2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CX-3 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The MKC doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Smart City Brake Support optional in the CX-3 as “Superior.” The MKC scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

Both the CX-3 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

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 CX-3 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.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Lincoln is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-3 gets better fuel mileage than the MKC:

 

 

 

MPG

CX-3

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/32 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 Mazda CX-3 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.

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-3 stops shorter than the MKC:

 

CX-3

MKC

 

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The CX-3 Grand Touring AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the CX-3’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the MKC’s (34.8 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda CX-3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1000 to 1100 pounds less than the Lincoln MKC.

The CX-3 is 10.9 inches shorter than the MKC, making the CX-3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CX-3 Touring AWD is quieter than the MKC AWD (39 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the CX-3 is .8 inches lower than the MKC (16” vs. 16.8”). The CX-3’s rear step up height is 1.5 inches lower than the MKC’s (16” vs. 17.5”).

Ergonomics

The CX-3 Grand Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The MKC doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-3 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 CX-3’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the MKC’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-3 Grand Touring has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The MKC doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the CX-3 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CX-3 will cost $335 less than the MKC over a five-year period.

The CX-3 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CX-3 will retain 45.65% to 46.16% 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 CX-3 is less expensive to operate than the MKC because it costs $81 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-3 than the MKC, including $298 less for a water pump, $397 less for a muffler, $21 less for front brake pads, $64 less for a fuel pump, $563 less for a timing belt/chain and $684 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mazda CX-3 will be $10277 to $11682 less than for the Lincoln MKC.

Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Mazda CX-3, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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