2019 Lincoln MKC vs. 2018 Chevrolet Trax

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The MKC Reserve/Black Label offers optional Auto Emergency 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 Trax has a collision warning system without the crash-mitigating brake feature that could reduce stopping distances.

The MKC has standard parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Trax doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The MKC Reserve’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Trax doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the MKC and the Trax have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Lincoln MKC weighs 603 to 1261 pounds more than the Chevrolet Trax. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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







5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Stress

181 lbs.

298 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

175/258 lbs.

363/313 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 Lincoln MKC is safer than the Chevrolet Trax:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

.5 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

102 G’s

120 G’s

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


The MKC comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Trax’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKC 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Trax. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Trax ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The MKC’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Trax’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).


The MKC has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Trax doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the MKC first among compact premium suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Trax isn’t in the top three in its category.


The MKC’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 107 more horsepower (245 vs. 138) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The MKC’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 147 more horsepower (285 vs. 138) and 157 lbs.-ft. more torque (305 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Lincoln MKC is faster than the Chevrolet Trax:


MKC 2.0

MKC 2.3


Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

6.5 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

15 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.4 MPH

91.1 MPH

78.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the MKC 2.0 Turbo’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Trax doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The MKC has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Trax (15.7 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The MKC has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Trax doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Lincoln MKC higher (5 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Trax (3). This means the MKC produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Trax every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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




Front Rotors

13.2 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

9” drums

Opt Rear Rotors

10.6 inches

The Lincoln MKC has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Trax. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The MKC stops shorter than the Trax:





70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the MKC has larger standard tires than the Trax (235/50R18 vs. 205/70R16). The MKC AWD’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Trax (255/40R20 vs. 215/55R18).

The MKC’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Trax’s standard 70 series tires. The MKC AWD’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Trax’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKC has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Trax. The MKC AWD’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Trax.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Lincoln MKC has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Trax has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The MKC has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the MKC flat and controlled during cornering. The Trax’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The MKC offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Trax’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The MKC’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Trax doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the MKC’s wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than on the Trax (105.9 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the MKC is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Trax.

The MKC’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57% to 43%) than the Trax’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the MKC more stable handling and braking.

The MKC AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Trax LT AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The MKC AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Trax LT AWD (26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .56 average G’s).


The front grille of the MKC uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Trax doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The MKC uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Trax doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

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





73 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

The MKC has 5.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Trax (97.9 vs. 92.8).

The MKC has 2 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear legroom, 2.1 inches more rear hip room and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trax.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the MKC’s rear seats recline. The Trax’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The MKC has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Trax with its rear seat up (25.2 vs. 18.7 cubic feet). The MKC has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Trax with its rear seat folded (53.1 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the MKC easier. The MKC’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the Trax’s liftover is 28.8 inches.

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




Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the MKC. The Trax doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the MKC has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the MKC Reserve/Black Label, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Trax doesn’t offer a power liftgate.


The MKC has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Trax has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The MKC uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Trax uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 11% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 10th.


When two different drivers share the MKC, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Trax doesn’t offer a memory system.

The MKC’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Trax doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The MKC’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Trax’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the MKC the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Trax can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKC’s exterior PIN entry system. The Trax doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The MKC’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Trax’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The MKC’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the MKC (except Premiere) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the MKC has standard extendable sun visors. The Trax doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The MKC’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet only offers heated mirrors on the Trax LT/Premier.

The MKC Select/Reserve/Black Label has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Trax offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The MKC has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Trax Premier. The MKC also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Trax.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the MKC Reserve/Black Label keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Trax doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the MKC’s optional (except Premiere) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Trax doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The MKC’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Trax doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The MKC’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the MKC and the Trax offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the MKC has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Trax doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the MKC Reserve/Black Label offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Trax doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The MKC (except Premiere)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Trax’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With standard voice command, the MKC offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Trax doesn’t offer a voice control system.

The MKC Reserve/Black Label’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Trax doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

The MKC will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the MKC will retain 43.48% to 44.66% of its original price after five years, while the Trax only retains 39.6% to 42.5%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the MKC is less expensive to operate than the Trax because typical repairs cost less on the MKC than the Trax, including $67 less for a starter, $167 less for a fuel pump, $41 less for front struts and $50 less for a timing belt/chain.

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