The MKC includes luxury and high-tech features, but this Ford Escape-based vehicle falls short of the class leaders.
Power is strong, particularly from the 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder, but it returned just 19-mpg overall in our tests.
Combined with the small gas tank, that results in a short cruising range.
A fussy push-button shifter controls the six-speed automatic.
None of the adaptive suspension modes make for a truly comfortable ride.
Handling is secure, but agility trails its German rivals.
A quiet cabin, plush trim, easy access, and decent rear-seat room enhance livability, but rear visibility is limited.