2016 Lincoln MKX Pricing Starts At $38,100, Tops $64,000 Fully Loaded
Luxury Crossover Costs About $10k More Than Ford Edge Sibling
Lincoln released official pricing for its 2016 MKX crossover recently via the company website’s Build and Price tool. The five-seat midsize crossover will start at $38,995 for the front-wheel-drive MKX equipped with a 3.7L V-6, graduating up to $43,490 for a top-dog 2.7L EcoBoost V-6 with all-wheel drive. Fully loaded with the Reserve Equipment Group and all options, that model will cost $64,470. Those prices include the company’s $895 destination charge.
Although the MKX gets its bones from the Ford Edge crossover, Lincoln adds several niceties to justify its approximate $10,000 premium compared to the equivalent Blue Oval. The MKX’s standard engine is a 3.7L V-6, compared to the Edge’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4. The MKX makes about 300 hp and 280 lb-ft as such, while the base Edge produces 55 fewer horses and 5 fewer lb-ft of torque. The Edge’s optional 3.5L naturally aspirated V-6 also produces less power and torque than the 3.7L MKX. If you step up to the EcoBoost-powered variants of each, the Edge gets 315 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, while the MKX will get 20 more ponies and 30 more torques. Both turbocharged crossovers get their motivating force from a 2.7L EcoBoost V-6.
Other improvements to the MKX (subjectively, at least) include cleaner exterior styling, available Revel audio systems, and luxurious interior appointments, including available open-pore wood trim and Bridge of Weir leather seating. The Lincoln split-wing grille looks very attractive in this application (as it does on the similarly styled MKC compact crossover), and the styling will do a lot to shed Lincoln’s stodgy image if buyers are willing to overlook reputation when choosing their next crossover. It's great to see so much of the concept's design make it to production.
Competitors for the MKX are scarce. Top-spec Audi Q5s may vie for Lincoln’s ideal customer, but that SUV is smaller. Likewise, a base MKX will compete with a loaded Nissan Murano (or Ford Edge), but those crossovers won’t come the Lincoln Black Label ownership experience or complimentary lifetime roadside assistance. Other midsize luxury two-row crossovers include the dated (but slightly cheaper) Cadillac SRX, similarly priced Lexus RX, and more expensive Mercedes-Benz GLE and Volkswagen Touareg. Like we said, there aren’t many real competitors. While some potential buyers may be turned off by the lack of a seven-seat option in the MKX, the Lincoln is likely being targeted at DINKs, empty nesters, and single professionals in need of premium transportation, for whom the midsize crossover will do nicely.
We’d love to see the MKX do well in the market, but it will have obstacles to its success. Its aforementioned seating layout and somewhat negative brand image are working against it, but the smaller MKC is selling relatively well thanks to its pleasant styling and value proposition. The MKX has both those attributes as well when compared to its limited competition, so we’ll see if it follows in its little brother’s footsteps.