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2016 Lincoln MKX Review

The 2016 Lincoln MKX ranks in the top third of the luxury midsize SUV class because of its spacious and upscale interior, strong engine performance, and poised ride and handling. A frustrating infotainment system keeps the MKX from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious, quiet cabin
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • So-so fuel economy
  • Finicky infotainment system




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.8
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2016 Lincoln MKX Overview

Is the 2016 Lincoln MKX a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2016 Lincoln MKX is a good used luxury midsize SUV. The MKX has a handsome interior with ample space for passengers and cargo. It rates highly for safety and slightly above-average for reliability. The MKX provides a smooth ride, and it feels stable around turns. Both of its potent V6 engine options enable brisk acceleration, albeit at the cost of fuel economy. Just make sure to test out the MKX’s infotainment system before you buy. Its control layout can be rather confusing.

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How Much Is the 2016 Lincoln MKX?

Based on over 700 dealer listings for the 2016 Lincoln MKX on our site, you can expect to pay between $27,600 and $42,500, depending on the model you’re looking at. The average list price for a 2016 MKX is $35,600. Prices shift based on demand and factors like the vehicle's mileage, features, and condition.

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How Much Does the 2016 Lincoln MKX Cost to Own?

Aside from the initial purchase price, there are other costs to owning a vehicle. Compared to other luxury midsize SUVs, the 2016 Lincoln MKX’s gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance costs are slightly higher than average. Over five years, expect to pay a little over $25,600 on these expenses. That's about $5,100 per year. By comparison, the 2016 Ford Edge and 2016 Lexus RX 350 have lower five-year costs by about $2,400 and $1,320, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New MKX?

A 2018 Lincoln MKX has a starting MSRP of around $39,000, which is about $3,400 more than the average price of a used 2016 MKX. Since a new Lincoln MKX has all the same features as a 2016 model, we suggest saving your money and getting a used model instead.

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If you'd prefer a new SUV to a used one, consider a luxury compact SUV. Both the 2018 Buick Envision (starting MSRP: $33,995) and Lincoln’s own 2018 MKC ($33,355) are premium crossovers that have lower starting prices than the average 2016 MKX. However, those prices are for the base model, which likely has fewer features than a similarly priced used MKX.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Lincoln MKX?

The 2016 Lincoln MKX has a slightly above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Lincoln MKX Recalls

At the time of writing, there are four recalls for the 2016 MKX. These recalls involve issues with the front air bags, battery cable, power steering motor, and child seat anchors. Before you buy an MKX, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Lincoln MKX Is Best?

Lincoln fully redesigned the MKX for 2016, and it has seen few changes since. For those who want to stick with the current generation, the 2016 model has the lowest price and is the best value. Models from the previous generation – including 2013 and 2014 MKXs – cost less. However, they have less cabin space, inferior cabin materials, fewer performance enhancements, and an aging design.

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Which Used Lincoln MKX Model Is Right for Me?

The Lincoln MKX comes in three trim levels: Premier, Select, and Reserve. The base Premier trim comes with an 8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, satellite radio, heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, and remote start. The Select trim adds leather upholstery and a hands-free tailgate. However, the Lincoln MKX Reserve is the trim to go for. It adds navigation, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive headlights.

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What Does Lincoln's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

Lincoln has one of the least robust CPO programs among luxury carmakers, according to our analysis. Better programs are available through competitors like Cadillac, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.

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How Safe Is the MKX?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2016 MKX a Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest award. IIHS also gave the 2016 MKX the highest score of Good in all five individual crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 MKX five out of five stars overall and in the frontal and side crash tests, as well as four stars in rollover testing.

The MKX comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available features include front parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera system, hands-free park assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane keep assist.

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2016 Lincoln MKX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Lincoln MKX or 2016 Ford Edge?

The 2016 Ford Edge is an affordable midsize SUV. It's built on the same platform as the 2016 Lincoln MKX, and the two SUVs share many of the same components. Both have generous cargo and seating space, a smooth and quiet ride, and advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring. Appropriately, the MKX feels like a more luxurious vehicle, thanks to its higher-end cabin materials and options like massaging seats. However, opting for the Lincoln comes with a significant jump in price, as well as a drop in fuel economy and infotainment functionality. Go with the Edge instead of the MKX.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lincoln MKX or 2016 Lexus RX 350?

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 tops the MKX in our rankings. Both are great luxury midsize SUVs with cozy interiors, long lists of safety features, and supple rides that iron out bumps in the road. The MKX offers a roomier cargo hold, but the Lexus returns much better fuel economy and has a significantly higher reliability score. The RX 350 is the better buy.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lincoln MKX or 2016 Lincoln MKC?

The compact 2016 Lincoln MKC feels much smaller than its midsize MKX sibling. The MKC has less cargo space, and its rear-seat accommodations are tighter. Beyond that, however, you’ll find few benefits to picking a used MKX over the more affordable MKC. The MKC has a better infotainment system (Lincoln didn't add the SYNC 3 system to the MKX until the 2017 model year), delivers better fuel economy estimates, and matches the MKX’s plush ride and hushed cabin.

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2016 MKX Performance

How Does the 2016 Lincoln MKX Drive?

The Lincoln MKX has two available engines: the standard 303-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and the available 335-horsepower 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive come standard, and all-wheel drive is available. The 3.7-liter V6 provides the Lincoln with ample passing power and lively acceleration, though the twin-turbo 2.7-liter engine feels substantially more potent. The MKX’s pliant suspension yields a smooth and controlled ride at both city and highway speeds.

Does the 2016 Lincoln MKX Get Good Gas Mileage?

Neither V6 is particularly fuel-efficient. The 2.7-liter model gets just 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. With the 3.7-liter V6, you’ll get 17/25 mpg city/highway. With all-wheel drive, expect 1 mpg less in the city and 2 mpg less on the highway with each engine.

2016 Lincoln MKX Towing Capacity

The MKX can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is typical for a luxury midsize SUV.

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2016 MKX Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 MKX Seat?

The 2016 Lincoln MKX seats five and offers generous space in both rows. Its front seats are plush and nicely contoured, offering excellent comfort over long trips. The rear seats are cozy as well, and they can readily accommodate three adults for shorter drives. Heated front seats are standard. Leather seats, massaging and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available. The MKX’s cabin remains quiet even at higher speeds. It also features a bevy of soft-touch plastics, as well as elegant wood and metallic accents.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Lincoln MKX?

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the MKX’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2016 Lincoln MKX Features

All 2016 MKX models come with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and the MyKey parental controls system. Accessing core audio and climate functions is simple thanks to an array of physical buttons beneath the touch screen. However, the touch screen itself is trickier to use. The MyLincoln Touch system is often slow to respond, requires repeated taps, and has a confusing menu structure. That said, the voice recognition system works well, and the MKX is available with an exceptionally crisp-sounding 19-speaker Revel audio system.

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2016 Lincoln MKX Dimensions

Lincoln MKX Cargo Space

The MKX’s rear seats fold, boosting cargo space from 37.2 cubic feet to a roomy 68.8 cubic feet. Both numbers are great for a 2-row SUV. A power liftgate comes standard, and a hands-free power liftgate is available.

2016 MKX Length and Weight

From front to back, the MKX measures just under 16 feet. The MKX’s curb weight ranges from 4,168 pounds (for FWD models) to 4,447 pounds (for AWD models).

Where Was the 2016 Lincoln MKX Built?

Ford assembled the 2016 Lincoln MKX at its Oakville assembly complex in Ontario, Canada.

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