2019 Nissan Kicks vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Kicks SR has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKC only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Kicks and the MKC 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 27 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 6 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Kicks gets better fuel mileage than the MKC:

 

 

 

MPG

Kicks

 

FWD

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

31 city/36 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 Nissan Kicks 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 Kicks 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.

Tires and Wheels

The Kicks has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The MKC doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the MKC’s (34.1 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1400 pounds less than the Lincoln MKC.

The Kicks is 10.1 inches shorter than the MKC, making the Kicks easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Kicks has 1.1 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more front legroom than the MKC.

The front step up height for the Kicks is 1.4 inches lower than the MKC (15.4” vs. 16.8”). The Kicks’ rear step up height is 1.7 inches lower than the MKC’s (15.8” vs. 17.5”).

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