REVIEW: 2016 Lincoln MKX Reserve – Luxury, Style and Roominess

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The 2016 Lincoln MKX is completely redesigned this year with an upscale interior befitting Lincoln‘s luxury-brand status. There is real wood with aluminum trims inside a quiet cabin that comfortably seats five passengers.

It clearly targets the luxury-car shopper with its beautiful styling inside and out, but that doesn’t mean it ignores performance. The 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost with 335 horsepower offers plenty of power and makes the MKX fun to drive.

What is it?

The Lincoln MKX sits between the smaller MKC crossover and the larger three-row MKT. It offers an in-between choice for those who put luxury at the top of their list. There’s room to easily seat five adults with ample cargo space. Pricing starting at just under $40,000 and topping out around $70,000 put this squarely in luxury-car territory.


Pricing and trims

The Lincoln MKX is available in three trim levels. Each includes a choice of either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and the base 3.7-liter V6 engine or optional 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost. Pricing starts at $38,260 for the Premiere, $41,550 for the Select, and $45,315 for the Reserve.

There are also four exclusive Black Label special editions with premium interiors. You have your choice of Modern Heritage, Indulgence, Thoroughbred, or Muse at a starting price of $53,475.


Our test car was the Reserve equipped with the 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost and all-wheel drive. Base price was $47,650, but $11,560 in options and an $895 destination charge brought the total up to $60,105.

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Standard safety features on the Lincoln MKX include a rearview camera, multiple airbags, passive anti-theft system, post-crash alert system, tire pressure monitoring, child-safe rear door locks, perimeter alarm, and passive anti-theft system.


Several additional safety features are available individually on select trim levels. This includes inflatable rear outboard safety belts, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and the Enhanced Security Package which requires a valid coded key to avoid drive away theft and electronic lockable storage.

IIHS Lincoln MKX

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the 2016 Lincoln MKX very highly. It received a top score of Good in all crash tests. It also earned the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention. These top scores were enough to make the 2016 Lincoln MKX a 2016 Top Safety Pick+.


There are two different powertrain choices starting with the base 3.7-liter V6 engine with 303 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Our test model came equipped with the optional 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost, which offers 380 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque. Both come paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission.


The 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost delivers a strong performance with excellent response. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a quick start from a stoplight or an extra boost for passing in heavy highway traffic, the Lincoln MKX delivers. It does so quietly without feeling taxed. It is smooth and refined doing the job without complaint.


The 6-speed automatic transmission is well-timed with quick upshifts that help make the most of that EcoBoost engine’s power. It never revs too high, which helps keep it quiet, well-mannered, and unobtrusive.

Ride and handling

Lincoln is a luxury brand and the MKX delivers a luxury experience. It’s an SUV that rides as smoothly as a sedan with a comfortable ride and suspension that evens out rough pavement. Handling is smooth with steering that doesn’t ask too much of the driver.


Although not sporty, the excellent ride quality and strong engine make the MKX fun to drive.

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Front seats are plush with rich leather surfaces and an easy-chair feel that cossets driver and passenger. They’re easily adjustable for varying heights helping ensure good visibility.


Rear seats are equally comfortable, although the middle seat isn’t suited to long drives. It is incredibly roomy with 39.2 inches of headroom and 39.6 inches of legroom.


This beats the Volvo XC60, which has 38.1 inches of headroom and 36.4 inches of legroom. It also bests the Lexus RX with 39.1 inches of headroom and 38.0 inches of legroom.


The Lincoln MKX also bests competitors with 68.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. The space is easily accessible with a low load floor and rear seats that quickly fold down. By comparison, you’ll only have 67.4 cubic feet in the Volvo XC60 and just 59.3 cubic feet in the Lexus RX.


Infotainment and controls

The Lincoln MKX features Sync with MyLincoln Touch and Sync 3 which includes voice-activated navigation and AM/FM/HD Radio with CD player. There are two USB ports, an auxiliary jack, and SD card reader. The 8-inch touchscreen is a bit small but responsive and easy to reach with menus that are quick to learn and make logical sense. The voice activation system easily recognizes commands on the first try.

You can also connect to your Lincoln MKX with the MyLincoln Mobile app. This lets you start, lock and unlock, and locate your vehicle from compatible mobile devices.



The 2016 Lincoln MKX offers a luxury experience for those wanting a mid-size SUV.

It coddles passengers with comfortable leather seats and an appealing interior with real wood trims that add a touch of elegance. It is roomy with plenty of room for cargo and a strong and responsive engine.


The competition in this segment is stiff with comparable vehicles in the same price range. Although a luxury brand, Lincoln isn’t the status symbol it once was, which may deter those looking to make a big impression.

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2016 Lincoln MKX

Base price: $47,650

Price as tested, $60,105 including $895 destination charge:


2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost Engine: $2,000

Cargo Accessories Package: $175
Cargo area mat
Rear bumper protector

Climate Package: $595
Heated rear seats
Heated steering wheel
Rain sensing wipers

Technology Package: $1,720
Active park assist
Front park aid sensors
Front video camera

Driver Assistance Package: $1,650
Interior mirror with camera
Lane keeping system
Adaptive cruise control
Active braking

Luxury Package: $4,400
Adaptive LED headlamps
Revel Ultima audio
AM/FM/HD radio
Single CD player
20-inch premium painted wheels

Class II Trailer Towing Package: $645

Cappuccino Premium Leather Trim: $375


  • Comfortable Seats
  • Lots of Cargo Space
  • Luxurious Interior


  • Expensive Options
  • High Price for Top Trims
  • Small Infotainment Screen
Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin