2020 Lexus NX Series vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

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The NX Series’ optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The MKC doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The NX Series has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats 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 4 points, IIHS rates the Pre-Collision Brake optional in the NX Series as “Advanced.” 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 NX Series offers an optional Intuitive Parking Assist with Automatic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The MKC doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The NX Series offers an optional Panoramic 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 NX Series and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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.

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

NX Series

MKC

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

355

377

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

42%

47%

Neck Compression

70 lbs.

152 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

442/307 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 Lexus NX Series is safer than the Lincoln MKC:

NX Series

MKC

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

352 lbs.

404 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

317

338

Hip Force

303 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, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the NX Series the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKC has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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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 NX Series’ reliability 38 points higher than the MKC.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 41 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

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

Engine

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As tested in Consumer Reports the NX 300 is faster than the Lincoln MKC 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder:

NX Series

MKC

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

87.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

NX Series

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

33 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

F Sport 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 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

Regenerative brakes improve the NX Series 300h’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The MKC doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The NX 300h 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.

Brakes and Stopping

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The NX Series stops shorter than the MKC:

NX Series

MKC

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The NX 300 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKC AWD (27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

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

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the NX 300 F Sport AWD is quieter than the MKC AWD:

NX Series

MKC

At idle

37 dB

43 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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The NX Series has .7 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room and 1.1 inches more rear hip room than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity

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The NX Series has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (54.6 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

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

NX Series

MKC

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

36”/71.5”

34.4”/67”

Max Width

53”

47.6”

Min Width

44.3”

40.3”

Height

27”

32”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the NX Series’ optional rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The MKC doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 16% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

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The NX Series’ 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.

The NX Series 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 NX Series’ standard headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the MKC’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the NX Series F Sport has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The MKC doesn’t offer cornering lights. The NX Series also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

When the NX Series 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

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Insurance will cost less for the NX Series owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the NX Series with a number “5” insurance rate while the MKC is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The NX Series will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the NX Series will retain 50.95% to 51.77% of its original price after five years, while the MKC only retains 42.85% to 43.09%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the NX Series is less expensive to operate than the MKC because typical repairs cost much less on the NX Series than the MKC, including $22 less for a water pump, $61 less for front brake pads and $762 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lexus NX Series will be $2681 to $3288 less than for the Lincoln MKC.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lexus NX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln MKC isn't recommended.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its May 2015 issue and they ranked the Lexus NX 300 F Sport AWD first. They ranked the Lincoln MKC AWD fourth.

The Lexus NX Series outsold the Lincoln MKC by over two to one during 2018.

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