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2017 Lincoln MKC Introduction

The Lincoln MKC compact crossover debuted as a 2015 model and fares well when compared to new premium models, such as the Cadillac XT5.

The 2017 Lincoln MKC comes with more standard equipment than last year’s model, including a power liftgate and an automatic-hold function. Also, automatic stop/start is now standard with the 2.0-liter engine and front-wheel drive (optional with all-wheel drive) on 2017 Lincoln MKC models. Lincoln began replacing its troubled MyLincoln Touch infotainment with SYNC 3 during 2015. The newer voice-controlled system can connect to smartphone apps, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The luxurious cabin is pleasantly detailed. Back-seat space is tight, especially with the panoramic sunroof.

Underway, Lincoln MKC delivers well-controlled handling and responsive steering. Lincoln MKC offers a choice of strong engines, each able to deliver a quick, healthy dose of vitality just when it’s needed. Both engines are turbocharged four-cylinders and both work with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The base 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine comes with front-wheel drive. Producing 240 horsepower, it’s strong enough to move the Lincoln MKC swiftly from a stop.

The more powerful 2.3-liter EcoBoost comes with all-wheel drive. Making 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, it delivers brisk performance, with 0-60 mph acceleration in about seven seconds.

The Lincoln MKC is built on the same foundation as the Ford Escape.

Crash-test scores are nothing to boast about, though the Lincoln MKC has an impressive list of available active-safety features. In testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Lincoln MKC got four stars overall and for frontal-impact, with five stars for side-impact. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Lincoln MKC a Good rating in moderate frontal overlap and side-impact crash-tests, but the more difficult small-overlap test has not yet been performed. (The closely-related Ford Escape got a Poor score.)

A rearview camera comes standard. Upper trim levels add blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. An optional Technology package includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, Active Park Assist with Park Out Assist, and forward collision warning.

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