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REVIEW: 2016 Lincoln MKC Black Label – Your Luxury Crossover

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The Lincoln MKC was introduced in 2015 to give Lincoln a stake in the crossover market. This is an attractive and upscale crossover that stands out from the more affordable brands with elegant styling and a rich interior.

What is it?

Lincoln was once the brand everyone aspired to own, but as the population aged, Lincoln’s reputation suffered. It became the brand for more mature buyers and was overlooked by the younger set. Lincoln has worked hard to change that perception with cars like the MKC. This is a crossover, which is the darling of moms everywhere. What makes the MKC different is its focus on luxury and performance and not just versatility.

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Pricing and trims

There are four models of the MKC available, starting with the base Premiere at $35,290 with its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Increasing luxury comes with the Select at $38,285 and Reserve at $42,055, both of which carry the option for a 2.3-liter I4 EcoBoost engine. At the top is the Black Label, which comes only with the more powerful engine and a host of luxury amenities.

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Our test model was the 2016 Lincoln MKC Black Label with all-wheel drive. It had a base price of $48,950, but a long list of luxury options brought that price up to $56,895 making the Black Label a pricey choice.

Looking for a Lincoln MKC? Check out BestRide’s listing search here.

Safety

The Lincoln MKC includes multiple airbags, tire pressure monitoring system, rearview camera, and SOS post-crash alert standard across the lineup. Advanced safety features are only available as bundled packages.

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There’s no single safety package, but the Technology Package is your best choice for adding an additional level of safety. It runs $2,295 with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, active park assist with park out assist, and forward sensing system. If you want blind spot warning with cross traffic alert then you’ll need the Select Plus package, which adds another $1,100 and includes navigation with voice activation.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not fully tested the Lincoln MKC. It scored the highest rating of Good in both Moderate Overlap Front and Side crash tests. It also received a Basic rating for Front Crash Prevention.

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Performance

The Black Label MKC comes only with the more powerful 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. It’s paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and has 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque.

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That 285-horsepower turbo four easily powers the MKC down the road without feeling strained or labored. It gives plenty of power to merge onto the highway and provides a solid start from a dead stop. It’s a lively ride, though it’s not as engaging as other more performance-focused crossovers.

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The six-speed automatic transmission is smooth and quiet. You won’t hear or feel it when its well-timed shifts¬†maximize the engine’s power before the engine revs too high. It’s the quiet, smooth experience you’d expect from a luxury ride.

Ride and handling

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The MKC is incredibly smooth. It makes short work of road imperfections so passengers enjoy a comfortable ride. Handling is solid with tight steering that won’t make you work hard. It’s a luxury car, so it doesn’t want to ruffle your feathers.

Our one issue was road noise. While it smooths out those bumps and dips, high speeds produce too much road noise to comfortably have a conversation with rear passengers unless you raise your voice.

Seating

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The 10-way adjustable front seats allow for a comfortable seating position whether you’re barely 5-feet or well over 6-feet. Taller front seat passengers will, however, come up a little short on leg room as their knees bump the center console. Seating is supportive without being stiff and minimal bolstering means even wider frames will be comfortable.

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The rear seats are also comfortable and, despite not having that 10-way adjustability, they’re a better choice than the front seats for those with long legs. Even with the front seats pushed back, there’s plenty of legroom. Rear passengers have 38.7 inches of headroom and 36.8 inches of legroom. The Volvo XC60 offers 38.1 inches of headroom and 36.4 inches of legroom while the Acura RDX comes in at 38.1 and 38.3 respectively.

Cargo

When it comes time to load up your MKC with cargo, there’s a total of 53.1 cubic feet behind the first row once you fold down the second-row seats. Here, the MKC falls short of competitors. You’ll get 63.1 cubic feet in the Acura RDX and 67.4 cubic feet in the Volvo XC60,¬†which makes them better choices if you’re more concerned with carrying cargo than people.

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Infotainment and controls

The latest version of Ford’s infotainment system, Sync 3, comes standard on the MKC Black Label. It’s more intuitive than previous versions of the system, with easily read icons that quickly take you through the various menus.

It includes an eight-inch LCD touchscreen, two USB ports, SiriusXM, AM/FM, Siri Eyes Free, and, on the Black Label, a THX II audio system with 700-watts and 14 speakers including two rear-door tweeters. It provides a lush sound experience, no matter where you choose to sit.

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Looking for a Lincoln MKC? Check out BestRide’s listing search here.

Overall

The Lincoln MKC Black Label offers crossover buyers a true luxury option. Just because you’re being practical doesn’t mean you have to be boring, which the MKC proves with its rich interior full of leather and wood accents.

Crossovers are family cars, with the MKC providing an option for those who need the flexibility of a crossover but want the style and ride of a luxury car. It has plenty of passenger room, an intuitive infotainment system, and a smooth if not entirely quiet ride.

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The drawback to all that luxury is the cost. You’re looking at nearly $60K for a crossover, which is too much for many growing families. The short cargo capacity will also be an issue for some buyers.

2016 Lincoln MKC Black Label

Base price: $48,950

Price as tested, $57,895 including $925 destination charge:

Options:

Chroma Couture Premium Metallic: $1,750

2.3-liter EcoBoost Engine: $1,140

THX II Audio System: $995

20-inch Polished Aluminum Wheels: $1,145

Cargo Area Protector: $90

MKC Technology Package: $2,295
Active Park Assist
Adaptive Cruise Control w/Collision Warning
Forward Sensing System
Lane Keeping Assist

MKC Climate Package: $605
Heated Steering Wheel

Likes:

  • Rich Interior Trims
  • Elegant Styling
  • Smooth Ride

Dislikes:

  • Gear Shifter
  • Intrusive Road Noise
  • Cargo Capacity
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Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin