Photo by Vince Taroc.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Lincoln's 2016-MY MKX mid-size luxury SUV arrives as Lincoln has taken more aggressive steps to reach executive drivers with a new executive fleet program and four significantly reworked models over four model years.

Pharmaceutical sales fleets may be taking a closer look at adding the MKX, and after testing it we can see why.

The MKX enters the 2016 model year with several new features, including new styling that features a more understated split-wing grille, available 2.7L V-6 EcoBoost engine, and active suspension that includes adaptive dampers.

As a result, the Edge-based MKX presents a more refined face and safer driving platform while retaining its utility for sales professionals that need cargo space to haul collaterial and other sales materials.

The new 2.7L V-6 EcoBoost (a $2,000 upgrade) gives buyers two engine choices, in addition to the standard 3.7L V-6 non-turbo engine. As an example of engine down-sizing, the turbo adds about 30 hp to improve performance, while retaining fuel efficiency. The front-wheel-drive EcoBoost-powered MKX gets EPA ratings of 17 mpg in the city, 26 on the highway, and 21 combined compared to the 3.7L FWD MKX that gets an EPA-rated 17 mpg in the city, 26 on the highway, and 20 combined.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

The adaptive dampers give the MKX a soft ride that improves stability, making the MKX safer and more pleasurable to drive. For those who are unfamiliar with this technology, the system adjusts the front and rear shock absorber forces for variables such as current payload, condition of the road surface, and driving style.

The MKX cabin provides a spacious environment with leather surfaces and intuitive console controls for HVAC and infotainment options. The MKX also offers several convenience options that we can see helping executive drivers.

One feature that seems to get overlooked is the MKX's power liftgate with a button to securely close the hatch with your arms are full of paperwork.

We drove the 2.7L V-6 with FWD that included the Climate Package, Technology Package, and Driver Assistance Package. The base MKX retails for $45,155, while our model would sell for $54,205.

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Paul Clinton

Paul Clinton

Former Senior Web Editor

Paul Clinton covered an array of fleet and automotive topics for Automotive Fleet, Government Fleet, Mobile Electronics, Police Magazine, and other Bobit Business Media publications.

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