2016 Lincoln MKX Review

Inside The 2016 Lincoln MKX

Freshly redesigned, the 2016 Lincoln MKX flaunts a new look, a more spacious passenger compartment, higher quality interior upholstery and trim, and a new turbocharged engine. With these changes, Lincoln’s mid-size crossover SUV is now equipped to stand direct comparisons with the industry’s best—even outfitted in its most basic trim level.


Further, its new sleeker styling looks just as good in front of an upscale restaurant as it does parked among family ferries at soccer practice. The standard 18-inch alloy wheels nicely enhance the muscular profile, but it looks even better with the 20-inch wheels fitted to my test model. While some might decry the Lincoln MKX as being too closely related to its Ford Edge cousin, Ford does offer some of the most tech-laden models extant.

Thus, it comes as little surprise to find features such as voice controls, active noise cancellation, and an eight-inch touchscreen hosting Ford’s outstanding Sync 3 infotainment interface listed among the roster of standard features. Start talking options and you’ll find amenities such as automated parking, a handsfree power liftgate (with a foot sensor under the rear bumper), smart headlights, intelligent cruise control, a reconfigurable virtual instrument panel, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and rear cross traffic alert.


For the record, I am a huge fan of the optional 22-way power-adjustable front seats. Heated, cooled, and outfitted with a massage function, even the squirmiest passengers readily find comfort within their embrace. To make configuring the seats easy, all of their controls are presented on the eight-inch touchscreen in the center stack. Rear-seat legroom is acceptable for the class, and three adults can ride back there quite comfortably. The cargo compartment is good for 37.2 cubic feet of capacity with the rear seats deployed, and 68.8 cubic feet with them folded.

Power for the MKX I test-drove came from a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 with 335 horsepower and 380 ft-lbs of torque. This was fed to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. (Front-wheel drive is the standard powertrain configuration.) The first time I nailed the Lincoln's throttle to execute a passing maneuver, I was very pleasantly surprised to discover the 2.7-liter engine’s ready ability to consign other traffic to the MKX’s rearview mirror. Happily, even with all its sophistication, the new MKX is also a true “Hot Rod Lincoln”.


The MKX also acquits itself commendably when changes of direction are required. Yes, a BMW X3 will out corner the MKX, but the Lincoln negotiates serpentine lanes with dignity. What's more, in addition to committed roadholding, the adaptive suspension system delivers a luxurious ride. Further, in normal day-to-day driving, the MKX is exceptionally quiet (remember the active noise cancellation feature we mentioned earlier?).

As good as it is in those situations, with the Lincoln's smart cruise control, lane keep assist, and quiet interior, the MKX also becomes a near-insatiable devourer of miles on the highway. As good as it is at everything else, long distance travel is definitely the 2016 Lincoln MKX’s killer app.


Pricing starts at $38,260.


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