2019 Toyota Rav4 vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Pre-Collision System in the Rav4 as “Superior.” The MKC scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 (except LE) offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The MKC doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rav4 Limited offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera 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 Rav4 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rav4 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 167 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKC has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the MKC.

There are over 45 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Rav4’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

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

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 gets better fuel mileage than the MKC:

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

LE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

MKC

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

 

2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Rav4 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

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Rav4, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKC.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rav4 stops shorter than the MKC:

 

Rav4

MKC

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

The Rav4 Adventure handles at .84 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Rav4 Adventure executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKC AWD (27.5 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the MKC’s (36.1 feet vs. 38 feet). The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the MKC’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

The Toyota Rav4 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 pounds less than the Lincoln MKC.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 has 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the MKC with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 25.2 cubic feet). The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln MKC is limited to 3000 pounds. The Rav4 Adventure offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Lincoln MKC by over 16 to one during 2018.

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