2019 Lincoln MKC Black Label AWD new car reviews

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It’s hard to think of anything or one else when you see a Lincoln but Matthew McConaughey. And much like the actor, we could argue that the face of the Lincoln MKC has gotten better with age.

From Lincoln: “The 2019 Lincoln MKC exemplifies the refined new face of Lincoln. The signature grille evokes a sense of confidence, and beautifully detailed LED headlamps illuminate the road with crisp lighting designed to minimize eyestrain. A new rear design features attractive chrome highlights that enhance the appearance from all angles.” So, in other words, Matthew McConaughey.

Our MKC tester was a full-tilt Black Label with the Modern Heritage interior. Base price for an MKC starts at $33,995, while ours came in at $56,310.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Looks good and comfy inside. My big gripe, though? Totally dead steering. Like, here’s a cold fish dead. That right there pretty much killed it for me. Also, not a fan of the shifter buttons on the steering wheel.

J.G. Pasterjak JG Pasterjak
Production/Art Director

Let’s be honest here: the Lincoln MK C is a $55,000 fancied up Ford Escape. But, darn it, the thing kind of works for me. While the Escape feels like a budget-friendly utilitarian machine, the MK C uses a combination of textures, materials and features to actually reproduce a fairly premium driving experience with the same pedestrian chassis. In some ways it’s an answer to a question no one asked, but kudos to Lincoln for pulling this off. The MK C (and, naturally, the Escape, just with less style) does a really good job at everything a small crossover should do. There’s plenty of cargo room, with nearly 100% of it being easily accessible without reaching, crawling or stretching. Ingress and egress are simple and comfortable, which is something that every crossover should nail, but few actually do. And the controls—with one exception—are well laid out and easy to use. The starter button hides in plain sight among a row of other buttons, however. I know that’s easily fileable under “Auto Journalist problems®” and someone who owned the car would quickly get used to it, but it just seems odd and needlessly buried. I don’t know who exactly is going to buy this car, though. I’m not sure where the actual nexus of small crossover buyers and luxury car buyers who want to spend nearly $60k on a jazzed up Escape exists. But this is a well-executed machine for the small number of people who actually want one.

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