2019 Ford Edge vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Edge have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Lincoln MKC doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Edge has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The MKC doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Edge and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and front and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Lincoln MKC:

Edge

MKC

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

96

177

Neck Injury Risk

27%

36%

Neck Compression

23 lbs.

50 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

209

377

Neck Injury Risk

32%

47%

Neck Compression

83 lbs.

152 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

121/25 lbs.

667/277 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Lincoln MKC:

Edge

MKC

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

281 lbs.

404 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

338

Hip Force

647 lbs.

778 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked fifth.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 2 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (250 vs. 245) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 275) than the MKC’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 50 more horsepower (335 vs. 285) and 75 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 305) than the MKC’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Edge 2.0 Turbo is faster than the Lincoln MKC 2.3 Turbo:

Edge

MKC

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

7.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.8 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

87.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the MKC:

MPG

Edge

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

2.7 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

MKC

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

19 city/25 hwy

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

18 city/25 hwy

Regardless of its engine, the Edge’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lincoln only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the MKC 2.0 Turbo.

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKC (18.4 vs. 15.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKC (18.5 vs. 15.7 gallons).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Edge, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKC.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Edge AWD’s brake rotors are larger than those on the MKC:

Edge AWD

Edge ST

MKC

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.6 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

The Edge ST’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the MKC are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops much shorter than the MKC:

Edge

MKC

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the MKC (245/60R18 vs. 235/50R18). The Edge ST’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the MKC (265/40R21 vs. 255/40R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge ST offers optional 21-inch wheels. The MKC’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the MKC (112.2 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the MKC.

The Edge ST handles at .88 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge ST executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the MKC AWD (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the MKC AWD:

Edge

MKC

At idle

37 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

68 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The Edge has 16 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKC (113.9 vs. 97.9).

The Edge has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, 4.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom, 4.7 inches more rear hip room and 5.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity

The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the MKC with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 25.2 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the MKC’s in every dimension:

Edge

MKC

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.7”/74.8”

34.4”/67”

Max Width

63.3”

47.6”

Min Width

45.3”

40.3”

Height

34.5”

32”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The MKC doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln MKC is limited to 3000 pounds. The Edge offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Edge’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The MKC’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Consumer Reports rated the Edge’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the MKC’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Edge Titanium/ST offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The MKC doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $465 less than the MKC over a five-year period.

The Edge will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Edge will retain 45.68% to 49.43% of its original price after five years, while the MKC only retains 45.06% to 45.58%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the MKC because typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the MKC, including $256 less for a water pump, $68 less for a starter and $354 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $91 to $1870 less than for the Lincoln MKC.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Edge, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln MKC isn't recommended.

The Ford Edge outsold the Lincoln MKC by over five to one during 2018.

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