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Driven | 2016 Lincoln MKX

Ford is attempting to revive its Lincoln brand, and the new MKX is a big improvement from the previous model. Handsome, muscular and discreet, the crossover is spacious, quick and the interior has rich details.

Ford is putting serious effort into jump-starting the Lincoln brand. Polarizing ads are raising awareness... (ON CAMERA) First things first. No McConaughey jokesUltimately, product is paramount. (SOUND UP) Buyers want crossovers, so the new MKX should be a rainmaker. The outgoing X pretty much looked like a Ford Edge wearing a fancy grille and taillights, an approach that simply doesn’t cut it any longer.(ON CAMERA) As before, MKX and Ford Edge are built on the same architecture, but this time around the two look and perform completely different from each other.My neighbors, always willing to weigh in, approve of the handsome lines. With muscular contours, it’s the bigger twin of the MKC. Seems Lincoln is taking a page from Audi. The interior pulls its weight too with rich looking details and materials. The center console is raised up giving the cabin a cocoon vibe, there are loads of nooks to misplace things.A 3.7-liter V6 is the standard engine.(SOUND UP ENGINE START)This smaller 2.7 V6 with twin-turbos is the way to go though, cranking out 335 horsepower (SOUND UP) and 380 lb-ft of torque. Drinks standard grade gas too. Lincoln is stingy with the gears, this is a six-speed. All MKXs have adaptive suspension, AWD models get adjustable dynamics but the feature is buried in a menu. (ON CAMERA) This engine is torquey off the line. 0-60 happens in about six seconds so power is not an issue here.And neither is ride quality, inspired more by Lexus than BMW(ON CAMERA) Automakers have been chasing sporty driving dynamics for decades. If you want a comfortable vehicle this is your ride I’m going to hit a speed bump. This thing is supremely comfortable.Not to be confused with soft or floaty. Visibility is good and modern safety tech like blind spot warning, automated parking assist, and auto braking is available. (ON CAMERA) MKX uses active noise control, basically the same tech used in noise canceling headphones, I’d say it’s library quiet but the last one I was in was a lot noisier than this. Though because of that wind noise is noticed at higher speeds. FYI, I saw about 20 miles per gallon. Opinions may vary on the transmission selector buttons, at least they’re not confusing. The look is rich in here though this panel (SOUND UP) doesn’t sound that way. Added to the expected available luxury features of killer sound system, heated wheel, and supportive vented seats is a massage feature strong enough to give a masseuse pause. The camera lens (SOUND UP) is kept clean so the “around view” is always clear. This early production car has the outgoing interface. Make sure you get the revised and much improved Sync 3 system. (ON CAMERA) Space is not an issue back here the seats recline, they don’t slide fore and aft though. Bottoms can be warmed, devices can be charged, stuff can be stashed. Not only is there room for three average adults, the outboard passengers can be protected with belts featuring integrated airbags. There is no third row.(ON CAMERA) MKX can be had with the auto opening trunk feature, you know the kind where you wave your foot under the bumper and the liftgate magically opens. Nice to be able to stash small valuables out of site. Remote seat releases are handy, too bad MKX doesn’t have 40/20/40 split seats. I would expect to get nine packs of the two-ply into a rig this size so 10 is a pleasant surprise.That brings us to price. Beginning at around 39 grand, this one, with all major options creeps up on 62 large. That’s either serious chutzpah for a brand re-establishing itself or delusional. Established players Audi Q5, BMW X3, and the big kahuna Lexus RX cost less. Still, now that the refined MKX stands apart from Edge, I can understand why McConaughey would drive one.

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Driven | 2016 Lincoln MKX

By TOM VOELK/DRIVEN February 18, 2016

Ford is attempting to revive its Lincoln brand, and the new MKX is a big improvement from the previous model. Handsome, muscular and discreet, the crossover is spacious, quick and the interior has rich details.

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