2020 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Equinox are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The MKC doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking optional in the Equinox as “Superior.” The MKC scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

The Equinox Premier offers an optional Surround Vision 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 Equinox and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Lincoln MKC:

Equinox

MKC

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

159

177

Neck Injury Risk

17%

36%

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

50 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

376

377

Neck Injury Risk

26%

47%

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

152 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

264/236 lbs.

667/277 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 Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Lincoln MKC:

Equinox

MKC

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

357 lbs.

404 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

288

338

Hip Force

630 lbs.

778 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Equinox the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKC has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Warranty

The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the MKC’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox first among compact SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The MKC was rated second in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

Engine

The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 7 more horsepower (252 vs. 245) than the MKC’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. is faster than the Lincoln MKC 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.:

Equinox

MKC

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.1 MPH

87.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Equinox

FWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

MKC

RWD

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

Regardless of its engine, the Equinox’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lincoln only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the MKC 2.0 Turbo.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4-cyl., for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKC.

Brakes and Stopping

The Equinox stops shorter than the MKC:

Equinox

MKC

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Equinox 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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Equinox’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the MKC (107.3 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Equinox’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the MKC’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 550 pounds less than the Lincoln MKC.

Passenger Space

The Equinox has 5.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKC (103.2 vs. 97.9).

The Equinox has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity

The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the MKC with its rear seat up (29.9 vs. 25.2 cubic feet). The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (63.9 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

The Equinox’s cargo area is larger than the MKC’s in almost every dimension:

Equinox

MKC

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.9”/67.4”

34.4”/67”

Max Width

53.7”

47.6”

Min Width

40.7”

40.3”

Height

31”

32”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Equinox LT/Premier’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The MKC doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The MKC does not have an oil pressure gauge.

When the Equinox with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The MKC’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Equinox with a number “8” insurance rate while the MKC is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Equinox will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Equinox will retain 46.06% to 49.61% 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 Equinox is less expensive to operate than the MKC because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the MKC, including $79 less for a water pump, $20 less for front struts, $173 less for a timing belt/chain and $614 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Equinox will be $1470 to $7882 less than for the Lincoln MKC.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The MKC isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Lincoln MKC by almost 13 to one during 2018.

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