Lincoln's midsize crossover gets a thorough redo this year that includes a newly available engine and more youthful styling. The model range has been expanded to cover a broader swath of the luxury market.
What's New for 2016
The MKX has been completely redesigned.
Choosing Your Lincoln MKX
The reborn MKX retains last year's 303-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. However, you can now upgrade to a 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 for $2,000, which provides 330 horsepower and significantly more torque—not to mention slightly better fuel efficiency. All-wheel drive can paired with either engine for $2,495.
The base price has decreased a tad, while additional trim levels have pushed the top-end MSRP into uncharted territory for this model. Whereas the 2015 MKX came only one way, the latest version is available in no less than four trims:
Despite the proliferation of new trims, a number of options package remains available. The Climate package ($595) tacks on heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic high beams. The Driver Assistance package delivers just about every active safety technology you could hope for, including pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, for a relatively modest $1,650.
If you want to go all out on safety, there's a $1,720 Technology package with surround-view cameras and an automated parking system. A dual-screen rear entertainment system can be added to any model for $1,995.
The 2.7-liter provides a real boost to performance with no loss in efficiency--in fact, you'll get 1 mpg extra. We consider it a worthy upgrade and won't be surprised if it becomes the standard engine at some point in the future.