January 8 , 2016 /

Lincoln MKX

Overall: NEW_for_2016_3Will the redesigned MKX tall wagon strike the same note as the smaller 2015 MKC did?

Drivetrain: Turbo and non-turbo V6s are hooked up to six-speed transmissions; all-wheel-drive is available for both.

The revitalized MKX has traditionally been an up-level offshoot of Ford’s Edge. For its third iteration, the tall wagon receives a mildly altered body with more curves and creases and a restyled taillight bar extending the full width of the liftgate. Lincoln’s signature winged grille swaps out its fang-like vertical bars for a set of more elegant horizontal blades. Beneath the sheetmetal, Lincoln has stiffened the chassis, upgraded the suspension and added more sound insulation (including an acoustic windshield and front side glass). The interior receives reshaped leather-covered front seats with four-way adjustable headrests. Likewise, the control panel is much classier looking, although the increase in switchgear – where other luxury models are cutting back – seems incongruous. The gear shifter has been replaced by pushbutton controls located beside the touch-screen display. Base models come with a carry-over 3.7-liter V6 that generates 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Optional for 2016 is a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 making 330 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are connected to six-speed automatic transmissions with Drive and Sport modes. The latter allows the engine to rev higher between shifts and also lets the driver manually control the downshifts that are matched to engine revs. The available all-wheel-drive directs 100 percent of the engine torque to the front tires under normal operating conditions, but can also send up to 100 percent to the rear if the fronts start to slip. Base models arrive with 10-way heated front seats, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power liftgate, 10-speaker audio system and 18-inch wheels. Among the lengthy options list is a panoramic “Vista Roof,” navigation system, heated and cooled front and rear seats and steering wheel, a 19-speaker sound package and 20 or 21-inch wheels. Lincoln also makes available nearly all of the latest in collision-avoidance and intervention technologies that help keep you from wandering outside your lane, warn if you start to nod off at the wheel, and intervene if you begin closing too rapidly to the vehicle in front. There’s also a blind-spot detection warning and cross-traffic alert (the latter is handy when backing out of parking spots or your driveway) and a parking-assist feature that employs a 360-degree camera to help with parallel parking and general reversing maneuvers.

Base price (incl. destination): $39,000
Type: Four-door luxury wagon
Base engine (hp): 3.7-liter DOHC V6 (300)
Optional engine: 2.7-liter DOHC V6, twin-turbocharged (330)
Layout: Front-engine, front- /all-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic
MPG (city/highway): 16/23 (3.7)
Weight (lb.): 4,530

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