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 Navigator Review

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"The 2015 Lincoln Navigator full-size SUV is easy to drive and provides exceptional comfort in all three rows of seats, but it needs a richer interior to truly compete in the luxury class," says Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 30, 2015 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2010-13 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Ford Police Interceptor

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 195,000 model-year 2010-13 Ford Taurus sedans built from Dec. 1, 2009, through July 31, 2010, and from Feb. 1, 2011, through Nov. 30, 2012; certain model-year 2010-13 Lincoln MKS sedans built from June 2, 2011, through Oct. 31, 2011; and certain model-year 2010-13 Ford Police Interceptor sedans built from Dec. 1, 2009, through July 31, 2010, and Feb. 1, 2011, through Nov. 30, 2012.

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, the spring that controls the interior door handles could become unseated. If this happens, the door could become unlatched during a side-impact crash, increasing the risk of injury. Ford is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect all four interior door-handle assemblies and repair or replace as necessary, free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: Owners should 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 Jen Burklow | January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

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)

2016 Lincoln MKX Video

Can Lincoln's redesigned midsize crossover take on Lexus' top-selling RX crossover? Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays walks us through the new 2016 Lincoln MKX. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

Inside the 2016 Lincoln MKX (29 Photos)

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The larger sibling to Lincoln's smaller MKC, the midsize MKX luxury crossover is a dramatic improvement over the truck it replaces. Whereas the old one felt like a barely nicer Ford Edge for several thousand dollars more, the new MKX is an obvious upgrade in every respect.

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Exterior styling is decidedly attractive, a more mature and grown-up look than the MKC and one that doesn't ape Audi or Acura as much as the smaller vehicle does. It has a more distinctive look, especially along the rear fenders, and the full-width rear LED taillight helps bring a gravitas to the truck. It certainly looks sportier than the Acura MDX or Lexus RX350, with a roofline that swoops low as it falls over the heads of rear-seat passengers.

By Aaron Bragman | January 14, 2015 | Comments (2)

2016 Lincoln MKX: First Look

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Competes with: Acura MDX, BMW X5, Lexus RX

Looks like: A larger, more sophisticated MKC

Drivetrain: 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 standard or 330-hp, turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 optional; six-speed automatic transmission; optional all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Fall 2015

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Lincoln continues to update its lineup, following the increasingly popular compact MKC crossover with a redesigned MKX. The all-new 2016 Lincoln MKX is a larger, much more sophisticated midsize luxury crossover than the one it replaces. It has a more refined interior, additional technology features and a unique premium sound system that should set it apart from competitors like the Acura MDX and Lexus RX.

By Aaron Bragman | January 12, 2015 | Comments (3)

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)

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