2019 GMC Acadia vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Acadia Denali’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The MKC doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Acadia are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The MKC doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Acadia has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The MKC doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Automatic Braking optional in the Acadia as “Superior.” The MKC scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

The Acadia Denali offers an optional Surround Vision System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKC only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Acadia and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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

 

Acadia

MKC

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

138

177

Neck Injury Risk

22%

36%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

181 lbs.

Neck Compression

16 lbs.

50 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

37%

47%

Leg Forces (l/r)

10/95 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 GMC Acadia is safer than the Lincoln MKC:

 

Acadia

MKC

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

253 lbs.

404 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

263

338

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

43 G’s

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Acadia the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKC has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Warranty

The Acadia’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the MKC’s (6 vs. 5 years).

GMC pays for scheduled maintenance on the Acadia for 2 years and 24,000 miles. GMC will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the MKC.

There are over 2 times as many GMC dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Acadia’s warranty.

Engine

The Acadia’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 25 more horsepower (310 vs. 285) than the MKC’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the GMC Acadia V6 is faster than the Lincoln MKC 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Acadia

MKC

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.2 sec

18.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.4 sec

7.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.3 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

92 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

130 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Acadia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The MKC with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Acadia FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKC (19.4 vs. 15.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Acadia AWD’s standard fuel tank has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKC (21.7 vs. 15.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

The Acadia’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.

Tires and Wheels

The GMC Acadia’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Lincoln MKC only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Acadia has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The MKC doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Acadia’s wheelbase is 6.6 inches longer than on the MKC (112.5 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Acadia is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than on the MKC.

The Acadia Denali AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Acadia SLT AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the MKC AWD (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Acadia Denali AWD is quieter than the MKC AWD (41 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space

The Acadia has standard seating for 7 passengers; the MKC can only carry 5.

The Acadia has 45.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKC (143.8 vs. 97.9).

The Acadia has .7 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, 3.4 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom, .5 inches more rear hip room and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity

The Acadia’s cargo area provides more volume than the MKC.

 

Acadia

MKC

Third Seat Folded

41.7 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

25.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79 cubic feet

53.1 cubic feet

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

 

Acadia

MKC

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

18.5”/48”/83”

n.a./34.4”/67”

Max Width

50”

47.6”

Min Width

42.5”

40.3”

Height

33”

32”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Acadia’s second row 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 Acadia offers up to a 4000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

When the Acadia with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The MKC’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Acadia is less expensive to operate than the MKC because typical repairs cost less on the Acadia than the MKC, including $79 less for a water pump, $182 less for a muffler, $2 less for front struts and $116 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The GMC Acadia outsold the Lincoln MKC by over three to one during 2018.

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