Elegant styled 2016 Licoln MKX comes with 2.7 liter twin turbo six cylinder producing 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, while Lincoln MKX base comes with 3.7 liter naturally aspirate six cylinder to produce 303 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. All wheel drive weighs more 300 making us assume front wheel system will be quicker but it consumes 6.9 seconds to touch 60 mph from standstill which is only 0.9 seconds behind all wheel drive MKX and 1.3 seconds behind Ford Edge Sport which produces 315 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque.
Suspension being comfort oriented makes rear axle gets heavy under acceleration, making wheelspin aimless. When power and steering acts together it requires both hands to be on steering to keep it straight, making stability worse with brake feeling more on front wheels than others. Torque to rear wheels falls short and requires repetitive torque to provide at rear wheels. Noise cancellation technology remains good with 64 decibels noted at 70 mph, which is quieter than Ford Edge Sport. Adaptive dampers is able to absorb bumps very nicely providing smooth ride. Front wheel drive system now provide ease to change mode settings where in all wheel drive driver has to dig into infotainment to switch modes. Steering remains precise even at higher speeds. We felt brake pedal to be oversensitive at times. MKX front wheel consumes 186 feet to get it stop from 70 mph which is 15 feet longer consumed in all wheel drive system and 10 feet longer found in Ford Edge Sport all wheel drive. Dynamic behavior remain absent in all wheel drive. EPA remains 17/24 mpg and 17/26 mpg city/highway rating in all wheel drive and front wheel drive respectively.
Add ons in front wheel drive available as lane keep assist, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and interior mirror with camera for $1650, active park assist, 360 degree camera and front parking sensors for $1720, rear seatbelts($250), Revel audio system($1155), heated rear seats, rain sensing wipers and heated steering wheels for $595, white platinum paint($695), enhanced security tag($60), 22 way front seats($1500). Lower doors panels and center console with hard plastics, black upholstery, shiny vinyl on dash and upper door panels. Conventional buttons and knobs for climate and audio controls. Rear seat with more room. Black Label trim comes with real metal and wood with Venetian leather, available in four themes as Indulgence, Modern Heritage, Thoroughbred, The Muse.
2016 Licoln MKX is able to overcome earlier version loop holes, but remains a lesser choice over Audi and Mercedes-Benz though.