The 2017 Lincoln MKC and the Ford Escape are two of the most impressive compact crossover SUVs on the road today. Both deliver family-friendly passenger space, high-tech safety gear, and a smooth, refined ride. If you're wondering which model best suits your unique style, check out our four-category evaluation.
2017 Lincoln MKC vs Ford Escape
The 2017 Lincoln MKC scores points in our book for incredible interior refinement. Features like heated seats and rich leather upholstery put a new spin on interior luxury. If you live in a hot climate, you'll love the seat ventilation technology, which cools you down in no time.
Still, the Ford Escape offers its own upscale features, even if it doesn't come standard with a lot of these items. As in the MKC, the Escape cabin provides family-friendly passenger space for up to five people. Fold down the rear seats to create 68 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Ford Escape's base engine isn't quite as powerful as that of the MKC, giving it an edge in this category. On the road, it earns up to 21 city/29 highway mpg. Properly equipped, the Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds, making it a great pick for your next outdoor adventure.
Still, the MKC surges ahead in terms of power and performance. Its turbocharged engine combines ample speed with impressive fuel economy, earning up to 21 city/28 highway mpg. If you crave maximum traction, test-drive the all-wheel-drive system.
Here the 2017 Lincoln MKC is our overall pick. All models come with the central Sync 3 infotainment system, which provides generous smartphone integration features and real-time traffic and weather apps. This year, the MKC introduces Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it easier than ever to send voice-by-text messages and the like.
When you choose the Ford Escape, you have to pay extra for the Sync 3 infotainment system. However, it also aims to keep you connected with features like the 8-inch LCD central touchscreen and convenient voice controls. You can actually schedule specific times to active the remote start feature, so your Escape is ready to go when you are.
Here the Lincoln MKC is our first choice. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the MKC its top score of "Good." High-tech gear, like the lane departure intervention system, actively helps you avoid danger. If necessary, the forward collision mitigation system can automatically apply the brakes to keep you safe.
The Ford Escape is a close second. It warns you about vehicles in your blind spot, so you can change lanes as safely as possible. The automated parking system makes parallel parking a snap.
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Both crossovers are big on modern safety and tech gear, but the 2017 Lincoln MKC has the overall edge. Inside, the cabin speaks to your desire for the finer things, with rich leather upholstery and stunning style. High-tech safety features help you maintain complete authority on the highway. Infotainment gear keeps you connected to the world at large. On the road, the MKC is superbly powerful. Take the MKC on a test drive today!