Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Honda CR-V VS 2018 Lincoln MKC Near Washington, NC

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Lincoln MKC

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKC offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the CR-V and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 2018 CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKC has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 18 percent more Honda dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CR-V’s reliability 55 points higher than the MKC.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 10 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the CR-V 1.5T is faster than the Lincoln MKC 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

87.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the MKC:







2.4 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy




1.5 Turbo/Auto

28 city/34 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy




1.5 Turbo/Auto

27 city/33 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto




18 city/25 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The MKC with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops shorter than the MKC:





70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the MKC.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the CR-V’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the MKC’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the Lincoln MKC.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the MKC AWD (40 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKC (105.9 vs. 97.9).

The CR-V has .5 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKC.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the MKC with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 25.2 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The MKC doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The CR-V has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The MKC doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CR-V’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the MKC’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the CR-V owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CR-V will cost $515 less than the MKC over a five-year period.

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 49.22% to 51.49% of its original price after five years, while the MKC only retains 43.48% to 44.66%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the MKC because it costs $351 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the MKC, including $661 less for a water pump, $95 less for an alternator, $30 less for front brake pads, $158 less for a fuel pump, $423 less for a timing belt/chain and $918 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $8622 to $13845 less than for the Lincoln MKC.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda CR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln MKC isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The MKC isn’t in the top three in its category.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The MKC has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Lincoln MKC by almost 14 to one during 2017.

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