Lincoln arrived late to the fashionable, crowded compact luxury SUV party with the MKC. Basing it on the accomplished Ford Escape should be a great place to start, but weighing down the package with too much jewelry hid the car's natural talent. In contrast to the Escape's composure, the Lincoln bobs around too much on the road; the ride never settles down.
Alerts
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

Lincoln arrived late to the fashionable, crowded compact luxury SUV party with the MKC. Basing it on the accomplished Ford Escape should be a great place to start, but weighing down the package with too much jewelry hid the car's natural talent.

In contrast to the Escape's composure, the Lincoln bobs around too much on the road; the ride never settles down. Three optional adjustable suspension modes enable the driver to dial in the desired dynamic personality, adjusting for comfort and agility, but none of the selections strikes the right balance. Handling is ultimately secure, but not as agile as other small luxury SUVs. The Lincoln feels larger in corners than it really is -- the opposite of what you want.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 2.3-liter 4 turbo (285 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Lincoln MKC owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The parking sensors were faulty. I had to have a major module replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The camera has intermittent connectivity issues, usually in rainy or damp weather."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The camera never works in the morning. It does work some other times of the day."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen difficult to see

"A lot of wasted space on display screen. They should make type bigger so it is easier to see at a glance. This is dangerous"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve)
Display screen freezes up

"Screen would glitz up, but only when the back-up camera was engaged. An extended warranty I bought with the car covered all but $100 of the work required."

Anonymous, OR (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"While driving, entire sync system shut down; restarted by itself a couple minutes later. Problem ultimately identified as the music system trying to play a file with more than one dot in its name: e.g. 01. Classical Gas.mp3 Since only one of the d"

M T., FL (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"for files on a usb stick, no way to play mp3 files in the correct order. it sorts alphabetically by the title tag embedded in the mp3 instead of either filename or mp3 track # tag"

M T., FL (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Cannot type in anything while car is in motion. This includes the passenger. Stupid. Previous Acura was not like this. Voice commands are sometimes not accurate so have to pull off road and put car in PARK in order for pass. to type in an address"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve)

"When the car was delivered, the GPS marker was at least 2 blocks offset from the actual location. It took two trips to the dealer to correct"

Anonymous, BC (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Does not recognize a valid address for navigation help"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Sirius radio cuts out from time to time ..think it's an issue with the antena could be the Lincoln or Sirius"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sirrius radio cuts in and out. Design Problem, known by FMC, Fix not yet deployed"

Anthony P., NY (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Satellite radio cuts out for no reason. It goes off repeatedly even when there are no obstructions. i.e. buildings, trees, etc"

Michael A., FL (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Xm signal loss"

Christine D., CA (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Amplifier went out on radio"

Anonymous, LA (2015 Lincoln MKC 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

"Rear speaker had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The front speakers do not work a majority of the time. This means I cannot hear a phone call, the backup warning alarms cannot be heard, it's very annoying. Have tried resetting the entire system twice with not fix. Deleted the phone several times, no result."

Anonymous, (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace speaker"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"The Steering Command Module had to be replaced under warranty. The failure caused a problem with turn signals and lane warning becoming disabled"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"Speaking slowly and clearly- the system does not recognize the command"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Distortion in the voice recognition, therefore it often does not work"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This is terrible. I understand that new Lincolns use a free program called WAZE installed. I use WAZE on my phone because 2015 is not adaptable."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lincoln MKC Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Wiring problem. Fixed in 20 minutes"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The save selection works for height of the seat and incline of the seat but it has to be frequently reset for the location more forward or back of the seat - ie leg room. Sometimes the seat is too close to the pedals but at other times too far away and I have to reset it"

Anonymous, NV (2015 Lincoln MKC Select 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"blind spot sensor would come on when there wasn't anyone there"

Steve H., AB (2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Gauges

"Steering column went out under 100 miles. It effected directional signal, wipers and other controld"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Corrosion of connection : led strip lights front didn't work."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"The drivers seat takes Avery.ong time to heat- 20 minutes while the steering wheel heats in just a few minutes"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The seats would go to warm when cool was pushed. This began a cascade of events that resulted in 4 new batteries and 8 weeks at the dealership for multiple electronic problems that they could not fix for many weeks."

