2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CX-5 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-5 as “Superior.” The MKC scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

Both the CX-5 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, its standard front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 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

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 CX-5’s reliability 41 points higher than the MKC.

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.

Engine

The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 305) than the MKC’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-5 gets better fuel mileage than the MKC:

 

 

CX-5

MKC

 

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.5 Turbo/Auto

22 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-5 non-turbo’s fuel efficiency. The MKC doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mazda CX-5 higher (7 out of 10) than the Lincoln MKC (5). This means the CX-5 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the MKC every 15,000 miles.

Suspension and Handling

The CX-5 Grand 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 CX-5’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the MKC’s (36 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda CX-5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 pounds less than the Lincoln MKC.

Passenger Space

The CX-5 has 5.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKC (103.8 vs. 97.9).

The CX-5 has .1 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and 2.5 inches more rear hip room than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity

The CX-5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the MKC with its rear seat up (30.9 vs. 25.2 cubic feet). The CX-5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (59.6 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

The CX-5’s cargo area is larger than the MKC’s in every dimension:

 

CX-5

MKC

Max Width

57”

47.6”

Min Width

41.3”

40.3”

Height

32.4”

32”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CX-5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The MKC doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The CX-5 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed 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-5 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.

Consumer Reports rated the CX-5’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the MKC’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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-5’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-5 Grand Touring/Signature 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-5 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CX-5 will cost $380 less than the MKC over a five-year period.

The CX-5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CX-5 will retain 49.11% to 49.47% 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-5 is less expensive to operate than the MKC because it costs $144 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-5 than the MKC, including $305 less for a water pump, $326 less for a muffler, $39 less for front brake pads, $55 less for a fuel pump, $584 less for a timing belt/chain and $791 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-5 will be $7446 to $9426 less than for the Lincoln MKC.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln MKC isn't recommended.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2018. The MKC has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-5 outsold the Lincoln MKC by almost six to one during the 2018 model year.

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