Lincoln mid-size luxury SUV all-new for 2016

I want to state this up front and on the record, Lincoln is one of the premier luxury brands in the world.

Indeed, that’s a powerful statement. However, Lincoln has the products to back up that opinion.

This week I had the opportunity to evaluate the all-new 2016 MKX mid-size utility vehicle and I was absolutely blown away.

In terms of performance and handling, it is near — if not at — the top of the highly competitive luxury SUV mid-size segment.

When it comes to premium features and amenities, the MKX Black Label trim level is at the top of the segment,

The all-new MKX is the first Lincoln to offer pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, helping the MKX earn an overall 5-Star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Lincoln has also added the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 to the MKX powertrain lineup. The EcoBoost delivers 335 horsepower and 380 lbs.-ft. torque.

In addition, there is also a new 19-speaker Revel Ultima audio system that is absolutely remarkable.

Available in front- or all-wheel drive configurations, the five-passenger MKX has a base price starting at $39,025 and is available in four trim levels — Premiere, Select, Reserve and Black Label.

In addition to the EcoBoost V-6, the MKX is also available with the naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6 engine producing 303 horsepower and 278 lbs.-ft. torque.

Both engines are mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifters and both require regular unleaded gasoline.

With the capacity to tow up to 3,500 pounds, both engines have an EPA fuel economy rating of 17 mpg city, 26 mpg highway for front-wheel drive models. For all-wheel drive, the 3.7-liter V-6 has a rating of 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway while the EcoBoost V-6 engine has a rating of 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway for all-wheel drive.

To list just a few, standard features on the MKX Premiere trim include 10-way power heated seats with Lincoln Soft-Touch seating surfaces, door handle illumination with approach detection and signature lighting fade-up, dual-zone automatic temperature control, illuminated cup holders, power windows with one-touch up/down for all four windows, push button start and auto dimming rearview mirror — again, that’s just a small portion of a long list.

The list of features and amenities on the MKX Black Level trim is amazing — especially the panoramic vista roof and Revel audio system.

When it comes to luxury, Lincoln is a major player.

For those in the market for a luxury mid-size sport utility vehicle, the 2016 Lincoln MKX is a must for the test drive list.

 

Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.