Last year we gave up the car meaning our lengthy getaways have taken a back seat to more local pursuits within a convenient reach via a leisurely cycle ride. However, thanks to Lincoln Canada we had the use of an MKC for a week, and took the opportunity to take a mini vacation in nearby Richmond. More on this car from us here.
We checked into the Hilton Richmond a mere 20 minute ride from Vancouver, and dined at Cavu Kitchen Bar. Great place to stay if you have an early morning flight or are coming in to explore Richmond itself.
Be sure to order the tandoori-spiced calamari and the CAVU BURGER. More on this meal here.
It’s awesome to have a King Bed as we only have a Queen at home, and there’s plenty of room in the sitting room to relax before bed, or get some work done at the desk if you must. There’s also a nice view of the city from the bedroom if you had time to linger in the morning and enjoy breakfast in bed.
The next day we had a tasty breakfast, and if you can believe it, went grocery shopping. Time to stock up while we had the Lincoln and there’s a Loblaw City Market on Steveston Hwy. We’re a big fan on the Guiding Stars Program and stocked up on a few items we miss without a nearby source. Stuff like this is heavy to carry, well, except for the “light” rye crackers.
Although many go for fish and chips in Steveston, and we’re also big fans, this time we went for Tapenade in Steveston, a place I’ve been going for years, for some French-inspired cuisine. The duck confit and octopus salad were excellent.
I’d never driven past the village along the Steveston Dyke trail and Marina; it’s gorgeous there. Lots of new real estate developments. We love Kitsilano, but with views like this, couldn’t help but consider. Always good to get a even night away and explore a new neighbourhood other than our own. Thanks Lincoln. Could we please keep this one?
We’re currently car-less, so have been testing out numerous models as a result. Our latest one was very hard to return.
As Lincoln moves further into the luxury market we’ve see some upscale features in new models such as the Lincoln MKC that we recently took for a spin. This model has a sophisticated look, performs well, has lots of cabin space and some cool new technology, all for a less than similar models from other manufacturers. We felt quite posh stepping in and out of the MKC!
Opening the car with the remote and getting seated in the driver’s seat, I found push buttons instead of a shift lever to activate the car and a nice big screen to control the entertainment, heating and navigation; the MKC feels luxurious inside and out. Under the hood you’ll find a 2.0-liter EcoBoost Engine, with 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque or a can upgrade to the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque; the later means you can go from zero to sixty in seven seconds. All-Wheel Drive is standard and steering precise. The car handles with a nice sense of control and is also super quiet inside as Lincoln employs Active Noise Control technology.
In all models you’ll find a heated driver’s and passenger’s seats; the MyLincoln Touch system, two USB ports (great for charging both our phones), an SD card reader, keyless entry and push-button star, cruise control, remote start, HID headlamps, reverse sensors, heated mirrors, and more. When a car is in your way if you were to change lanes, a little light lights up on the rear view mirrors to alert you to remain in your lane until it passes. There’s also parallel parking assist and a camera for when you back up as well as the loud beeping in case you are about to back into something. Good for me as I am often in a tight spot.
This was a vehicle we did not want to return, but when we had to, were pleased with the mileage, meaning less money out of pocket for gas. Prices vary, but start around $35,000. Build your Lincoln MKC here.
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