Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Road-tripping In Luxury: 2017 Lincoln MKC

I was overcome with a feeling of deja-vu when I recently got behind the wheel of the 2017 Lincoln MKC. And that’s not a bad thing, in fact, it was a great feeling! A feeling of familiarity and satisfaction. I mean, what did Lincoln need to change about the 2016 model anyway? They got it right the first time.

So here’s what’s new: standard power liftgate, standard start-stop on the front-wheel-drive, 2.0-liter EcoBoost, optional stop-start on the all-wheel-drive model, standard “auto hold”, Sync 3 with AppleCar Play and Android Auto. I always test drive the fully-loaded models, so I really didn’t notice a difference between the 2016 and 2017 - just more of what I liked the first go around including the cool setting for the front seats, heated front and back seats, parallel park assist, back-up camera and 2 USB ports.

I put the 2.3 litre EcoBoost engine to the test by taking it on a 2.5 hour summer day road trip from Toronto to Port Stanley. Haven’t been? Go! But that’s a story for another blog, let’s stay focused on the MKC. A tank of gas will get you there and back with a quarter to spare. It checks in at a healthy 285 horsepower. You really have to watch your speed, it accelerates quickly and smoothly. I love this feature - it displays the posted speed limit next to the speedometer - to keep you in check. Pair your phone with the vehicle’s SYNC system - texting and calling hands-free, problem-free. The navigation system is great even off-the-beaten path. Open up the over-sized moon roof and let the sun shine in! Everything about the Lincoln MKC is luxurious - except when it’s time to fill up, it takes regular. #winning

Starting at just under $40,000, competing in the same class as the BMW X1, Audi Q5 and Cadillac XT5 - you can’t go wrong with this CUV. It looks classy, drives smooth, has great pick-up and all the luxuries of home at your finger tips. I’m also a huge fan of the ‘Lincoln Drive Control’ - the park, drive, neutral, and start push buttons are perfectly aligned on the left side of the navigation system. Slick and organized. What’s not to love about this vehicle?!

Amanda Risser
Luxury, new car blogger

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