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Buick Envision vs Lincoln MKC (2019 Update)

When stacked against one another, the Buick Envision and the Lincoln MKC have many similarities in terms of comfort, fuel efficiency and luxury styling both on the interiors and exterior.

When comparing their suitability, consumers need to dive deep into each vehicle’s specifications to determine each vehicle’s appropriateness for their design preferences and performance expectations.

While each SUV has a lot to offer, considering the benefits and deficiencies of each will point buyers in a direction that best suits their lifestyle and how they anticipate using the vehicle. This overview highlights specific points of each vehicle that most consumers are looking for.

Comfort and Utility

Both the Buick Envision and the Lincoln MKC offer seating for five passengers. The available legroom and headroom are also comparable.

In the Lincoln MKC, the driver and front passenger are afforded slightly more room but the difference is negligible. Both offer leather power seating, power windows and power locks as standards for their luxurious interiors.

On the Lincoln MKC, a sunroof/moonroof is also standard. Overall, the Buick Envision is slightly narrower and longer than the Lincoln MKC. For some, this will make this SUV easier to navigate in city traffic and narrow parking spaces.

The Buick Envision’s smaller turning radius also will be preferred by some consumers for ease of maneuverability in tight spots. While the differences in size between the Buick Envision and Lincoln MKC are not great, they are significant enough that some may feel more comfortable driving one over the other.

Mileage/Fuel Efficiency

In the past, SUVs were not necessarily known to be fuel efficient. However, this has improved through technological and design innovations.

Both vehicles have similar mileage and fuel efficiency standards. The Buick Envision gets 25 mpg in city conditions and 27 mpg on the open road. The Lincoln MKC similarly has 18 mpg in the city with 21 mpg on the highway.

These ratings make both vehicles good choices for consumers seeking better fuel efficiency on the road and in daily commutes.

Power and Cargo Capacity

With 285 horsepower, the Lincoln MKC has more power than the Buick Envision. It also present greater torque making it feel more powerful than the Buick Envision. It also makes it better for towing.

The towing capacity on the Lincoln MKC is 3,000 lbs. versus the Buick Envision’s maximum towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. The cargo volumes are similar with 25.6 cu ft. in the Lincoln MKC and 26.9 cu ft. in the Buick Envision. Max payload are also comparable with the Buick Envision able to carry slightly heavier loads at 1,318 lbs. over the Lincolns 1,023 lbs.


The MSRP for the Buick Envision is lower at $37,550 than the Lincoln MKC which comes in at $49,610. While the sticker price may not be the ultimate deciding factor between these two vehicles, it is an important consideration.

Both the Buick Envision and the Lincoln MKC have a great deal to offer consumers who are looking for a luxury SUV. Because of the similarities between these two vehicles, consumers need to look beyond brand loyalty and consider how they anticipate using the vehicle before making a decision.

If they anticipate frequently towing heavy loads, then the Lincoln MKC is the obvious choice. For those looking for a stylish vehicle for their commute or daily activities, the choice between the two may be more subjective.

In the end, the decision may come down to cost considerations. Between the Buick Envision and the Lincoln MKC, these are both solid luxury SUVs in today’s marketplace.

Previous 2016 Model Comparisons

The 2016 model year introduces two new options to the luxury midsize crossover SUV market: The Buick Envision and the Lincoln MKC. The Buick Envision fits between the Encore and Enclave in Buick’s lineup. Originally offered for sale in China, it is slated to be available in the United States later in 2016. The Lincoln MKC made its debut in 2015 as part of the newly rebranded Lincoln Motor Company group. These two entries have many similar features but nuanced differences abound.

About the 2016 Buick Envision

The Envision is larger than most vehicles in its class, weighing in at two tons. It features a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with 256 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It features a six-speed automatic transmission, all wheel drive, and some hybrid technology, where the engine shuts off when braking, coasting or stopped. It also includes a number of important safety features as standard equipment, including lane-keeping assist, lane-change assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, collision mitigation braking, front and rear parking assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Other standard equipment includes heated steering wheel, driver seat and mirror memory settings, heated rear seats, leather-appointed seats, heated steering wheel, three-zone climate control, 19-inch silver finish wheels, and front intermittent rain-sensing wipers. An 8-inch touchscreen is standard along with a noise-cancelling system and available 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot allowing up to seven devices to connect within 20 feet of the vehicle.

On the Premium II trim level standard features also include cooled front seats, articulating high-intensity discharge headlights, auto high beams, automatic parking assist, and a head-up display. Optional features on the Premium II include a power sliding panoramic sunroof and an adaptive cruise control with front automatic braking.

About the 2016 Lincoln MKC

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The 2016 Lincoln MKC features a standard 240-horsepower, 2-liter turbo four-cylinder engine though an optional 285-horsepower, 2.3-liter turbo engine is also available. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission; an adaptive suspension is standard on all-wheel-drive models and optional on front-wheel-drive models. Trim levels are plentiful: Premiere, Select, Reserve, and the high-end Black Label, with all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive.

Standard features on the MKC include leather upholstery, key less entry, push-button start, remote start, heated windows, SD and two USB ports, high-intensity discharge headlights, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, rear camera, and the SYNC® 3 driver connect system.

Safety features standard include seven airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, rear parking sensors, approach detection, electronic stability control with roll control, and tire pressure monitoring. Available safety options include automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control with mitigation braking and forward collision alert, blind-spot/cross-traffic warning, a lane-keeping system, and in and out park assist.

The Select trim adds upgraded leather, wood trim, ambient cabin lighting, configurable daytime running lights, heated power-folding side mirrors, and a cargo cover. The Reserve trim boasts heated and cooled front seats panoramic moonroof, a blind spot and cross-traffic warning, hands-free hatch lift, polished wheels and embedded modem. Package options vary by trim and transmission selection but include

Among the optional packages are a tow package and a climate package that offers auto high-beams, heated rear seats and steering wheel and rain-sensing front wipers.