The verdict: Redesigned for 2016, the new Lincoln MKX is a striking-looking midsize affluence SUV featuring an overhauled, but beneath interesting, interior.
Versus the competition: The MKX’s knockout appearance and admeasurement advantage over analogously priced bunched affluence SUVs may not be abundant to abduction buyers absorbed in an immersive affluence experience.
The 2016 Lincoln MKX is adapted in a big way, with a complete autogenous and exoteric check advancement Lincoln’s adventurous in the affluence SUV market. Compare the 2016 with the approachable 2015 MKX here. Its abject 303-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 agent carries over, while the brilliant of the appearance is a anew accessible 335-hp, twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 that’s alternative on all trim levels: Premier, Select, Reserve and Black Label, from atomic to best expensive.
I collection a Reserve trim with the alternative EcoBoost agent and all-wheel drive.
While Buick has commercials touting its exoteric architecture as so un-Buick that bodies won’t admit a new one aback they see it, Lincoln walks the walk; the redesigned 2016 MKX’s administration is calmly on par with its German affluence competitors. The MKX is an adorable midsize affluence SUV with adult yet chic curves. It makes for a adventurous presence. Intricate accessible LED headlights and a audible abridgement of gaudy, affected chrome accompany chic to this midsize affluence SUV. It’s a acceptable change; in its antecedent generation, the MKX lacked annihilation in the administration administration to accomplish it angle out in a crowd.
One block in the all-embracing aftereffect is the cheap-looking, dull-gray lower anatomy cladding that stretches over the fenders and surrounds the basal of the accomplished SUV. Best affluence SUVs use some array of anatomy cladding like the Lincoln’s, including the berserk styled Lexus RX, which has basal accents, or the BMW X3, which appearance arresting cladding on lower trim levels that’s alone corrective on assertive trim packages. Lincoln’s MKX abstraction gave us an abstraction what the SUV could attending like afterwards the cladding, but the accumulation MKX’s animal anatomy cladding is actuality to break on every trim level.
More able alternative engines are commonplace in affluence SUVs, and the MKX gets one of those too for 2016. With 335 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque, the 2.7-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 makes 32 added application and a whopping 102 added pounds-feet of torque than the base, artlessly aspirated V-6. All that ability is acceptable accustomed the ample 4,447-pound barrier weight of an all-wheel-drive MKX with EcoBoost engine, and it’s the affectionate of abscond a affluence SUV deserves. (Front-wheel drive additionally is offered with this engine, as it is with the abject V-6.)
The EcoBoost is a must-have advantage for its clarification and on-demand power, accumulated with EPA-estimated gas breadth that matches the abject agent in front-wheel-drive models. With all-wheel drive, its ammunition abridgement is 1 mpg bigger in EPA-estimated burghal and artery ratings, admitting it carries the aforementioned 19 mpg accumulated appraisement as the 3.7-liter (it’s a rounding affair based on raw data). While there’s no mpg hit with the EcoBoost, wallets will be hit with the $2,000 it takes to add it. It absolutely isn’t that bad, though, because the minimum $5,000 bare to get from a base, turbocharged BMW X3 or Audi Q5 four-cylinder to the more-powerful six-cylinder accessible in each. Compare the MKX with those competitors here.
“Athletic” doesn’t absolutely call how the MKX drives and handles. It’s bigger than the analogously priced X3 or Q5, which are added fun to drive. The MKX bigger executes abundance and ride quality, with a well-isolated berth befitting wind and alley babble on the alfresco and a anatomy that keeps alveolate anchorage from ruining the autogenous experience. The MKX does accept a adventurous ancillary to it in Sport mode, area the agent and manual are added acknowledging and the adaptive abeyance tightens up to abate anatomy motion in cornering. Lincoln’s adaptive abeyance with adjustable compactness is included with all-wheel drive, which adds $2,495 to the amount of an MKX.
The MKX’s autogenous won’t bead any aperture with its bourgeois design, abnormally compared with article like the new Lexus RX. Still, actual affection is absorbing in areas such as the aluminum accents of the alternative Revel stereo on the aperture panel, additional the adorable and accurate copse accents on the aperture panel, council caster and centermost console. Compare the MKX with the RX here.
Elsewhere, the MKX’s amplitude avalanche short, including the window and ability mirror switches and the buttons for the push-button manual accessory selector. I absolutely don’t apperception application the angular accumbent accessory selector buttons, abnormally while assuming three-point turns, accustomed Reverse and Drive are calmly abutting to the council wheel. I’d hoped Lincoln would class-up the buttons themselves, though, which are agnate to those in the entry-level MKC SUV.
The banal and collapsed centermost ascendancy animate and dashboard additionally are eerily agnate to the MKC both in actual affection and design. Lincoln absent an befalling actuality to ability a different and high-quality design.
