2019 GMC Terrain vs. 2018 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

Your buying experience includes...

business_centerProfessional Staff
account_balanceSimple Financing
local_gas_stationFull Tank of Gas
local_car_washFree Car Wash


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 Terrain 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 Terrain SLT/Denali offers optional Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKC offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Terrain Denali offers an optional Surround Vision 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 Terrain and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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.

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 Terrain the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 149 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKC has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”


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

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


The Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 7 more horsepower (252 vs. 245) than the MKC’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Lincoln MKC 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.7 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

87.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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







1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/39 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/38 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

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







1.5 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

26 city/30 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy




1.5 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

24 city/28 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

21 city/26 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Regardless of its engine, the Terrain’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.


A nine-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Terrain, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKC.

Tires and Wheels

The Terrain 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 Terrain’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the MKC (107.3 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

The Terrain Denali AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKC AWD (27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Terrain w/17” wheels’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the MKC’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).


The GMC Terrain may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Lincoln MKC.

Passenger Space

The Terrain has 5.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKC (103.2 vs. 97.9).

The Terrain has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity

The Terrain has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the MKC with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 25.2 cubic feet). The Terrain has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The MKC doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.


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


The Terrain’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The MKC does not have an oil pressure gauge.

When the Terrain 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.


The GMC Terrain outsold the Lincoln MKC by over three to one during 2017.

© 1991-2018 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved.

How much is your car worth?

Get the best value for your car from an Asbury dealership.

Featured Videos