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2018 Lincoln MKC KBB Expert Review

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By Scott Oldham -- Contributing Editor

The 2018 Lincoln MKC is the luxury brand’s smallest and least expensive SUV. Exquisitely detailed, luxuriously appointed and powered by a choice of turbocharged engines, the compact SUV packs big comfort, features and performance in a small package. All-wheel drive is available and the Lincoln MKC offers a long list of in-cabin convenience and safety technology, including Apple CarPlay connectivity and Active Park Assist, which will practically parallel-park the SUV for you. Offered in four trim levels, Premiere, Select, Reserve and Black Label, the new 2018 Lincoln MKC exudes a youthful and cool vibe, something that has eluded Lincolns of late and is a welcome change. It competes with the Lexus NX, Audi Q3, Acura RDX and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Prices start just over $34,000.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a luxurious-compact SUV with elegant American style and powerful turbocharged engines, you’ll like the new 2018 Lincoln MKC. Buyers also appreciate the MKC’s spaciousness and its refined interior, which features the very latest in-cabin connectivity and unique features like a push-button shifter.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Lincoln doesn’t offer a hybrid version of the MKC. If you’re looking for a hybrid in this class, check out the Lexus NX hybrid, which gets significantly better fuel mileage than the Lincoln. Some may also prefer the less traditional exterior design of the Lexus. Volvo also offers a plug-in hybrid version of its new XC60 with 400 horsepower.

What's New for 2018

For 2018 every Lincoln MKC gets onboard 4G Wi-Fi hotspot standard. Also, the Lincoln Way app adds remote features, including smartphone-integrated technology, remote start, remote lock/unlock and scheduled remote start. New exterior colors include Iced Mocha Metallic, which sounds delicious.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The 2018 Lincoln MKC is a compact-luxury-crossover SUV that exudes a feeling of solidity, confidence and safety. Lincoln gave the new MKC a wide track and a low center of gravity, which greatly improve this compact SUV’s ability to corner and maneuver like a small sports sedan. Power from the standard turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is smooth, and acceleration is more than enough for most buyers. Its 6-speed automatic has fewer gears than many in the class, but it’s well-tuned and a good match for the 245-horsepower engine. Front-wheel-drive versions benefit from Lincoln’s Torque Vectoring Control system that helps improve grip on any road surface. But, for the driving enthusiast, Lincoln’s Continuously Controlled Damping system is a must-have. The system’s Comfort setting is a bit too soft for our taste, but we very much approve of the Sport and Normal modes, noting that the Sport mode’s ride is quite firm.

Favorite Features

Lincoln understands that luxury is more than soft leather and a smooth ride. It’s also saving you time and inconvenience. And that’s why every 2018 Lincoln, including the new MKC, comes with complimentary vehicle pickup and delivery for all service and maintenance. A loaner car is also part of the deal.

This optional system takes all the stress out of parallel-parking the new Lincoln MKC. With the push of a button its sensors will locate a parking spot and steer the SUV into and then later out of the space while you control the accelerator, brakes and gear selection.

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