2016 Lincoln MKX: Class, class and more class!

10 Aug 2016 | 1,058 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds Movie buffs might recall the subtle, slinky sexiness of the late actress, Lauren Bacall. She was never flashy--just confident, arresting, and altogether the center of attention in whatever movie she acted in. And her call line was something like "If you need me..just whistle... you do remember how to whistle, don't you?" Consider Lincoln to be the Lauren Bacall of cars. Never obvious.  Way too confident to call attention to itself. Never gaudy. Always subtle. And impossible to miss. On a lighter note, if Lincolns could talk--- you can almost hear Lincolns whisper, "Hmph. Let Cadillac do its gaudy number.  I prefer to be classy, elegant and...a little unavailable." One thing's for sure: The all-new 2016 Lincoln MKX embodies the brand to a T.  It is contemporary--and gorgeous in its understatement. It seems to glide by regally as you see it pass through. And you just know when you see it, it is obvious it belongs among  the moneyed, well mannered gracious set. [caption id="attachment_8387" align="alignnone" width="783"]2016 Lincoln MKX 2016 Lincoln MKX[/caption] It shares its platform and basic body form to Ford's Edge, but this is a whole different product from stem to stern.  The interior, which you reach after seeing the Lincoln star projected on the sidewalk at night, is well-done and luxurious but it is anything but showy. If you are looking for glitz and geegaws, well....there's this dealer down the street selling Cadillacs that might welcome you. Not that you can't get "beyond the pale" luxury fittings from the MKX--consider a 19--- yes I said 19 ----speaker sound system called Ultima or front seats that can move you in 22 ways.  And of course there is the knockout Black Label offerings; more on that later. Our MKX was powered by  a turbocharged 2.7 liter V-6 that puts out 335 horses. MKX  costs $2,150 a year to drive, or $9,000 over five years using gasoline costing $3.50 a gallon for 15,000 miles a year.  You will spend about $1,750 more in gasoline costs over five years than you would with other new vehicles, and it takes 4.8 gallons to drive 100 miles in the MKX . The EcoBoost label becomes obvious when you check out the fuel ratings: 17 city, 26 highway and 21 combined for a pretty large, heavy crossover. Wondering which model of the MKX to buy? Ours costed $54,570 with options, but you decide for yourself. Let's start with the basic Premiere Group. This one includes 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension dampers (AWD models only), automatic xenon headlights, LED taillights, keyless ignition and entry, remote engine start, rear parking sensors, rear privacy glass, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, active noise cancellation, heated eight-way power front seats (with power lumbar support), driver memory functions, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a reclining, 60/40-split second-row seat with power-folding seatbacks. Standard technology features include voice controls (Sync), Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, a configurable instrument cluster, a central 8-inch display with a touchscreen interface (either the MyLincoln Touch infotainment or the newer Sync 3 system, with availability depending on when the MKX was built) and a 10-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary input and two USB ports. Step up to the Select Group if you want things like, LED daytime running lights, power-folding side mirrors (the driver-side mirror gets an auto-dimming feature), a hands-free power liftgate, leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and wood trim. The optional Select Plus package adds a navigation system and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems. The Reserve Group adds 20-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, ventilated front seats, mobile-app compatibility, a panoramic sunroof and the contents of the Select Plus package. Then there is the ultimate, and boy, is it ever ultimate! We are talking about the much-talked about  Black Label group, which gives you what you get in the Reserve Group, but also adds its own  20-inch wheels, LED headlights, a simulated suede headliner, upgraded leather upholstery and the Revel Ultima  19-speaker surround-sound audio system with HD radio. You also get to choose a theme for your MKX Black Label, all of which are lavishly shown in a gorgeous catalog for these models that you really don't want to miss. A sample MKX Black Label example, the Thoroughbred, is shown below. [caption id="attachment_8389" align="alignnone" width="611"]2016 Lincoln MKX Black Label Thoroughbred interior 2016 Lincoln MKX Black Label Thoroughbred interior[/caption] There are four  four different design themes (Indulgence, Modern Heritage, Muse and Thoroughbred), each of which alters the trim and the color of the upholstery, headliner and carpeting. It also ushers  you into Lincoln's Black Reserve Program which offers you all manner of perks, events and services that will surely make your head spin! There's the Culinary Collection included with Black Label Membership — a curated list of restaurants from coast to coast with noted chefs providing an at-your-service dining experience. There's pickup and delivery back home for your car when it is serviced. And there is a mobile showroom that comes to you, an in-dealership studio featuring a private fitting room and remote vehicle delivery. There were only a few things we disliked--chief among them the Lincoln MyTouch audio/entertainment/climate system. It often proved complicated to operate and required steps that aren't found on some systems we've used.  Although the interior looks great, it is not quite up to luxury crossover class standards in luxury, at least in the trim we had. We weren't real crazy about the pushbutton start ignition system; in reaching across the car to open the glove box, it was too easy to accidentally brush against a gear touchpad. Plus, you instinctively take time to make sure you press the right gear before moving as part of the familiarity process when you first take delivery--for some of us, that can be longer than we would like because pushbuttons are simply counterintuitive for shifting with drivers used to floor shifts or column mounted systems. Driving the MKX, we felt swathed in comfort, with nary a worry in the world. The sense of isolation from noise and outside conditions was simply astounding, and very much in the Lexus class, to our view. And we loved the handsfree system for the hatch, especially in rain. All we can say is that the Lincoln, generally with it current lineup--has arrived--again. After all, the car of presidents has been part of the social scene for more years than any of us can count.  And the best example to prove that is the brand's impressive MKX crossover.      

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