2019 Lincoln MKC vs. 2018 Ford Escape

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Lincoln MKC are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Ford Escape has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

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 Escape offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the MKC and the Escape 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, front parking sensors, 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 Lincoln MKC is safer than the Ford Escape:

 

MKC

Escape

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

177

243

Neck Injury Risk

36%

43%

Neck Stress

181 lbs.

396 lbs.

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

112 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

175/258 lbs.

233/311 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

377

2417

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

47%

47%

Neck Stress

115 lbs.

175 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 Ford Escape:

 

MKC

Escape

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

60

110

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

54 G’s

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

Warranty

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 Escape’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 Ford covers the Escape. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Escape ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the MKC first among compact premium suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Escape was rated second in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

The MKC has more powerful engines than the Escape:

 

Horsepower

Torque

MKC 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

MKC 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

285 HP

305 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

179 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Escape Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Lincoln MKC is faster than the Ford Escape:

 

MKC 2.0

MKC 2.3

Escape 4 cyl.

Escape turbo 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

6.5 sec

9.1 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

15 sec

16.9 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.4 MPH

91.1 MPH

80.9 MPH

78.6 MPH

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 Ford Escape (3 to 5). This means the MKC produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Escape every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

MKC

Escape

Escape EcoBoost

Front Rotors

13.2 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11 inches

11 inches

The MKC stops much shorter than the Escape:

 

MKC

Escape

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the MKC AWD’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Escape (255/40R20 vs. 235/55R17).

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 Escape’s standard 55 series tires. The MKC AWD’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Escape’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKC has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Escape. The MKC AWD’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Escape.

Suspension and Handling

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 Escape’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The MKC AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Escape Titanium AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The MKC AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Escape SE (26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the MKC’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Escape’s (38 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the MKC AWD is quieter than the Escape Titanium AWD (69 vs. 70 dB).

Passenger Space

The MKC has .1 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Escape.

Cargo Capacity

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

Towing

The MKC’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Escape’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The MKC uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Escape 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 Ford. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 49% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.

Ergonomics

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. An easy entry system costs extra on the Escape, and is not available on all models.

The MKC’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Escape’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens 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 Escape can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The MKC’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Escape and aren’t offered on the Escape S.

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 Escape offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The MKC has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Escape, and aren’t available on the Escape S. 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 Escape.

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 Escape doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The MKC has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium.

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