2019 Lincoln MKC 2.3T Reserve

End Of The Episode One

We enjoyed the comfortable suspension and road-holding of the MKC during the scenic drive from Niagara Falls to Niagara-on-the-Lake

Overview

At the end of its model life, the MKC dropped the split-wing grille and moved to the current Lincoln signature design with a notch etched in below the crest. This is the new face of most Lincoln models and a new stage in creating a common design language for the future. A long and painful process which is starting to pay-off and will continue into the Corsair.

Engine and Powertrain

Our tester had the optional 2.3-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The same as what we know as EcoBoost at Ford, the mother brand. It delivers 285 hp and 305 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,750 rpm. All-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmission are standard as you would expect from a compact SUV at the luxury category with an MSRP close to 60K. Whether or not you got used to it, shifting by button is “still” the norm.

Driving Impressions

The interior is sufficiently different from the Escape, its cousin. Yet, the Corsair will raise the bar in interior design and quality

The more elegant design and refinement of the current MKC have consequences also inside the cabin: Active noise control and an acoustic windshield and front door glass create a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Ride is comfortable and “adequately different” from the Escape, its “platform cousin” thanks to the standard adaptive suspension.

One weakness of the MKC is and has been its relatively short range. Arguably as a combination of a 60-liter tank, thirsty turbo engine, (as you push the gas pedal harder for more power and torque) and AWD, the range may drop to well below 450 kilometers, lower than the average in this class. During our test, with dominantly highway drive, our average measurement was 12.5 L/100 km, with occasional drive in sport mode. Also worth noting is that the MKC requires more expensive 93 octane fuel.

Inside, leather upholstery, open-pore wood grain inserts, heated front seats, a power liftgate, and the Sync3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, are important features to note. Although we were not able to test it; the Reserve package has a Class II towing rating with 3,000 lbs. (1,361 kg) including a trailer sway control.

The rear seats offer comfort and space and nothing short of the class standards

On the exterior, we loved the 20-inch bright-machines aluminum wheels (750 dollars extra) that give a bolder look to the compact SUV. All with other options such as Technology Package: active park assist, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, forward sensing, and lane-keeping, the MSRP of our tester reaches $58,570.

Conclusion

As a smart buyer of a luxury brand, if you are interested in the MKC, expect to get a generous discount of several thousand dollars. This happens everywhere and with each brand if the new generation is about to occupy dealer lots. The good thing is you have a chance of owning a mature and well-built vehicle.

By the time we published this article, we did not know how much longer the MKC will be on sale.

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Article and Photos By Varol McKars