There is a popular car commercial that shows a young, attractive female telling another, “My grandfather owned one of those cars.” The other responded, “That certainly doesn’t look like a grandfather.” At least, that’s the essence of the statement. After a week-long test-drive of the new 2016 Lincoln MKX, I can say, “This Lincoln is certainly not like your grandmother’s Lincoln, either.”
The new MKX is a mid-size crossover SUV that does not even pretend to be the Lincoln we remember from our childhood days. Those were big, luxurious, big, powerful, big, attractive, and big. Did I mention how big those old Lincoln cars seemed to be? This Lincoln MKX is just the right size. It has been completely redesigned for 2016 and is much more competitive in a crowded segment.
The MKX is well-equipped, has a spacious rear seat area, a really quiet interior, and a very comfortable ride. The overall affect is one that offers a lot more interior room, a better driving engine, and higher-quality materials. The backseat provides a lot of legroom and can seat three adults fairly comfortably. However, there is no third row seat, which is occasionally available in other mid-size SUV’s.
The powerplant is a 3.7-liter V-6, but that is not new. An option, which was furnished in the test-drive model, was a very strong, 2.7-liter V-6 that was turbocharged. The turbocharged V-6 pulls the vehicle well, yet fairly smooth. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The new Lincoln MKX drips luxury on the inside, including leather almost everywhere, even on the dashboard. There is a huge glass sunroof that really lightens up the inside, while half of the sunroof can be opened for ventilation and star-gazing. For SUV enthusiasts, the test-drive model came equipped with all-wheel-drive, a good-sized powered liftgate, power-folding rear seats, and more.
The base prices for the 2016 Lincoln MKX models are advertised from $38,100 to $47,650. Standard features include extras such as push-button shifting, much like my ‘old’ 1956 Plymouth. The MKX also had front and rear parking sensors, active noise control, heated and cooled front seats, and more. The base price on the test-drive model was $47,650, but a lot of extra-charge options were added. These included a trailer-tow package, a technology package, upgraded audio system, and a special ruby-red metallic paint job. These upgrades and the delivery charges boosted the bottom sticker price up to $61,170.
The new MKX is EPA rated at 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 19 mpg average. For the week, the test-drive model showed an overall mileage of 22 mpg which included a lot of backroads in East Texas that were certainly off the highway. The government safety ratings show an overall vehicle score of five stars.