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  • 2016 Lincoln MKC 5:19

​2016 Lincoln MKC

​The MKC is a good-looking crossover, proudly flaunting Lincoln's signature split-wing grille, crisp lines and sculpted exterior, and stylish accents of chrome and LED artistry. It’s offered in sharp colors including Black Velvet and Midnight Sapphire Metallic, and if you really want to turn heads, premium paints include the sophisticated Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat and the presidential-looking White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat. It’s a mouthful, but worth every penny.

Step inside the MKC, and you know you’re in Lincoln territory. Its interior is smart and stylish, a tasteful blend of aluminum or genuine wood trim, soft-touch materials and simple curves and lines.

A rearview camera and remote starter are conveniences that I really appreciate. And an impressive SYNC 3 infotainment center showcases a vivid eight-inch color touchscreen that lets you control everything from navigation to climate control to the sound … all with voice commands.

Even more impressive … the interior noise. Or lack thereof. Those same techno-loving Lincoln engineers apparently detest road noise, so they added features like felted wheel wells, wind-carving side mirrors and specially laminated glass to keep outside sound from coming inside. Shhhh …

Under the hood, the MKC is powered by either the entry-level 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower, or an upgraded 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. The bigger engine rockets from zero to sixty in 6.6 seconds.

Fuel economy for the MKC is pretty solid, running at 20/29 mpg city/highway for the front wheel drive, 2.0-liter version and 18/26 mpg for the all-wheel drive 2.3-liter drivetrain.

And you know Lincoln when all out with the safety features, including standard dual-front, front-side and full-length side curtain airbags, as well as a driver's knee airbag and traction and stability control systems. Plus optional collision warning and avoidance systems with brake support as well as a blind-spot system with cross-traffic alert. Yea, you’re going to feel real safe driving this compact crossover.

Price as tested: $49,265

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