6. Compact Crossover SUV–Lincoln MKC
Starting price: $33,995
Fuel-economy rating (EPA city/highway combined): 21-23 mpg
Small crossovers are the hottest sellers in the auto business these days, with the new-for-2015 Lincoln MKC offering the ability to stand out in a crowded market segment with expressive exterior styling and a richly cast interior. The MKC shares platforms with the Ford Escape
and includes its 2.0-liter 240-horsepower turbocharged “EcoBoost” four-cylinder as the base engine; a livelier choice would be the optional 2.3-liter turbo-four that generates a V-6-like 285-horsepower; front drive is standard with all-wheel-drive optional. Available high-tech features include collision warning and lane departure safety systems and a new park assist feature that can not only automatically guide the vehicle into a parallel parking space, but steer it out of one as well. For better or worse the MKC includes the latest version of the MyLincoln Touch multimedia control system that has confounded the press and the public alike in previous models.