Comfort is baron in the MKX. The alternative “Bridge of Weir” branded covering on Select and aloft trim levels is costly as it wraps the admiring and comfortable seats. Acrimonious advanced seats are standard, and an alternative $595 Climate Amalgamation adds a acrimonious council caster and acrimonious rear seats.
One MKX affection is unparalleled in the affluence SUV segment, and that’s the alternative 19-speaker Revel stereo that’s included in the $4,400 Affluence Amalgamation on Reserve trims. I don’t anamnesis actuality afflicted with a branch stereo as abundant as this one aback the aboriginal examples of Audi’s Bang & Olufsen. The Revel’s chest-thumping ability is evocative of a able home amphitheater system. It’s abnormally advantageous aback active to high-quality music, not a aeroembolism MP3 file.
What’s best important to bethink is that MKXs already are rolling off the accumulation band with Sync 3. Early-production MKXs bogus in backward 2015 accept the old, outdated, hard-to-use MyLincoln Touch with the 8-inch touch-screen, which was what our analysis car had. Thankfully, the arrangement now is controlled with absolute buttons and dials instead of capacitive touch-sensitive controls, but it’s still an aging, approachable system. Sync 3, which we’ve activated in Ford models, is awfully improved, with an easier-to-use interface.
The 8-inch multimedia awning additionally displays the alternative 360-degree camera, which is allotment of a $1,720 Technology Amalgamation that shows a top-down appearance of the SUV complete from assorted cameras. We’ve acclimated agnate 360-degree cameras in added affluence and non-luxury cars, and this accurate one isn’t done actual well. The abstracted camera images aren’t stitched calm in a actual advantageous way, and the provided guidelines accomplish it adamantine to acquaint area the caster rests in affiliation to a curb. The 360-degree camera in Nissans, Infinitis and BMWs accommodate a added advantageous anatomy of this affection that’s basal for parking.
Gargantuan burden amplitude is a big advantage of the MKX compared with abate but analogously priced affluence SUVs. The MKX measures 37.2 cubic anxiety abaft the backseat, while the Audi Q5 has 29.1 cubic anxiety of space, the BMW X3 27.6 cubic anxiety and the RX 18.4 cubic feet.
If arduous admeasurement isn’t enough, a ability liftgate with a kick-to-open activity is included on Select trim levels and higher, in which annexation a bottom beneath the rear bonanza automatically opens the ability liftgate. It’s a affection that becomes actual adamantine to do afterwards at the grocery abundance afterwards you get acclimated to accepting it.
Up front, the MKX’s avant-garde multi-tiered centermost accumulator animate provides assorted layers of storage, admitting the aperture isn’t big abundant to abode or retrieve items quickly.
The 2016 Lincoln MKX accustomed a best all-embracing appraisement from the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration, the agency’s accomplished score. The Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance hasn’t performed its abounding array of blast tests, but the MKX accustomed the agency’s best account of acceptable in moderate-overlap advanced and ancillary blast tests. If added after-effects are published, they will arise here.
Like the 360-degree camera, addition bit of technology that could use adorning is the alternative lane befitting assist, which corrects the SUV’s aisle aback it starts to alluvion out of its lane. But the MKX’s activity isn’t as aesthetic as added systems; it jerks the council caster instead of acclaim affective the car aback into its lane. Luckily, there are assorted modes to acclimatize arrangement acuteness for a added airy operation, as able-bodied as aloof an active approach that won’t booty any self-correcting action.
Lane befitting abetment is included in a $1,650 Driver Assistance Amalgamation forth with adaptive cruise control, which additionally includes Pre-Collision Abetment with Pedestrian Protection. Pre-Collision Abetment automatically brakes if it detects an approaching collision, and it can additionally analyze pedestrians. The acuteness of the arrangement is adjustable via the agenda dashboard menu. A complete account of assurance appearance is here, and you can see how able-bodied the MKX carries child-safety seats here.
The MKX competes with a advanced ambit of analogously priced affluence SUVs at its $39,025 starting price, including abate ones such as the BMW X3 ($39,945) and Audi Q5 ($41,825) and added appropriately sized competitors such as the Lexus RX ($42,840). The MKX is the alone one of those to action accepted acrimonious seats, and alone the BMW matches its accepted anamnesis driver’s seat. The MKX’s accessible Revel high-end stereo, adaptive assurance features, adjustable-firmness abeyance and turbocharged V-6 are additionally requisite offerings amid affluence SUVs.
Where the MKX comes up abbreviate is in alms a floor-to-ceiling affluence experience. There are top-notch executions in some areas, but you won’t acquisition the complete amalgamation you’ll get in the Lexus RX’s stylishly crafted interior. All tallied up with $12,550 account of options, our analysis car was priced $61,125. The MKX’s autogenous administration is aloof a little too conservative, too abundant like the entry-level MKC, to absolutely angle out in this chic for its allurement price.