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2016 Lincoln MKX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Lincoln MKX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The redesigned 2016 Lincoln MKX features top-notch materials throughout the interior, according to automotive writers, and some say the cabin is among the best in the class. Test drivers report the MKX is quiet and comfortable. However, they say MyLincoln Touch is inferior to competitors’ infotainment systems.

  • "The interior of my car was gorgeous." -- The Detroit Free Press
  • "The interior is a fantastic place to spend time -- comfortable, beautifully built, good looking, and the materials look and feel great. Having push-button shift rather than a gear lever frees up center-console space, or at least gives that impression. Is it the best interior among U.S. automakers? We can't immediately think of a better one." -- AutoWeek
  • "The smooth suspension and active and passive noise cancellation combine to create a cabin that's not tomb-quiet, but is noticeably peaceful." -- CNET

Seating

The Lincoln MKX seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats and reclining rear seats. Cooled front seats, heated rear seats, 22-way adjustable massaging seats and a heated steering wheel are available. Reviewers say the front seats are supremely comfortable, even on long drives, and that the rear seats offer ample legroom. However, some find head and shoulder room a bit tight. Test drivers agree that the MKX offers an extremely quiet ride, even at highway speeds.

  • "This baby cruises down the road with the best out there in terms of quietness and smoothness. The X really shines on the freeway, where there's little to no tire and/or wind noise -- at 70, 75, 80 mph. The thing is whisper quiet, quieter then most other SUVs we can think of. Sound-deadening efforts such as active-noise control and laminated glass really paid off. It's calming." -- AutoWeek
  • The MKX cockpit feels tighter than the Ford's, which it is, with less headroom and shoulder room. Yet the MKX is more quiet and comfortable, and the optional 22-way adjustable massaging seats ($1500) are worthy of being included with those from Lexus and Volvo, the best in the business." -- Car and Driver
  • "Where the MKX does excel is in passenger comfort, from the shape of the 22-way-adjustable, massaging front seats, to the legroom offered to the backseat passengers. The MKX will remain a strict five-seater, unlike some of its three-row competitors. At no point did we feel discomfort brought on by driving fatigue. And thanks to a bevy of driver assistance technology, we never felt alone on the open road." -- New York Daily News
  • "We sink into the seats, which are cushy yet supportive. The headrest is like a pillow, and the plush floormats feel made for bare feet." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 MKX include push-button shift controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, two USB ports, active noise control, rear parking sensors, the SYNC voice command system and the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth and satellite radio. Available features include a panoramic power sunroof, a 13- or 19-speaker Revel audio system, HD Radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, active park assist, lane keep assist, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, inflatable safety belts, front parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring and MyLincoln Mobile, which allows drivers to locate, unlock and start their vehicle remotely.

Some automotive writers note that the redesigned 2016 MKX’s console has a neat, orderly look thanks to push-button transmission controls. However, critics dislike the MyLincoln Touch system, which they say is slow, unresponsive and not compatible with some of the latest tech features like Apple CarPlay. The available Revel audio system draws rave reviews from some test drivers.

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  • "Back to the stereo for a sec: The sound is crisp and clear. Lincoln called it 'the best audio system in the business.' Having not tried each and every one back to back, we don't know if we'd go that far, but it does sound killer, as the kids say." -- AutoWeek
  • "The MKX, like the Edge, must make do for now with the older Sync technology and its fiddly MyLincoln Touch interface. Lincoln ditched touch-capacitive controls for physical buttons with the introduction of the MKC, an arrangement that is thankfully reproduced here. But without the new infotainment hardware, which comes to the MKC for 2016, the MKX will not support Apple's CarPlay or Android Auto features." -- Car and Driver
  • "The audio and climate controls consist mostly of simple dials and switches. The touch screen reproduces some of those functions and adds controls for navigation, the massaging front seats and other goodies. Despite being an all-new vehicle, the MKX doesn't have Lincoln's latest voice-recognition system. It's inconsistent and slower than [sic] that of the best competitors." -- The Detroit Free Press
  • "Rather than a traditional shift lever, Lincoln has decided to outfit the MKX with a bank of buttons for selecting the driving mode and direction. This move frees up a bit of elbow room in the cabin and gives the console a cleaner look." -- CNET

Cargo

The 2016 Lincoln MKX offers 37.2 cubic feet of space in the cargo area. That number expands to 68.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is better than many two-row SUVs in the class. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free power liftgate is available. Reviewers say that the MKX offers ample cargo space for weekend getaways, and with the rear row down they say it even has room to stow larger items like bicycles.

  • "… this critic tossed his 2-year-old Jamis Coda Elite bicycle in the back, second row folded, to drive to a Monday evening Slow Roll Detroit, without having to remove the front wheel. That's the advantage of the mid-size MKX over the compact MKC: It will accommodate more equipment for sport of the non-automotive variety." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The MKX is more than three inches longer than its predecessor, and it provides about five more cubic feet of cargo space. The crossover swallows all of the gear for our summer adventure, and we set out under sunny skies for some quality time with a few bros." -- Autoblog

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