2016 Lincoln MKX Review – Why Would You?

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Have you ever owned or borrowed something that’s simply too nice, or too over-the-top? If you have, then you know exactly how I feel about the 2016 Lincoln MKX Black Label.

Lincoln launched their Black Label division nearly two years ago, and it’s designed to wow Lincoln loyalists and motivate Buick owners to jump ship to the blue oval. Part of me thinks that Lincoln/Ford also thought they could lure top-tier Cadillac buyers, but that’s somewhat comical.

I recently spent a week with a $63,415 dollar Lincoln MKX Black Label, and during that time I embarked on a couple of short trips, which meant that by the end of my week I had put about 750 miles on it. Sadly, the more miles I drove, the more I believed the MKX to be the Anti-Lincoln, given its powerful 2.7 liter EcoBoost engine, stiff ride quality, and overly responsive steering. These aren’t qualities I’d typically complain about on a Ford Fusion, but on a Lincoln SUV? I mean, they do know who buys these things, right?

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Not everything was terrible about the MKX, in fact, the vehicle itself might be great, just not the exact configuration I tested. If the optional 21″ wheels were swapped for smaller hardware with more rubber, and the feisty 335 horsepower Turbocharged EcoBoost engine replaced for the more progressive naturally aspirated V6; maybe then, the MKX would be more enjoyable.

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I found the exterior design seductive and classy with a pinch of high-tech, and the interior fairly welcoming. Sure, some people hate the button gear-selector mounted to the left of the touchscreen, but it really isn’t that bad. Besides that, all surfaces are nicely wrapped in supple leather and natural wood, and the 19-speaker Revel sound system is the business.

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In my opinion, this MKX was simply too nice and too over-the-top. Perhaps a less-fancy and much less-expensive one would’ve been perfect.

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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