2019 GMC Terrain vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

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 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKC has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Warranty

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

GMC pays for scheduled maintenance on the Terrain 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 Terrain’s warranty.

Engine

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.:

 

Terrain

MKC

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 with its standard engine:

 

 

Terrain

MKC

 

FWD

Auto

28 city/39 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

 

AWD

Auto

28 city/38 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

 

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

 

 

Terrain

MKC

 

2WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/30 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/28 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/28 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

21 city/26 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

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.

Transmission

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).

Chassis

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.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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.

Recommendations

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

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