2016 Lincoln MKX Ames, IA


2016 Lincoln MKX

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New 2016 Lincoln MKX at Ames Ford Lincoln for Ames, IA

The all-new 2016 Lincoln MKX is a larger, more sophisticated midsize luxury crossover than the one it replaces. It has a more refined interior, additional technology features and a unique premium sound system. It competes with the Acura MDX and Lexus RX.

Under the MKX's Hood

The standard engine in the MKX is a 3.7-liter V-6 making 300 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and driving the front wheels. All-wheel drive is optional. If you seek more power, a 330-hp, 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine is available. Lincoln Drive Control is optional, allowing the driver to select between Normal, Comfort and Sport modes.

Design of Lincoln MKX

The MKX bears strong resemblance to the smaller MKC, but its greater size affords it some better proportions. The front features the now-familiar winged Lincoln grille appearing on every new model, along with some attractive detailing to the headlights. Prominent fenders front and rear stretch back to a full-width LED taillamp assembly. The only blemish on the exterior is the gray-painted lower body and wheel arch cladding, which does not match the rest of the vehicle's upscale appearance. Lincoln has done an admirable job upgrading the interior, with newly available 22-way adjustable front seats that can automatically shift position to help alleviate muscle fatigue by selectively inflating and deflating one of 11 air bladders. The optional seats also feature a power thigh extender and a four-way power head restraint.

Where is the cabin air filter located?

The cabin air filter is located behind the glove box.

Is the 4-wheel drive automatic or does it have to be put in gear?

It is automatic. There are no driver controls. When a wheel speed sensor detects a wheel turning at an rpm that it should not be for the speed the car is going, it will apply more power to it or brake, whichever is applicable.

Do I need Sirius for my system?

That depends if it was part of the package when you purchase the car. One package will give you current traffic congestion and wrecks displayed on your unit, and the other will give you that and other services, such as movie times, nearby gas prices, stock info, sport feedback, and more.

Conclusions

The new MKX features a host of electronic safety aids, including the usual list of an adaptive cruise control with automatic full-stop braking, lane-keeping assist, a blind spot information system, cross-traffic alert and a 360-degree camera that can be activated while parking. The front camera is actually mounted on an articulated mount that pops out from behind the Lincoln star badge in the grille. A full suite of sonar sensors provide front-, rear- and side-vehicle sensing systems, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking, and a system that even pulls the crossover out of a parking spot as well.

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