Review of the 2016 Lincoln MKX
Since its inception in 1917, the Lincoln Motor Company has been universally known as the luxury brand of American vehicles alongside Cadillac. Their beautiful designs are highly appealing when spotting vehicles on the road and their comfortable ride gives Cadillac a run for its money.
The Lincoln MXK first debuted in 2007, many potential customers were recommended to consider the MKX’s competition instead. Why was this? For starters, it was lacking in certain areas that other vehicles were excelling in including cabin materials and the overall driving experience. During those formative years, the MKX was compared to the Ford Edge, and Lincoln didn’t much care for the comparison. Though some changes were made here and there, it took a long production run before Lincoln realized its mistakes and no longer wanted to fall behind in the luxury SUV crossover category. This is where the 2016 Lincoln MKX story begins.
The 2016 Lincoln MKX is completely redesigned. Its main competition is the Lexus RX and, while RX sales dwarf those of the MKX’s, the MKX has been described as simply being better than the RX.
As opposed to previous MKX model years and it’s so-so design, the 2016 revamp has garnered worldwide attention. Sleek doesn’t even begin to describe the attractiveness of this vehicle. Because of the redesign and several other changes to the vehicle, it is now a more competitive midsize luxury crossover SUV than ever before. As a result, the 2016 Lincoln MKX was named one of Edmund’s Best Used Luxury SUVs for 2016.
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2016 Lincoln MKX Review
The 2016 Lincoln MKX comes in four trim levels: Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. The Premiere is handsomely equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension dampers (AWD models), automatic xenon headlights, LED taillights, keyless ignition and entry, remote engine start, rear parking sensors, rear privacy glass, heated side mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, active noise cancellation, heated eight-way power front seats, driver memory, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a reclining second-row seat with power-folding seatbacks. The available technology is impressive with voice controls, Bluetooth phone and audio connections, a rearview camera, configurable instrument cluster, central 8-inch display with a touchscreen interface, and a 10-speaker audio system with CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary input, and two USB ports.
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The Select trim includes all of the above, plus LED daytime running lights, power-folding side mirrors, a hands-free power liftgate, leather upholstery, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and wood trim. If you’d like to spring for the navigation system and blind-spot/rear cross-traffic warning systems, the Select Plus package is available. The Reserve trim includes 20-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, ventilated front seats, mobile-app compatibility, panoramic sunroof, and everything included in the Select Plus package. Finally, the Black Label trim takes everything above and then some including flashy 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, a simulated suede headliner, high-quality leather upholstery, and a Revel Ultima 19-speaker surround-sound audio system with HD radio. Every Black Label receives a selection from four design themes (Indulgence, Modern Heritage, Muse, and Thoroughbred). Each selection changes the trim and upholstery color along with the headliner and carpeting.
The base engine in the 2016 MKX is a 3.7-liter V6 generating 303 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Also available is the 2.7-liter V6 that produces 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is coupled to each engine and front-wheel drive is standard. The MKX can tow up to 3,500 pounds if needed.
The 2016 Lincoln MKX is an incredibly luxurious vehicle and one you need to get your hands on. It’s the next best choice for those that can’t afford a Lexus RX.
2016 Lincoln MKX Specs
- Engine: V6 3.7 Liter
- Trim: Premier FWD
- Class: Premium Mid-Size Utility
- Horsepower: 303 @ 6500 rpm
- Transmission: SelectShift® 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode
- Body Style: SUV/Crossover
- Drivetrain: FWD
- Fuel Type: Unleaded Regular
- Seating Capacity: 5 persons
2016 Lincoln MKX Gas Mileage
The 2016 Lincoln MKX fuel efficiency is rated at 17 City/25 Highway by the EPA.
2016 Lincoln MKX Safety
The 2016 Lincoln MKX received an Overall Rating of Five Stars out of Five with the only five-or-below rating coming from the Rollover test that resulted in Four Stars. The IIHS rated the 2016 Lincoln MKX as Good for categories including Moderate Overlap Front Test, Side Impact Test, Rear Crash Protection, Roof Strength, and Small Overlap Front Driver Test. The Small Overlap Front Passenger Test, Headlights Results, and Front Crash Prevention are not rated.
Safety features on the vehicle include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, integrated blind spot mirrors, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. Also included is the MyKey system that allows parents to preset vehicle speed and stereo volume for first-time or teen drivers.
What It Is…
- Luxury on four wheels.
- The first year of a complete redesign.
- Full of fantastic features even for the base model.
What It Isn’t…
- An offroading vehicle.
- An SUV for a young family.
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