When you're not sure if you want a crossover, a tall wagon, a luxury option, or a less expensive option, you may not even know where to start. A great vehicle that crosses over even the crossover market is the 2017 Lincoln MKC and its new rival the 2017 Infiniti QX50 is competing hard for your attention as well. Which vehicle option is the best bet for you? Check out our comparison guide for more details about how well they compete.
The Lincoln MKC really is a standout model as far as exterior styling is concerned. From the side there's nothing too remarkable to report, but the front and rear are modern, stylish, and unlike any other model in the market. While this is only the second model year for this Lincoln MKC design, we think it's a styling approach that should continue to look modern and engaging for years to come.
The Infiniti QX50 is more like a tall wagon than an SUV in terms of its exterior styling. In fact, its sporty lines very nearly make it feel like a modern variation of the reliable station wagon. It's also feeling a bit dated, though the Infiniti has only been around for a couple of years longer than the Lincoln MKC. We'd like to see something a little fresher, especially if the Infiniti is invoking the station wagon, so we'll give the nod here to the 2017 Lincoln MKC.
You might assume that exterior size automatically means predictably large space on the interior. Just because the 2017 Lincoln MKC looks so much taller than the Infiniti QX50 and the QX50 looks so much longer, that doesn't mean you should expect more head room in the Lincoln MKC or leg room in the QX50. But although the Infiniti does have an inch or so more legroom in the front than the Lincoln MKC's 42.8 inches, the QX50 actually offers about that same amount less for backseat passengers.
The quality of materials and the fit and finish is excellent in both vehicles, and both also have plenty of family friendly handy storage spaces. Both models are comfortable for long journeys, but there's a lot more cargo space in all areas of the Lincoln MKC. So while the quality of the interiors is pretty similar, the extra room in the Lincoln MKC makes it an easy winner here.
You get to choose between a 2.0-liter and a 2.3-liter inline-four in the 2017 Lincoln MKC, but the difference between the two options isn't huge. They both deliver plenty of power and they're fine engines, but it would have been a better choice for buyers if they were more distinct from each other.
The Infiniti QX50 is only available with one engine, but that engine certainly lives up to the sporty nature of the vehicle. The 3.7-liter V-6 offers a pretty serious 325 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque; even with these differences, the Infiniti doesn't drive or handle a lot deal better than the Lincoln MKC. Still, we have to give the nod to the QX50 for the extra power it provides.
The 2017 Lincoln MKC offers buyers four trim levels to choose from: the Premiere, Select, Reserve, and the opulent Black Label. But the great thing about the MKC is that you don't have to go to the top trim to get impressive features and equipment. Even the "base-level" Premiere comes with HID headlamps with LED signature lamps, LED taillamps, a nine-speaker premium sound system, active noise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, power adjustable heated front seats, MyKey, a power liftgate and lots more. It's hard not to love a vehicle that tricks out its base model like that.
The Infiniti QX50 comes in just two trims: the QX50 and QX50AWD, which might seem simpler overall. But what that means in practice is that to get many of the premium features you want in a vehicle of this type, you'll have to spring for what are sometimes expensive option packages. You can have what you want, but you'll probably end up paying for things you don't in order to get them or opting out entirely. The Lincoln MKC is better equipped as standard across the trim levels, which makes the buying process simpler, less costly and eliminates the need for paying for features you don't want.
The age-old saying is that you can't judge a book by its cover, and that's certainly the case with these two luxury crossovers. The Infiniti QX50 might have more power to match its sportier persona, but the 2017 Lincoln MKC is a great example of why crossovers are so popular. It drives like a car, looks like an SUV and has more room for passengers and cargo than the Infiniti. The Lincoln MKC is also a more contemporary, better looking vehicle and it costs less than its rival here too. If you had to choose between them, the 2017 Lincoln MKC is clearly the better choice.