'll get more value from the Escape, and it's the better choice if you can live without the Lincoln badge.

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2018 MKC Performance

How Does the 2018 Lincoln MKC Drive?

The 2018 Lincoln MKC is available with one of two turbocharged four-cylinder engines. There isn't a huge difference in power output between the two, as they both deliver adequate performance in most driving situations. You may notice some turbo lag if you hit the gas pedal hard trying to move quickly from a stop.

The MKC also isn't as agile or engaging to drive as some other crossovers. It tends to lean a lot around turns, so you probably won't feel like Mario Andretti behind the wheel. Instead, channel your inner Matthew McConaughey and say "All right, all right, all right" to a cushy and comforting ride that soaks up most bumps and holes in the road.

  • Base engine: 245-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engine: 285-horsepower turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder (AWD only)
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Lincoln MKC Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 MKC's fuel economy is about average for the class. However, you’ll likely save some money at the pump because the MKC takes regular gasoline, while many rivals require premium.

  • 2.0-liter, FWD: 21/28 mpg city/highway
  • 2.0-liter, AWD: 19/25 mpg
  • 2.3-liter: 18/25 mpg
2018 Lincoln MKC Towing Capacity

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

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2018 MKC Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 MKC Seat?

The 2018 MKC seats five people in two rows. The front seats are comfortable, with a dozen power adjustments to help you find an agreeable position. Headroom is great, and legroom up front is decent. Things aren't as good in the back seat, where adults may feel cramped. There's little legroom, especially if you're behind a taller driver or a passenger slides their seat back. The MKC's interior design is pretty modern, with a good amount of high-quality materials. However, it also features some noticeably low-end materials, like hard plastics, that you don't tend to find in rival luxury cars.

Standard seating features:

  • synthetic leather upholstery
  • 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • six-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • heated front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • leather or premium leather upholstery
  • 12-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • ventilated front seats
  • heated rear seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Lincoln MKC?

The 2018 MKC has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. You can also borrow lower anchors from either side to use a car seat in the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for overall ease of use. You might confuse other hardware for the tether anchors. The lower anchors on the passenger-side outboard seat are set deep in the seat, and you might not have a lot of room to maneuver your hands around to attach the straps.

2018 Lincoln MKC Features

The MKC's solid list of included technology contains smartphone integration for Apple and Android devices, which isn't standard in some rivals. The SYNC 3 interface has large and clear virtual buttons, so it’s easy to use while driving. The touch screen responds quickly to your inputs and functions smoothly.

  • Standard infotainment features: SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a nine-speaker stereo, and satellite radio
  • Available infotainment features: a 14-speaker THX II audio system, HD Radio, and voice-activated navigation
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and remote start
  • Other available features: a 110-volt household-style power outlet and a panoramic roof

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2018 Lincoln MKC Dimensions

Lincoln MKC Cargo Space

The 2018 Lincoln MKC's cargo space is a mixed bag. It serves up 25.2 cubic feet of room behind the back seats, which is about average for a luxury compact SUV. However, its maximum volume of 53.1 cubic feet with the second row folded is less than what many class rivals have. A power liftgate is standard, and hands-free liftgate access is available.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Lincoln MKC Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 11 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,823 to 3,997 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Lincoln MKC Built?

Ford built the 2018 Lincoln MKC in Kentucky.

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