In design, the MKC makes a solid statement of purpose against the likes of the Audi Q5 and Acura RDX, and stands up well against new premium entries like the Cadillac XT5.
Inside, the MKC skips the shift lever in favor of buttons. At the center of the dash is a large infotainment screen housing Ford's new Sync 3 system. It's complemented by large knobs for tuning and volume, and has an array of climate-control switches on its elevated, kiosk-like center console. Steering and handling are real strong points for the MKC.
A 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, the MKC can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around seven seconds, with plenty of power for quick takeoffs and no-sweat highway passing.
From the front seat, the MKC feels just as roomy and airy as mid-size models like the Lexus RX. The MKC includes power heated driver’s and front passenger seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition, speed-sensitive intermittent wipers, remote starting, HID headlights, reverse sensors, heated mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, upgraded leather, more seat adjustments, ambient lighting, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, navigation, a hands-free tailgate, and heated-and-cooled seats, among other things.
The Technology Package brings a suite of active-safety features like lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system with brake support, and a rear cross-traffic alert system. There's also Active Park Assist with Park Out Assist, which gets you in and out of tight parallel-parking spots without touching the steering wheel.