Review and Test Drive: 2016 Lincoln MKX

By Jonathan Spira on 29 August 2016
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Mention the Lincoln brand and many immediate think of the legendary 1961 Lincoln Continental, a masterpiece of design by Elwood Engel, thanks to its elegant and restrained lines and restrained use of chrome at a time when Detroit was madly in love with flamboyant tail fins.

Built on the underpinnings of the Ford Edge, the 2016 Lincoln MKX, a completely redesigned version of the first MKX that hit the auto show circuits in 2006 when it was introduced by Lincoln executives with the pronunciation “Mark X,” a moniker that didn’t last very long, offers drivers a good looking SUV that handles well and cossets its occupants.

The Mark X, sorry MKX is available with either a 3.7-liter V6 or a smaller 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that develops 335 horsepower. The 2.7-liter delivers substantial boost under acceleration although it may need some work on the eco side of things.



Once you open the door, the simple interior doesn’t try to overwhelm with flash but offers rich leather seats, higher-grade plastics, and tastefully done wood and chrome trim, thereby making a statement: this is an American luxury car and we’re proud of it. The seats are both comfortable and supportive although somewhat narrow for our tastes and the large sunroof was as much a treat as was the seat’s massage mode. The seat cooled nicely thanks to the ventilation system but (warning: first world problem) the fans whirred noisily).

The power liftgate and power-folding rear seats means there’s ample room for hauling stuff around town, whatever that stuff may be.

The new MKX comes with the latest and easy-to-use Sync 3 infotainment system, a significant improvement over the slower and counterintuitive Lincoln MyTouch. The push-button shifter takes getting used to (didn’t these go out in the 1950s?) and a trend towards button overload is evident on the dash and center console, and the buttons felt cheap when pressed.

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