The 2016 Lincoln MKC offers a solid, quiet ride

The 2016 Lincoln MKC offers a solid, quiet rideFor 2016, Lincoln made a few upgrades to the MKC, which, subsequently created a more unique compact luxury SUV.

In previous years, car critics noted that the Lincoln MKC borrowed a lot from its parent company, Ford. However, this model year brings several subtle changes that make the MKC more than a dressed-up Ford crossover.

Where the MKC has really broken away from its “Ford-like” feel is in its elegant interior and its wide array of standard features including Lincoln’s new Sync 3 touchscreen interface. Inside, as well as out, the 2016 MKC is decidedly sleek and modern. It’s exterior boasts a swooping headline and angular curves that attract the eye.

Inside, fine features such as inlay wood accents and a high-grade faux leather upholstery give the MKC a luxurious feel. Features on the base Premiere trim include, but are not limited to: rear parking sensors, rear privacy glass, keyless entry and ignition, driver memory settings, 60/40-split folding rear seats that can also recline, rearview camera, nine-speaker audio system and voice controls.

The MKC also offers three other packages — The Select, Reserve, and Black Label. Depending on which you select, the packages add various features such as a power liftgate, rear cross-traffic alert system or upgraded leather upholstery.

Other than packages and features to choose from, the 2016 MKC also offers two turbocharged four-cylinder engine options. A 2.0-liter engine with 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque is standard.

However, you can opt in for a 2.3-liter engine, if you’re looking for more power. The 2.3-liter engine produces 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. The standard engine has a estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg city/29 highway while the 2.3-liter engine has 18 city/26 highway- fairly average amongst the crossover lineup.

As far as its performance, the MKC is a very solid and quiet ride. Its standard Front-wheel Torque vectoring has improved handling, making you feel confident and totally in control behind the wheel. Additionally, the MKC has scored high marks in safety ratings. In government testing, it received an overall score of four out of five stars and five stars for frontal impact. The MKC has also earned a top score from the Insurance Institute for Highway safety.

Another great feature of the MKC is the lack of cabin noise. Lincoln went through great lengths to provide an exceptionally quiet ride. Lincoln fitted the MKC with noise canceling features such as sound-reducing glass and employed special materials throughout the MKC to insulate against noise.

The 2016 MKC is a bona fide luxury sedan. Its interior is elegant and modern with attractive details such as wood inlay and the new Sync 3 touchscreen interface. In previous model years, the MKC lacked features that would justify the price tag — car critics stated Lincoln borrowed too much from Ford. This year, Lincoln provides a plethora of features that come standard. Lincoln also has improved the MKC’s performance, making it more stable and confident on the road while being almost completely silent in the cabin.

The 2016 Lincoln MKC’s MSRP starts at $33,260.

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