TTAC Salutes The Lincoln Motor Company

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Last year, TTAC reviewed the Lincoln MKZ, and found it wanting. Poor build quality, sub-par fuel economy and questionable value for money led me to write a review that, while accurate in its portrayal of the cars faults, went above and beyond the call of duty as far as verbal vitriol was concerned. We all know what happened next, and in the end, it was only due to an outpouring of support from the B&B that TTAC was given access to Ford’s press fleet again. Note that in that time, we didn’t once drive a Lincoln.

This week marks the first time that TTAC is back in a Lincoln since that episode. I’m driving a fully loaded 2.3L Ecoboost MKC, which is the Lincoln Motor Company’s version of the Ford Escape. My biggest bone of contention with the MKZ was that it didn’t offer anything particularly compelling that would tempt me to buy one over a Ford Fusion. The MKC doesn’t appear to have that problem. Check back next week for the full review. In the mean time, we salute the Lincoln Motor Company for putting the episode behind them and having the courage to invite us to test out their newest wares.

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  • Wmba Wmba on Sep 17, 2014

    Just another Lincoln article. This has to be the only website that cares about the brand, and there aren't many humans roaming the planet who care either. Lincoln and brown diesel manual tranny wagons, the two least interesting types of vehicles extant. And I have only slightly more interest in trucks, but have to admit they're popular. Which doesn't make them interesting.

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Sep 17, 2014

    I remember the original MKZ review. It was full of childish complains with some agenda behind it, like reviewer was angry at something that day for, or he just got defective car. I prefer more professionally written balanced articles or at least having some some kind of humor but not anger. It is not as if I like MKZ, I prefer Fusion over MKZ in fact. But it is not as bad as is was was presented by reviewer. It is frustrating that Lincoln does not stand for anything particular just want to compete with dead walking brand like Acura. Reaction from Lincoln was kind of childish too. There are lot of nasty articles on the Internet - who cares. If I feel that some writing is not truthful or is a propaganda piece I just click Close or Back button and forget it right away and go to the next thing. In this age you cannot dwell on thing you just have to go to the next thing since. I cannot even read long news paper articles any more. I skip all propaganda and agenda related paragraphs or if it is all it has move quickly to different site where the same information is presented in unbiased and concise manner.

  • Shaker Shaker on Sep 18, 2014

    Since the Escape is a decent vehicle, the MKC will have those characteristics at least. But will the extra cash give the buyer any added value, or just the JC Whitney treatment? At the very least, it will need a suspension upgrade to deal with the added grunt of the big turbo.

    • Kyree Kyree on Sep 18, 2014

      I do know that the suspension was changed entirely versus the Escape.

  • Loki Loki on Sep 18, 2014

    "2.3L Ecoboost MKC, which is the Lincoln Motor Company’s version of the Ford Escape." Please stop. This is not badge engineering, this is not a new "version". This is a new vehicle based on the C-car platform shared by C-Max, Focus, and Escape. Sure it looks similar in shape to an Escape, but so does every C-Car Crossover. It's like saying that the Ford Edge is a new "version" of the Ford Fusion.

    • Bosozoku Bosozoku on Sep 18, 2014

      Built on the same assembly line and shares the same basic dimensions, so I'd say calling it the Lincoln version of the Escape isn't a stretch.