By Jennifer Geiger on December 17, 2013
Most people who see Lincoln's new compact crossover think that it could be a hit for the ailing luxury brand, but many also agree that it all depends on the MKC's price. Well that piece of the puzzle just fell into place. When the 2015 MKC goes on sale in the summer, it'll start at $33,995, including destination.
The brand's first premium compact crossover will be available in three trim levels: Premiere, Select and Reserve. The base price applies to the Premiere version, and its turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost powertrain. The 240-horsepower 2.0-liter is also standard on the Select ($37,225) and Reserve ($40,930) versions, but the 275-hp 2.3-liter EcoBoost is available on both as a $1,140 option. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission; front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available across the model lineup for $2,495.
Standards throughout the trim levels include remote start, a reverse sensing system with rearview camera, Sync with MyFord Touch and an 8-inch touch-screen. A new standard feature to the brand is the Approach Detection system. It senses when the driver is approaching the car and illuminates welcome mats on the ground in front of the door. It also activates the headlamps, taillamps and door handles so they glow.
Navigation and a blind spot monitoring system are available as a $1,100 option on Select models; navigation is standard on Reserve trims. Premium features like a hands-free tailgate, cooled front seats and a panoramic sunroof are also standard on the Reserve version. Safety features like adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, active park assist, a lane-keeping system and front sensing system are available on Reserve models in the $2,235 Technology Package.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer