First impressions are everything. That's why it was so important that Ford's luxury division put its best foot forward when introducing the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC. First introduced as a concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show and then launched earlier this year, the MKC is already helping Lincoln start anew. 

Climb in to the MKC and you'll be greeted with soft, comfortable leather seats, a digital and customizable instrument cluster, and a center console that's easily within reach. Then there's the real wood trim which adds a touch of elegance. Sitting in the driver's seat, you'll notice the all-new leather-wrapped steering wheel (which will be available on other future Lincoln models) that features a button lay-out that's easy to learn. This new steering wheel telegraphs the MKC's crisp handling which was a pleasant surprise to the staffers who drove it.  A downside to the sharp handling was that it makes the lane departure warning system feel a bit aggressive when guiding you back into your lane but overall the system works as designed. 

Refinement inside and out

A THX II sound system provides rich audio and SYNC with MyFord Touch was the best iteration of the infotainment system we've seen yet. Syncing a smartphone can be done almost as quickly as it takes to buckle your seat belt and put the MKC in gear. Speaking of which, the MKC features Lincoln's unique placement of its push-button gear selector that flanks the left side of the center console. While acting as a space saver, that and the push-button start, can be a little disorienting at first to those used to more conventional setups. On the other hand, the 8-inch touchscreen that houses MyFord Touch is easy to read and the maps update street names in real time while driving. 

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Power comes from an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine rated at 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. This new EcoBoost engine is the latest in a line of turbocharged engines to come from the Blue Oval and impresses. Like the 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engine offered in the 2015 Ford F-150, the 2.3-liter is punchy and has more than enough power to get around slower traffic. Available all-wheel drive helps with cornering when getting on or off the highway, too. 

The 2015 MKC gives Lincoln direction in a time where the automaker needs it most. With the refinement of MyFord Touch and an opulent interior, there's much to like. In fact, as it currently stands, the 2015 MKC is the model to get in Lincoln's lineup. 

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