2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

Both the CR-V and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

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

 

CR-V

MKC

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

36%

Leg Forces (l/r)

58/91 lbs.

175/258 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

283

377

Neck Injury Risk

29%

47%

Neck Compression

111 lbs.

152 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

183/200 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 Honda CR-V is safer than the Lincoln MKC:

 

CR-V

MKC

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

354 lbs.

404 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

338

Hip Force

609 lbs.

778 lbs.

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, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKC has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 23 percent more Honda dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CR-V’s reliability 27 points higher than the MKC.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 5 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the CR-V 1.5T is faster than the Lincoln MKC 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

CR-V

MKC

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

87.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the MKC:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 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

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V 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.

Transmission

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The MKC doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops shorter than the MKC:

 

CR-V

MKC

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the MKC.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the CR-V’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the MKC’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the Lincoln MKC.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the MKC AWD (40 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKC (105.9 vs. 97.9).

The CR-V has .5 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V 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 CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

The CR-V’s cargo area is larger than the MKC’s in every dimension:

 

CR-V

MKC

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

34.4”/67”

Max Width

54”

47.6”

Min Width

41.5”

40.3”

Height

41”

32”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The MKC doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The CR-V has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The MKC doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CR-V’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the MKC’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the CR-V owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CR-V will cost $515 less than the MKC over a five-year period.

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 48.39% to 49.83% 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 CR-V is less expensive to operate than the MKC because it costs $351 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the MKC, including $288 less for a water pump, $392 less for a muffler, $53 less for front brake pads, $564 less for a timing belt/chain and $648 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $8698 to $8819 less than for the Lincoln MKC.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

MKC

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The MKC isn’t in the top three in its category.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The MKC has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The MKC has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Lincoln MKC by over 14 to one during the 2018 model year.

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