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by Tony West and Sommer Thornton
The 2016 Lincoln MKX is a marvel to the mid-size crossover segment. With all-new swag and interior tech, the $38k whip proves itself to be worth every penny. Standard LED lighting includes a dope welcome mat feature that projects the Lincoln logo on the ground as the driver approaches. And the interior features heated and cooled seats with an enchanting massage function for the front seats and a 13-speaker Revel audio system. New innovative technology is boundless with this whip. And the sophisticated style has athletic, efficient design cues coupled with a roomy interior replete with advanced safety and comfort technology. The Lincoln MKX, fully loaded is a whip I never wanted to leave.
Striking Design Athletic and Family Friendly
Few mid-size whips have swag like the 2016 Lincoln MKX. It takes on every aspect of design and gives it a unique edge. The new MKX is striking from a far, low and wide, with hood and side creases, a big split-winged grilled, and a panoramic sunroof. LED daytime running lights are standard while full LED lighting all-around comes alive with the Lincoln Experience. As the driver approaches within 9 feet of the SUV, the LED daytime running lights illuminate followed by the LED logo projecting on the ground as the side mirrors auto-fold; then door handles and interior sequence all illuminate in symphony.
The 2016 Lincoln MKX also features dual chrome exhausts tips, a panoramic vista roof with multiple levels, available power lift gate, cool wrap-around LED tail light blades and a strip across the trunk, and available 21 inch polished aluminum wheels. Adaptive HID headlights and configurable daytime running lights are also available.
The 2016 MKX is ideal as a family car, with a roomy 5-passenger interior that can be customized with entertainment technology for everyone. But the whip is also stylish for ladies to stunt with a sophisticated edge. Plus, with an efficient V6 Ecoboost engine, the whip is powerful, aggressive, and fun.
Advanced Lux Customizable Interior
The 2016 MKX’s best attributes are on the inside, but that’s not saying much. The spacious cabin is replete with leather and wood with an innovative sweeping center. With push-button gear shifts in the center console, the flowing lines extend from the instrument panels to the doors creating a feeling of openness.
Supple cappuccino premium leather seats have cool perforations and stitching. Subtle chrome accents add a touch of class on the scuff plates, speakers and paddle shifters. While wood trim in the center and on the doors shows classic flair. Ambient lighting can be customized to different colors and intensities. And the panoramic vista roof has a cool sunshade and adjustable levels.
The 2016 Lincoln MXX’s interior isn’t just frills, it has superior comfort and functionality. The front driver’s seat has an ultra-comfy lumbar adjustment for optional 22-way adjustable seats (16-way standard) and has 3 position memory and a leg cushion extender. The massage function for the front passengers is optimal for all shapes and weights, and perfect for long drives. Cool rubber plastic on the floor between the front seat and the door is easier to clean. And there’s ample space under the seats for easy cleaning and added storage.
The $700 Climate package adds a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated rear seats. Remote start and keyless entry are standard with push-button start.
It’s also cool that all 5 passengers can relax in luxury with ample legroom. And an Easy Entry system can auto recall the seat and steering wheel position when started, and move the driver’s seat 2 inches back, move the steering wheel up to full position and deflate the sides when you turn off the engine.
Buttons replacing the gear shifts is great and saves a ton of space. But the design can be troublesome with Park and Reverse next to each other and start button being so close to the climate control buttons. There’s also an awkward shelf behind the center stack with a pass through outlet. Storage is plentiful with 2 shelves in the center, 2 side pockets on each door, more than 5 cup holders, a concealed storage area in the center stack and a big center console. Another functional innovation is the center console’s two-button clamshell doors that allow for one side to be open while the passenger’s arm isn’t disturbed.
The steering wheel is classy with controls for audio, phone, cruise control and the multi-information display. The Lincoln MKX’s multi info digital dash has typical Ford technology. But I love how the left and right displays can show an array of settings to customize everything from the Easy/Entry Exit, locks, mirrors, interior lighting, headlights, power lift gate, remote start, windows, wipers, and safety features like Lincoln Drive Control and the MyKey function.
Comfort and sophistication make the Lincoln’s interior experience unforgettable. Most of its mid-size crossover peers can’t brag that because they are not nearly as stylish. Plus the MKX is customizable in every imaginable way. Along with a banging Revel sound system with Sirius XM Satellite radio, the 2016 MKX boasts SYNC with My Lincoln Touch on its standard 7 inch touch screen. Sync is Lincoln’s hand’s free voice recognition system.
