Buick and Lincoln can each be credited as early pioneers of the growing class of luxury family vehicles. The two rivals were both instrumental in merging these niches down to one lane with models designed for both comfort and style, a recipe that has become popular with today’s consumers.
But when comparing the Buick Envision with the Lincoln MKC, the latest popular models to roll off each manufacturer’s assembly line, one accelerates into the fast lane.
Behind more advanced safety features, greater interior space, finer luxury and sharper performance, the Buick Envision is the choice among these two models. At under $40,000 for the 2017 model year, the Envision brings the highest in SUV quality at a mid-market price.
Safety is first and foremost for any family SUV. And in the Envision, the standard safety features you’ll find that are only available as options in the Lincoln MKC include:
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Blind Spot Monitor
- Collision Mitigation Braking
- Forward Collision Alert
- Lane Keep Assist
- Lane Departure Warning
Getting everyone and everything from point A to point B comfortably and easily is paramount for a family-oriented SUV. In the Buick Envision, that starts with greater dimensions of passenger volume, front head room, front shoulder room, second-row leg room, second-row shoulder room, and second-row hip room. And all that is made possible despite the body of the Envision actually being narrower than that of the MKC.
Going for a long drive with kids in tow? In the Envision, your passengers will enjoy a WiFi Hotspot not available in the Lincoln MKC. Those devices can be charged up in the Envision’s power outlet, a convenience not found in the MKC. And rear passengers in the Envision can stay cool with a rear A/C unit, yet another luxury you won’t find in the MKC. Fortunately, the MKC features a smaller fuel tank so you’ll have more chances to stop and get out.
What about your stuff? A luggage rack and hands-free liftgate both come standard in the Envision but not at all in the MKC.
Additional advantages that the Envision holds over the MKC is a standard premium sound system, rain sensing wipers and a heated steering wheel.