For a solid compact SUV, try the 2019 Black Label MKC

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For a solid compact SUV, try the 2019 Black Label MKC

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On the what’s new checklist for the 2019 Lincoln MKC, this luxury compact SUV has an all-new front fascia, more standard features than many of its competitors, and a super comfortable and quiet ride on the highway.

The 2019 Lincoln MKC has a new grille that matches the one seen on brand’s latest vehicles such as the Continental and Navigator. It is an improvement and gives the MKC a classier look. But the rest of the 2019 MKC is pretty much unchanged.

Certainly, the MKC is a comfortable place to be for a long drive — thanks to its quiet interior, plentiful features, and composed ride. Even more so in the Black Label I goy to drive around for a week or so — the top of the line for MKC pack.

Here’s what’s available in four trim levels:
The Base trim offers competitive technology features, while the Select trim adds more convenience features. The pricier Reserve and Black Label increase the luxury through additional standard features and exclusive interior designs.

Standard on all trims is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (245 horsepower, 275 pound-feet of torque) mated to a six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional and comes bundled with adaptive suspension dampers. Also optional for the Reserve and the Black Label is a more powerful turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine (285 hp, 305 pound-feet). Picking this engine requires getting all-wheel drive.

Standard equipment highlights on the Base MKC include 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory functions, and a 60/40-split reclining and folding back seat.

Standard technology features include the Sync 3 infotainment interface, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, Lincoln Connect with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hotspot, two USB ports, and a nine-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

The MKC Select includes auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, a power-adjustable passenger seat, a power-adjustable steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, a cargo cover, and upgraded leather upholstery. Options include a panoramic sunroof and the Select Plus package, which adds a navigation system and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.

The MKC Reserve has all those Select options plus a hands-free liftgate and ventilated front seats. Nineteen- and 20-inch wheels also are available.

The MKC Black Label adds to the Reserve equipment with 19-inch wheels, the adaptive suspension dampers, upgraded leather upholstery, extended leather interior trim, a simulated suede headliner, unique exterior and interior trim, and special color choices. The Black Label also comes with a few extra concierge-style perks.

Over all, it is not only a pleasant SUV to pilot — it is also a joy to sit in. The cushy front seats, an exceptionally plush ride, and a generally quiet cabin add up to a satisfyingly comfortable experience. Also, the turbo engine is never intrusive, and only moderate wind noise is perceptible at highway speeds.

My MKC had a base fee of $49,600, but with optional items such as the 23L Turbocharged engine, 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels, MKC Technology Package, and the THX II branded audio system, the total price was $55,385 (excluding destination and delivery fees).

Fuel economy came in at 18 MPG city and 25 highway.

Grant Miller is the publisher of Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or via email at Grant@CommunityNewspapers.com.


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