My Lincoln Touch makes accessing the phone, entertainment, navigation, and settings easy with controls for each on the home screen. And there’s a cool 360 degree view created with 12 ultrasonic sensors and cameras all around the whip for reversing and parking.
The navigation system is cool too featuring Sirius XM Traffic, Sirius XM TravelLink, GPS, 3D mapping, turn-by-turn directions and innovative map and route preferences. More routes are provide with the option of avoiding freeways, traffic jams, toll roads and ferries, with helpful icons for accidents road work, accidents, along with warnings, weather alerts, and smog alerts.
The MXK is also equipped with Wi-Fi.
Impressive Performance with Power and Precision
The 2016 Lincoln MKX has a road performance that embodies its “quiet luxury” persona. Passengers of this mobile condo are insulated in a cocoon of comfort as the whip glides and attacks the road. The 5-passenger whip boasts a standard 3.7 liter Ecoboost V6 engine with 303 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 278 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.
A 2.7 liter turbocharged TV-VCT Ecoboost engine is also available with an impressive 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. The 2016 MKX we reviewed had a 24 mpg highway EPA (19 mpg combined/ 17 mpg city.) And both engine choices are matched to a 6 speed automatic transmission with SelectShift. The advanced 6-speed allows me to push over 100 mph and still be in 3rd gear. The 2016 MKX is front-wheel drive standard. But the advanced intelligent all-wheel drive is a must-have adding refined road precision in all conditions.
Fluid and responsive electric power steering is standard. For the first time, Adaptive steering is available that works with braking and stability systems to provides 360 degree fluidity and auto-correction.
I love how the MKX can attack the road, roaring with a press of the gas. Yet the whip doesn’t feel bulky or out of control at high speeds. That’s mainly thanks to Lincoln Drive Control and its integral rear link suspension. Lincoln Drive Control monitors road conditions and driver input to optimize damping, steering, active noise control, stability and throttle control. Lincoln Drive Control also adds a Comfort, Normal and Sport drive modes. Although Sport mode feels like Normal mode it still has extra torque on-demand with added agility and responsiveness. Comfort mode feels balanced like an Eco Mode.
Continuously control damping give driver’s the ultimate confidence swerving between lanes and bending corners. It dynamically adjusts shock absorbers in real time to react to changing conditions in a millisecond. And the MKX has excellent handling in snow, rain, and more course terrain.
The 2016 MKX is also great because it has the aggression of a Navigator with the refinement of a family van. Cornering is precise. But braking with the 4-wheel disc brakes is sometimes scary when the big-body doesn’t stop on a dime. And it may be the automatic engine shut down feature, similar to start/stop, that makes the MKX feel jerky when I’m pulling off from a stop. The car sometimes even rolls back a spell when put in park, even when not on an incline.
Innovative Sophisticated Safety Tech
Safety features in the MKX are countless starting with a multitude of sensors and camera’s around the whip. Standard features include AdvanceTrac, ABS, EBD, stability control, and parking aids. The blind spot information system saved my life many times as did the reverse sensing system that detected small obscurities blocked by the sun’s rays.
I also like the sophisticated Lane Keeping Assist System that alerts the driver that they’re swerving with an illustration in the MID turning from green to yellow, to red, then making gentle corrections to steering to push the car back in its lane. Auto Hold, a new feature is helpful on an incline, holding the brake at a stop without the driver having to keep their foot pressed down.
Updated Pre Collision assist warns the driver of an impending forward collision by monitoring two cars ahead and braking the whip if needed with Active Braking. My only issue with the safety of the Lincoln is that some of the sensors are a bit OCD. Warnings would sound for sensitive sensors on side. One example is when I was parked and cars drove passed and the side sensors went cray. And while driving on the expressway, the side zone alerts would sound even though my lane change signal wasn’t on. One time, snow fell from the roof of the whip and the sensors went off.
The $1,720 Technology Package adds the Active Park Assist, front and rear parking sensors, and front video cameras. The Driver Assistance Package is the same price and includes a camera on the interior mirror, the lane keeping system, adaptive cruise control, and adaptive braking. And the $4k Luxury Package adds adaptive LED headlights and the upgraded Revel Ultima Audio System with 13 speakers, QuantumLogic Surround Sound technology and a 12 channel Class D amplifier.
I could talk for days about the 2016 Lincoln MKX. It’s simply one of the more worthwhile crossovers on the market poised to dominate its segment with style, class and practical innovations.