2016 Lincoln MKX Costs $800 Less than Its Predecessor

Redesigned crossover hits dealerships later this summer.

Lincoln's midsize luxury crossover, the MKX, is redesigned for 2016 with new engines, updated styling, and all sorts of extra features. Despite all the upgrades, the new 2016 Lincoln MKX is actually cheaper than its predecessor by $800, starting at $38,995 with destination for the base front-wheel-drive MKX.

This price includes the MKX's standard engine, a 3.7-liter V-6 making 300 hp through a six-speed automatic transmission. Adding all-wheel drive to the mix costs $2,495 extra. Standard equipment includes automatic climate control, heated front seats, a MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, HID headlights, and a reverse sensing system.

The 2016 Lincoln MKX's other powertrain option is a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 that makes 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. In front-wheel-drive form, it's the most powerful front-wheel drive car you can buy today, for a starting price of $40,995. Opting for all-wheel drive is probably the better choice, and again is $2,495 extra.

Loading up the 2016 Lincoln MKX with a wide range of options is done mostly through various packages. A $4,400 Luxury Package adds LED headlights and an Ultima premium audio system; a $1,650 Driver Assistance Package adds adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and pre-collision braking; and a $1,720 Technology Package adds park assist and a 360-degree camera system. Lincoln also offers a Reserve trim level for all versions of the MKX that dresses up the crossover with larger alloy wheels, a panoramic glass roof, and equipment including a blind-spot monitoring system and heated and cooled front seats.

With all these options, it's easy to get a 2016 Lincoln MKX over $60,000, which seems like a lot for a crossover in this class but doesn't stray too far from competitors like the Lexus RX, Acura MDX, and BMW X5.

Finally, Lincoln will apply its new Black Label luxury treatment to the 2016 MKX, though pricing for that model hasn't yet been announced. Black Label customers receive a choice of interior treatments with exclusive materials, and are also treated to special concierge service and a different maintenance program for a better customer experience. Black Label packages for the MKZ sedan and MKC crossover cost $5,995 so expect similar pricing for the MKX Black Label.

The 2016 Lincoln MKX goes on sale a bit later this summer, so stay tuned for our first drive review of this new midsize luxury crossover.

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