What Is It?
The 2016 Lincoln MKX, which is based on the Ford Edge, marks the start of an all-new generation for Lincoln’s midsize crossover. The latest model will offer a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, which was first seen in the satisfying new F-150 pickup. Preliminary output figures are roughly 330 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque, which would make the MKX EcoBoost one of the most powerful non-V8 crossovers on the market. The base engine will continue to be the corporate 3.7-liter V6, rated at 300 hp and 280 lb-ft. Fuel economy has yet to be determined.
As usual, a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive will be standard on the 2016 MKX, with all-wheel drive offered as an option. A panoply of new features joins the equipment roster, including a 360-degree parking camera, enhanced parking assist (with a full array of parking sensors and self-parking capability), smartphone-app integration with remote vehicle access and a high-end Revel Ultima premium audio system with 19 speakers, surround-sound technology and a 20-channel amplifier. There’s also a 13-speaker Revel system offered on midgrade trims. Lincoln notes that Revel is Harman’s high-end brand, so these are new offerings from a familiar audio supplier.
Lincoln is confident about the MKX’s new design, inside and out. Exterior highlights include available full-LED headlights (a Lincoln first), prominent contours that flow back from the rear doors and Lincoln’s signature full-width rear light bar. There is no doubt about it: The MKX is a nice-looking automobile. Inside, optional 22-way active front seats vault this Lincoln into European territory, while the new dashboard features mostly premium materials and a smooth design flow from the center console up through the crisp, colorful MyLincoln Touch infotainment interface. Another cool feature is the phased interior LED lighting, with different areas lighting up one by one (footwells, cupholders, center pass-through and instrument panel) when you enter the vehicle.
Also noteworthy is the 2016 Lincoln MKX’s pre-collision assist system, which alerts the driver to collision threats and can automatically apply the brakes if you don’t respond in time. This feature is increasingly common on luxury vehicles, and it’s good to see that Lincoln is keeping up.
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Lincoln’s really making an effort these days, and if the new MKX drives as good as it looks, this could be a top midsize choice.
Other Cars to Consider
2014 Volkswagen Touareg — The Touareg offers an excellent diesel V6, sophisticated road manners and subtle luxury in an off-road-ready package.
Used Land Rover Range Rover — Seriously, you can find low-mileage previous-generation Range Rovers for MKX money if you shop around. That’s a lot of SUV for the buck.