Allen M., OH (2015 Lincoln MKC Select 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The drivers heated seat stopped heating, the heated back section was defected, which keep the seat part from heated."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Lincoln MKC Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Interior lights

"The interior/exterior lights would go on and off after car was vacated and locked. I think they called them sentinel or twilight system"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Lincoln MKC)
Keyless entry

"Didn't work after rain"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"False low pressure warning in cold temperatures"

Scott S., IL (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"Check engine idiot light goes on every few months. Dealer could never find anything wrong. I will never buy this car again"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Lincoln MKC Select)
Wiper motor or washer

"wipers didn't work properly when the car was delivered"

Debbie V., SC (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Bad seal on moon roof. dealership replaced"

Jimmy I., OK (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was standing water under the passenger seat from a missing plug in the floor of the car"

Heidi S., FL (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Appears that water got into the car this spring leaving a mildew odor in the car. Had the cabin filter replaced and the interior cleaned. I currently have an appointment to check out the vehicle that is still on warranty."

Leo M., MA (2015 Lincoln MKC Select 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"door on passenger side leaks air particularly cross winds"

Allan M., KY (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A/C was missing a condensation tube allowing water into the interior"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"wind noise through sunroof"

Joshua L., IN (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"right side front door leaks air- noisy"

Allan M., KY (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It is difficult to carry on a conversation because of road noise. I haven't tried to have it fixed. The car is 5 years old, and I can't expect perfection."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lincoln MKC Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"popping noise from right rear shock.....Dealership finally relented and let us trade in for another MKC"

Randy T., TX (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both rear shocks had leaking and stopped working Also the cars battery went dead and had to be replaced, not even 4 years old!"

Paul N., IL (2015 Lincoln MKC 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both rear shocks where leaking and defective and were replaced."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Lincoln MKC Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"failure of the part"

Anonymous, MN (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Leak repaired under warranty"

Paul B., MI (2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Developed a leaking oil Pan"

Gerard F., MI (2015 Lincoln MKC Select 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leaked oil around the turbo; dealership where purchased never fixed the problem, finally fixed at another dealership."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"The transmission had to be replaced. There was a problem with it while it was still under warranty at <50000 miles. That was fixed, but the transmission died completely at 80000 miles -- no longer under warranty."

Robert C., MD (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"At 2000 km a disturbing noise started from front end. it was a defective driveshaft. Currently waiting over 10 days for the part to come in"

Paul L., ON (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Traction control

"I should have gotten AWD; for a fast pick-up, front wheels skid"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Lincoln MKC)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Wouldn't start needed a computer update"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"On 4th battery now"

Gerard F., MI (2015 Lincoln MKC Select 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Feb and March of 2020 the car would not start. I would take it to the dealer and they could not find the problem. It is working now."

Anonymous, (2015 Lincoln MKC Unsure Unsure)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"See previous note."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"Lincoln dealer told me there is definitely a shifting problem, but there is no fix for the problem. They told me Ford is aware of the issue and is working on a fix"

Michael A., FL (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"It was the 3rd time that it has needed to be repaired. Luckily still under warranty but how long before the next time"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"Fuel pump failed in mid 2016 requiring a week at the dealer and then failed again in early 2017 with another week to repair"

Barry L., BC (2015 Lincoln MKC Select 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Fuel oxygen mixing valve was replaced"

Mark F., OH (2015 Lincoln MKC Select 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Air conditioner seemed to stall and not blow air after driving about 50 miles. I would have to reset by turning the ignition on and off"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Front seats did not heat at all and now do so poorly after a day at the Lincoln dealer"

Anonymous, BC (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Hatch refused to close properly and then subsequently would not either open or close . Only happened occasionally. Dealer tried to repair and eventually replaced motor but problem still occurs on occasion"

Barry L., BC (2015 Lincoln MKC Select 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Windows

"Would not work below -5 deg celc"

Steve H., AB (2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"tray in console would not close when the car was delivered"

Christopher D., CT (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Headliner did not fit properly. Had to bring it in more than once"

Anonymous, LA (2015 Lincoln MKC 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"System was crashing when a SD card was inserted. Realized that 64 Gigbit card completely overwhelmed the software/hard ware in the system"

Gerard F., MI (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Adaptive cruise control went off-line and would not resume during 2000 mile road trip during heavy rainstorm. Dealer later advised that a front sensor needed realignment and cleaning."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"had new back brakes when we purchased at 8500 miles. is currently in the shop with 20000 getting new back brakes"

Nancy H., OH (2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Shifting erratic between 3 and 4 th, dealer had to completely rebuild transmission and flush out the transmission lines and cooler. Fortunately it was covered under warranty."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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