When Lincoln offered the 2016 Lincoln MKX 2.7T in a Front Wheel Drive option, the obvious reaction would be how much of a difference would it be compared to the top trim AWD model? The answer, a lot. When a vehicle is priced steeply and is part of the more premium marquee, it’s natural to expect great things from the vehicle, in most cases, that is true; to some it’s disappointment in the making.
The 2016 Lincoln MKX 2.7T Can Bring a Crushing Final Impression
As the ostensibly cushier expression of Ford Motor Company’s, mid-size SUV architecture that also underpins the square-jawed and generally appealing Ford Edge, the elegantly styled 2016 Lincoln MKX 2.7T makes certain promises. Most of the promises were fulfilled with the top end AWD model of the MKX, but when it came down to the FWD model, things were a bit of a mix, especially at its price point and the competitors at the same class it just falls flat. Upon closer inspection, the basic shape will immediately resemble a vehicle from Ford, the silhouette and proportions will resemble an Explorer but it’s all Lincoln at the front and back. Under the hood is the same engine from the AWD model which is a 2.7-Liter turbo V6 paired to a 6-speed auto.
On the inside of the 2016 MKX 2.7T, the review unit came in a trim that includes a rather cheap if not trying hard interior that’s all black with lots of vinyl and plastic pretending to be something it’s not. On the plus side, Lincoln had the good sense to reinstate conventional buttons and knobs for the MKX’s stereo and climate controls rather than continue with the sliders and capacitive touch controls of the previous MKX. We also appreciate the open lower deck of the center console. And the rear seat is absolutely massive.
Driving the 2016 Lincoln MKX 2.7T, the difference with the AWD becomes very apparent; the MKX FWD was tuned to be a comfort-oriented ride where the adaptive dampers happily absorb bumps like its nothing. The dynamic driving mode is dictated by how you drive; slower inputs make for a slower responding, calmer vehicle while more active inputs wake up the MKX a bit. It’s nice but the steering has a major deadspot at the center. Pedal feel is a bit inconsistent and the brakes can jolt you with a rush of stopping power all of a sudden. The comfort ride also takes its toll on the 0-60 test by reducing traction on the front wheels as the body leans because of the softer suspension.
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