The 2016 Lincoln MKC and the 2015 Lexus NX are among the most impressive compact luxury crossovers available. Both provide spacious, upscale cabins, modern safety features, and impressive power. Before you decide which one to drive home, check out our four-category comparison guide.
2016 MKC vs Lexus NX
Here the 2016 Lincoln MKC takes the lead. It derives its power from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated for 240 horses and 270 pound-feet of torque. With that much output, it’s easy to streak onto highways and pass slower traffic. For a more powerful performance, check out the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It produces 285 horses and 305 pound-feet of torque for a startlingly quick ride. Choose between front- and all-wheel drive for maximum traction over slippery roads.
The 2016 Lexus NX 200t isn’t far behind, offering a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. With its 235 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque, highway merging and passing is a snap. As with the MKC, you can choose all-wheel drive for enhanced performance.
On the road, the 2016 Lexus NX excels. Steering is responsive for smooth, controlled movement through city streets and country roads alike. The F Sport model offers impressive athleticism and a strong sense of authority from behind the wheel. On the highway, the cabin remains luxuriously quiet.
The 2016 Lincoln MKC is a close second. Both engine options deliver peppy performance. The standard active noise-cancellation system maintains a calm, peaceful cabin, even during highway trips.
Once again, the 2016 Lincoln MKC pulls ahead. The cabin is constructed using high-quality materials, creating a luxurious atmosphere. Seating is soft and spacious. No matter where you choose to sit, you’ll enjoy impressive support during lengthy trips. The MKC is also big on head- and legroom. The trunk provides 25.2 cubic feet of space for family-friendly grocery hauls. Fold down the rear seats to create 53.1 cubic feet of space.
Inside the Lexus NX, you’ll enjoy refined, upscale seating. Its contemporary design – which includes wood trim and a modern analog clock – is stylish and tasteful. Seats are properly padded for impressive comfort. Both front and rear passengers enjoy substantial space.
We like the 2016 Lincoln MKC’s long list of high-tech features. The MyKey system lets parents set speed limitations for teen drivers to encourage on-road safety. Advanced systems – including blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert – keep you on your toes by scanning surrounding areas for potential danger. In government crash tests, the MKC earned a respectable four out of five stars for overall protection.
The 2016 Lincoln NX provides excellent passenger safety. Like the MKC, it offers standard items – think antilock brakes and traction and stability control – to help you maintain authority over problematic road conditions. Use the rearview camera to coast into parallel parking spaces. The automatic crash notification system warns you of impending danger.
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Both the 2016 Lincoln MKC and the Lexus NX provide impressive performance and passenger luxury, but we prefer the MKC overall. Inside, you’ll enjoy supreme comfort and high-tech infotainment features. Advanced features send you safely on your way. On the road, powerful engine options create a swift, sport ride. Come in and test drive the MKC today!