Lincoln’s storied brand has seen plenty of ups and downs over its long lifespan of 99 years. With the rise in popularity of import luxury vehicles, SUV/CUV/Crossovers specifically, the Ford-owned brand had some serious re-strategizing to do in order to stay relevant. And while there were industry rumblings of their demise, Lincoln had other plans. Debuting in 2007, the Oakville built MKX was a solid entry into the market as an upscale Ford Edge and did make an effective size dent in the market.
With the 2016 model being the first of the second generation, Lincoln’s mid-sized crossover offers buyers tremendous value for money in hopes of keeping Canadian drivers in their available 22 way adjustable heated/cooled/massaging power seats. And it definitely quieted any rumors of the brand going away.
The 2016 Lincoln MKX certainly has a handsome look, regardless of what angle you see it from. It’s elegant, athletic and curvy in all the right spots. The split wing grille flows into the standard HID headlights (adaptive LED highlights are an option) and the thin tail lights bookend the vehicle nicely.
The available 21” premium painted wheels certainly don’t hurt either.
The digital welcome mat upon the drivers approach is a classy touch and the Lincoln logo on the front end pops out to reveal an available front camera to assist in parking.
Now if only they could make the rear camera hidden as well while not in use. That’d drastically reduce any dirt/mud/snow/etc that currently accumulates on exposed rear cameras.
With All Wheel Drive, true dual exhaust and a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters as standard fare, there are two engines to pick from.
The 3.7L V6 puts out 303 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque.
The 2.7L Ecoboost V6 slams 335 horsepower and a whopping 380 lb-ft of torque, so there’ll never be any issues on getting up to speed with so much torque.
Fuel economy for the 3.7 is 14.4 city and 10.3 highway for L/100km.
Fuel economy for the 2.7 is 14.1 city and 9.7 highway for L/100km.
While these figures are good, I would’ve liked to see something lower, even by a couple of litres per 100 km/h
With 72 litres to fill the tank (87 is accepted by 93 is recommended), you’ll maximize fuel at highway speeds over city jostling.
The drive quality is wonderful, quiet, smooth and nimble for a vehicle of this size, mainly in part to Lincoln’s Drive Control feature that monitors road conditions and adjusts the vehicle accordingly.
There’s definitely a car-esque feel behind the wheel, which is impressive given the size of the MKX.
Happily, the Lincoln folks have captured the fun factor of the MKC and transferred into its big brother.
The 2.7L engine in my tester was peppy, responsive and light spirited as I did a mix of urban and rural driving. With the boost in horsepower and torque, my guess is that there’ll be more of these than the 3.7 engine on the road.
Inside the 2016 MKX is where you’ll find absolute beauty and comfort, starting with the luxurious Bridge of Weir leather seats, real walnut or ash wood along with aluminum accents that give a very high end feel to this high end crossover.
My favourite part was the available (and well used during my week) 22 way adjustable aforementioned seats. Who doesn’t appreciate a massage while toting around in a luxury vehicle?
Even without the massage feature, the seats were incredibly comfortable and I’d definitely use one as my office chair (hint,hint, Lincoln!) And yes, 3 adults can fit comfortably in the rear seats.
With their signature push button gear column, there’s plenty of storage space up front for phones, drinks, charging cables, iPods, etc.
The dashboard layout is clean and simple and the eight-inch touch screen console is responsive and mated to the SYNC system and the hands free power lift gate makes it that much easier to keep your hands full without fumbling for the rear door release.
The MKX lets you choose your interior ambiance colors, which is another nice touch.
There’s a mile long list of available technology, including:
Blind spot monitoring
Lane keeping system
Cross traffic alerts
360 degree camera
Adaptive cruise control
Hill start assist
Not bad, Lincoln. Not bad at all.
Oh, and the available panoramic vista roof really opens up the cabin space-wise.
Speaking of space, there’s 1,055 litres in the trunk and 1,948 litres with the rear seats folded, which is plenty of space for whatever your car travel needs are.
The available Revel Ultima 19-speaker sound system actually rebuilds audio details that are compromised is some digital files (think CD vs MP3 quality differences) so that no matter where your digital track is sourced from, it’ll come out crystal clear in the MKX.
Lincoln’s 2016 MKX offers tremendous value for the money. Starting in the mid-40’s, there’s plenty of luxury to be enjoyed and experienced in this crossover.
There’s also a ton of available options that build upon an already strong offering from this North American luxury brand.
Between the MKX and the MKC along with upcoming vehicles, the Lincoln brand is getting plenty of attention for all the right reasons.
If you’re in the market for a luxury crossover, give Lincon’s MKX a chance to impress you.
2016 Lincoln MKX
Base price: $45,890
Options included in test vehicle
$100 Federal Excise Tax
$700 Ruby Red tri-coat, ebony perforated leather seats
$5,100 Climate package (heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, rain sensing wipers, interior mirror with camera)
$350 Cargo utility package
$1,100 Technology package (active park assist, 360 degree camera, front park aid sensors)
$1,950 Driver assistance package (lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, collision warning and avoidance)
$2,950 2.7 Ecoboost package (21″ premium wheels)
$5,500 Luxury package (adaptive headlights, Revel II Audio package,)
$150 All weather floor mats
$500 Class II trailer tow package
$250 Aluminum trim
$1,175 22-way driver seat
$75 Enhanced security
$1,800 Destination and delivery
Total price as tested: $67,590
Yay: Great looks, lots of luxury and value for the price, 2.7L engine performs quite well, solid fit and finish and those sweet 22-way seats
Nay: Could stand to have slightly better city mileage, option sheet can bring up the cost of the car quickly if you want major bells and whistles