Top 10 Cars That Stayed True to Their Concept

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During the past decade, the once fanciful concept car — never meant to see the light of day — has morphed into more of a design study for future products. Taking that notion to the next level, our editors have rated the 10 production cars that did the best job of incorporating their concept when made into reality during the past decade.

Related: 2015 Detroit Auto Show Winners and Losers 

Note: We didn't take into account certain "concepts" often considered prototypes that some automakers roll out at auto shows. Those show cars are barely discernible from the real thing and are introduced much closer to when the actual cars go on sale.

By David Thomas | February 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

How Swanky Is the Lincoln MKC Black Label?

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Ford's luxury brand has needed some help in the way of new product for a while now, and it got a big boost with the 2015 Lincoln MKC compact luxury crossover. An undeniably stylish hatchback, it features a choice of two turbocharged engines, scads of high-tech safety systems, an optional THX premium stereo, and big wheels and tires. The new crossover is slowly helping Lincoln crawl back from oblivion, thanks in no small part to television commercials starring Matthew McConaughey and countless spoofs of said commercials starring everyone from Ellen DeGeneres to Jim Carrey.

Related: 2015 Lincoln MKC Review

But Lincoln has a plan to boost its luxury chops in the eyes of consumers, and it starts with this: the Black Label series. Option up an MKC or MKZ sedan, and you have a perfectly nice car — but check the Black Label box, and you'll get something a bit more special. The Black Label series is a combination of unique, premium interior materials and colors, and an ownership experience at the dealer level that aims to inject some personalized pampering into the purchase and ownership process.

When buying a Black Label vehicle, you work with specially trained "liaisons" who will either take you into a special lounge at the dealership or visit you at your home or office to configure your car. When you've purchased the car, it can be delivered to your home (if you live within 30 miles of the dealer) instead of to the dealer. A four-year 50,000-mile premium maintenance plan is included that covers all maintenance and wear, including free car washes and an annual detailing. All that stuff is nice, but how is the car itself and importantly, how much is it?

By Aaron Bragman | February 5, 2015 | Comments (5)

2015 Lincoln MKC Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says there's a lot to like about Lincoln's new premium compact SUV, including a luxurious, quiet interior and a composed ride. It should stack up well against competitors from BMW and Audi, Mays says. Watch the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Lincoln MKC Real-World Cargo Space

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Lincoln's all-new MKC compact SUV jumped into the luxury segment ready to duke it out with a growing number of small luxury utes. The MKC's healthy dose of style and substance proves it's capable of competing with the Acura RDX, Audi Q5 and the BMW X3. The MKC's sophistication is a big surprise partly because of its humble roots as a Ford Escape.

Related: Research the 2015 Lincoln MKC

Cargo room is down slightly after the transformation from Escape to MKC, but it's still capable enough to make big grocery store runs and can fit a number of suitcases, golf clubs and strollers behind the backseat. As I noted in my 2015 MKC review,

"The liftgate encloses 53.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the backseat folded, down from the Escape's 67.8 cubic feet and a little short of competitors. The RDX has 61.3 cubic feet of cargo space, the Q5 gets 57.3 cubic feet and the X3 56.5 cubic feet. Like the Escape, an optional hands-free power liftgate (standard on high-end Reserve models only) can be operated by waving your foot under the rear bumper."

See how well the MKC fits common items in the cargo area, below.

By Joe Bruzek | January 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Prompts Move of Lincoln MKC's Start Button

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Imagine Matthew McConaughey serenely cruising down a moonlit road in his brand-new Lincoln MKC when all of the sudden the crossover stalls, upsetting his suave mojo (and interrupting the conversation he appears to be holding with the rearview mirror). Ford issued a recall last week to prevent just this scenario from happening, and the fix requires relocating the MKC's start button. 

Related: 2015 Lincoln MKC Review

According to Ford, the push-button start module is too close to other controls, and drivers could inadvertently bump the button and shut off the engine while driving. If this happens, the restraint systems may not function, increasing the risk of an injury during a crash.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 6, 2015 | Comments (11)

2015 Lincoln MKC: Car Seat Check

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It appeared with actor Matthew McConaughey in Lincoln's heavily discussed and parodied TV ads, but the 2015 Lincoln MKC should have been the star of the commercial. Based on its sibling, the Ford Escape, this five-passenger compact luxury crossover is good looking both inside and out. Did it perform in our Car Seat Check as well as McConaughey did in "True Detective"?

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | January 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC

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Vehicles Affected: Ford is recalling about 9,000 model-year 2014 Ford Escape and model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC compact crossovers. In a separate recall, Ford is also recalling approximately 11,000 model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC crossovers.

The Problem: For the first recall, Ford says an issue with the nickel plating on the fuel pump could cause the pump to seize. If this happens, the car may not start or may stall while driving, which could increase the risk of a crash. In the second recall, the MKC is being recalled to move the push-button start’s location. Because the button is close to other controls, drivers have inadvertently shut off the engine while driving, which turned off the restraint system. This could increase the risk of injury in a crash.

The Fix: Ford and Lincoln dealers will replace the fuel delivery module for the first recall. For the second MKC recall, dealers will replace the gearshift module with one that has the push-button in a different location and reprogram the power train control module.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Newman | December 31, 2014 | Comments (4)

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By Matt Schmitz | November 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

Top 10 Features for Showoffs

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Prefacing any great show-off moment is the phrase, "Hey, watch this." That's what Cars.com editors imagined when picking the greatest show-off features in new cars. What's surprising is the sheer number of over-the-top features surely wild enough to impress even the most non-interested parties. Want to set off car alarms in a parking garage or attract the attention of everyone who sets eyes on your car up to a mile away? This list has what it takes to be the center of attention.

By Joe Bruzek | October 13, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Focus, Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC

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Vehicles Affected: More than 300 model-year 2014 Ford Focus compact cars manufactured between May 1 and May 24, and Escape compact crossovers manufactured on June 6, and model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC luxury compact crossovers manufactured between June 4 and July 7

The Problem: The fuel delivery module may crack between the filter body and the filter cap, possibly resulting in low fuel pressure and increasing the risk of a crash

The Fix: Ford began notifying owners in September, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

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