Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Lincoln MKC Near Goodyear, AZ

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 Lincoln MKC

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium offers optional Active Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKC offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the Escape 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

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

 

Escape

MKC

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

47%

47%

Neck Compression

106 lbs.

152 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

453/192 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 Ford Escape is safer than the Lincoln MKC:

 

Escape

MKC

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.5 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

102 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

404 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

290

338

Hip Force

649 lbs.

778 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Escape’s reliability will be 60% better than the MKC.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Lincoln MKC 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Escape

MKC

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.8 MPH

87.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Escape

MKC

 

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/29 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

23 city/30 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

22 city/29 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escape stops shorter than the MKC:

 

Escape

MKC

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the MKC AWD (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 pounds less than the Lincoln MKC.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the MKC AWD (39 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear legroom than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the MKC with its rear seat up (34 vs. 25.2 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $510 to $3040 less than the MKC over a five-year period.

The Escape will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Escape will retain 45.64% to 48.88% of its original price after five years, while the MKC only retains 34.43% to 40.07%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the MKC because typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the MKC, including $868 less for a water pump, $24 less for front brake pads, $193 less for a starter, $116 less for fuel injection, $130 less for a fuel pump, $16 less for front struts, $271 less for a timing belt/chain and $1323 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $9807 to $20575 less than for the Lincoln MKC.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second 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 Ford Escape outsold the Lincoln MKC by over twelve to one during the 2016 model year.

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