2019 Lincoln MKC Black Label AWD new car reviews

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It’s hard to think of anything or one else when you see a Lincoln but Matthew McConaughey. And much like the actor, we could argue that the face of the Lincoln MKC has gotten better with age.

From Lincoln: “The 2019 Lincoln MKC exemplifies the refined new face of Lincoln. The signature grille evokes a sense of confidence, and beautifully detailed LED headlamps illuminate the road with crisp lighting designed to minimize eyestrain. A new rear design features attractive chrome highlights that enhance the appearance from all angles.” So, in other words, Matthew McConaughey.

Our MKC tester was a full-tilt Black Label with the Modern Heritage interior. Base price for an MKC starts at $33,995, while ours came in at $56,310.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Looks good and comfy inside. My big gripe, though? Totally dead steering. Like, here’s a cold fish dead. That right there pretty much killed it for me. Also, not a fan of the shifter buttons on the steering wheel.

J.G. Pasterjak JG Pasterjak
Production/Art Director

Let’s be honest here: the Lincoln MK C is a $55,000 fancied up Ford Escape. But, darn it, the thing kind of works for me. While the Escape feels like a budget-friendly utilitarian machine, the MK C uses a combination of textures, materials and features to actually reproduce a fairly premium driving experience with the same pedestrian chassis. In some ways it’s an answer to a question no one asked, but kudos to Lincoln for pulling this off. The MK C (and, naturally, the Escape, just with less style) does a really good job at everything a small crossover should do. There’s plenty of cargo room, with nearly 100% of it being easily accessible without reaching, crawling or stretching. Ingress and egress are simple and comfortable, which is something that every crossover should nail, but few actually do. And the controls—with one exception—are well laid out and easy to use. The starter button hides in plain sight among a row of other buttons, however. I know that’s easily fileable under “Auto Journalist problems®” and someone who owned the car would quickly get used to it, but it just seems odd and needlessly buried. I don’t know who exactly is going to buy this car, though. I’m not sure where the actual nexus of small crossover buyers and luxury car buyers who want to spend nearly $60k on a jazzed up Escape exists. But this is a well-executed machine for the small number of people who actually want one.

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Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
6/5/19 2:12 p.m.

I expected some McConaughey-related jokes by now. 

bluej
bluej UberDork
6/5/19 3:10 p.m.

I like the earlier grill better, but don't hate the new one.

They tow well! 

We're about 50k into our 2015 and my wife still likes it a lot. I worry about all the electrical gizmos, some of which are already starting to show oddness. Usually it's the side mirrors having a mini spasm as they try to reset to our saved positions after parking.

Ours was just north of 40k for a 2.0 awd. Oddly, the 2.0 had a 3.5k tow rating while the 2.3 is only 2k..

Our final list had been between this mid-range MKC and a (still cheaper) fully loaded cherokee. We sat in them back to back and the interior on the MKC really was just a whole other level.

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson MegaDork
6/5/19 3:40 p.m.

Ford may have downsized me so I’m not going to be buying their products, but I have nothing bad to stay about the current Lincoln line up.  They are truly wonderful places to be. I’m so glad Lincoln are concentrating on being Lincoln and not trying to out German the Germans like Cadillac are. 

Robbie
Robbie UltimaDork
6/5/19 3:49 p.m.

In reply to Adrian_Thompson :

Don't bull E36 M3 a bull E36 M3ter!

To me, Lincoln makes me want to bite into a giant juicy burger, while in general the thought of trying to eat a burger like that in a car sounds like a stressful and messy experience. 

If I have the money for a Lincoln, I'm going to sit at a damn table to eat my burger. Or if I'm in the middle of nowhere with a beautiful view, I'll sit outside the car and enjoy it.

Vigo
Vigo MegaDork
6/5/19 11:16 p.m.

I really like the MKC. I did not know you could option one up to 56k. I'm tempted to like it a little less, now. 

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
6/6/19 6:24 a.m.
Robbie said:

In reply to Adrian_Thompson :

Don't bull E36 M3 a bull E36 M3ter!

To me, Lincoln makes me want to bite into a giant juicy burger, while in general the thought of trying to eat a burger like that in a car sounds like a stressful and messy experience. 

If I have the money for a Lincoln, I'm going to sit at a damn table to eat my burger. Or if I'm in the middle of nowhere with a beautiful view, I'll sit outside the car and enjoy it.

Is that a lincoln commercial?  I thought that was infinity or lexus. I googled it but did not find it. 

Robbie
Robbie UltimaDork
6/6/19 9:33 a.m.
dean1484 said:
Robbie said:

In reply to Adrian_Thompson :

Don't bull E36 M3 a bull E36 M3ter!

To me, Lincoln makes me want to bite into a giant juicy burger, while in general the thought of trying to eat a burger like that in a car sounds like a stressful and messy experience. 

If I have the money for a Lincoln, I'm going to sit at a damn table to eat my burger. Or if I'm in the middle of nowhere with a beautiful view, I'll sit outside the car and enjoy it.

Is that a lincoln commercial?  I thought that was infinity or lexus. I googled it but did not find it. 

Doh! It is infinity. "Luxury should be lived in" will find it on Google.

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