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Lincoln has struggled mightily, despite valiant efforts, to re-establish itself as a credible luxury brand. But its offerings have come across as premium-grade poseurs. The new Lincoln MKX crossover, however, is ready for prime time -- with a regal street presence, superior handling and braking, effortless acceleration, a plush interior, and a suite of advanced technology. How good is the MKX?
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

Lincoln has struggled mightily, despite valiant efforts, to re-establish itself as a credible luxury brand. But its offerings have come across as premium-grade poseurs.

The new Lincoln MKX crossover, however, is ready for prime time -- with a regal street presence, superior handling and braking, effortless acceleration, a plush interior, and a suite of advanced technology.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter V6 turbo (335 hp)
  • 3.7-liter V6 (303 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Lincoln MKX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“The 360 degree camera system (front camera only) had an intermittent display function issue due to the control board. This caused the display to go dark when viewing the front camera only”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)

“Car sensors think there is something there and STOP the vehicle. LINCOLN had for over a month and still not fixed”

Debra T., TX (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)

“CD Player does not list the title of the track being played. The manual says that it does, but it does not”

Anonymous, MI (2016 Lincoln MKX None Unsure)
Display screen freezes up

“every thing stopped working”

Anonymous, MN (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“several times display freezes and the veh has to be turned off and wait a minute then restarted before it works again”

Raul C., FL (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Display screen goes blank

“nothing worked”

Anonymous, MN (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“Screen goes black- again not fixed by dealer”

Debra T., TX (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)

“Volume control”

Anonymous, CT (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“Could not receive AM/FM stations. Antenna was not connected”

Anonymous, MD (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“When activating the navigation routing system, the volume comes on at maximum volume, every time it's used; and, it's difficult to reduce the volume. Consequently, I only use it when absolutely necessary. Lincoln Customer service has been no help”

Robert A., VA (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Water was leaking inside door which took the dealer 3+ trips to finally get it corrected. I have documented it here. http://lincolnmkxforum.com/topic/1265-door-water-leak/”

Michael D., MO (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“At this time my car has been in the shop 5 1/2 out the last 6 1/2 weeks. Water is peeking on to the floor on the passenger side. The first dealer had the car 4 1/2 weeks and did not repair the car correctly. Second dealer has had the car one and repairs are not complete”

Anonymous, OH (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“This is a part of the water leak as documented below http://lincolnmkxforum.com/topic/1265-door-water-leak/”

Michael D., MO (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“Cable from battery pack was rattling due to a loose bolt. It took the Lincoln dealer 3 days to find it”

Anonymous, GA (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)

“Rattle in rear glass roof panel. Required adjustment and lubrication to fix. All quiet now”

Anonymous, AB (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“When I drive over 30mph the noise inside the car is extremely uncomfortable, it sounds like there is a window open or similar. I had to take the car 3 times for repairs and they cannot found the reason for the noise, last time they suggested is either from the sunroof or something that cannot be fixed”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

“Recall - car wouldn¿t start”

David T., NJ (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“The rear view mirror light bulbs were not working and burned out, also Lincoln should have better directions about the working of the mirror lights”

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“passenger side quit working”

Lynn G., WA (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“The monitors did not work on two tires when delivered”

Anonymous, IN (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Loose air baffle in front of Left rear wheel”

W S., TX (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“trim on drivers side "B" pillar not being held in place”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“The hook for the cargo net came off. It required an entirely new side panel”

Harris C., NY (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)

“Front passenger seat belt and airbag housing spontaneously separated from side of car. Not a usage problem; seat belt was used only five times, and only by a responsible adult”

Robert A., VA (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

“Had the car aligned twice and it still has sever tramlining”

Anonymous, SD (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“I ordered the MKX with "Adaptive" Steering. The Vehicle is now showing a "fault" with the steering on the instrument panel. When the MKX next in for service ( 10 days) will find out exactly what the problem is”

Anonymous, HI (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)

“heard small noise over bumps on right front suspension. Fixed and no problems since”

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“At less than 1000 miles after purchased new, Engine ran very rough, Took Lincoln dealer 3 different visits over a 2 week period to fully diagnose and repair problem”

Anonymous, NE (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“The problem was the fuel module caused the car to lose power. Ford dealer fixed it under warranty without any further problem”

Anonymous, MI (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“Engine threw a code indicating a bad emissions sensor. Dealer fixed it promptly at no charge”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

“Throttle plate came apart”

Anonymous, AL (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)
Oil leaks

“faulty oil pan and sensor”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)

“The oil pan leaked and was repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, MT (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Stability control (ESC)

“THE CAR ROCKS LET & RIGHT CREATING A VERY BAD RIDE”

Anonymous, SD (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)
Electrical failure

“Electronic censor that made the engine shut down on its own”

Dennis M., ON (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Would not shift, had to increase engine rpm to about 2000 for vehicle to move”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)

“The caar would not go into reverse. The diagnosis from Lincoln was that the "direct clutch snap ring came loose and damaged hub." The transmission had to be overhauled”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“The brakes grab. at the slightest touch”

Anonymous, MI (2016 Lincoln MKX None Unsure)
Rotors

“Rotors warped prematurely, replaced under warranty”

Moe L., ON (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Rear seat back remote release in hatch area does not let the seat back fold forward/down”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Had a small pinhole”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Lincoln MKX None 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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