If I had to sum up my weekend with just a few words, I would have to say that I got around in style, not only because I put on a pretty dress and took a refresher tour of New York City, but because due to Lincoln Motor Company’s generosity, I got around town in the new 2016 Lincoln MKX.
It takes a lot of character and durability to be a car that can be considered worthy of taking the streets of New York. We have more pot holes and traffic than any other state on the east side, in addition to the fact that as drivers, New Yorkers are spoiled. I like to stake claim to being one of the most spoiled New Yorkers you will ever meet. That’s why it means a lot when I say that the Lincoln MKX is a car with class that can still grapple the whirlwind that is our city.
The Lincoln MKX has a standard 3.7-liter V6 is SAE-rated at 303 horsepower at 6,500 rpm that runs smoothly, kicks power, and purrs like a kitten. However, you can always opt for the far more advanced 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged Ti-VCT EcoBoost V6, which is SAE-rated at 335 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm on premium fuel. This stylish crossover has enough room and amenities to be comfortable, at the very same time that it’s stylish.
When you’re within 9 feet of this amazing car, you can be sure to know exactly where you parked, due to the LED Lincoln logo “welcome mat.” Ever since I saw the commercial, I was dying to walk up to the car (like Matthew McConahuey, of course,) and see the light on the floor. It’s a pretty cool feature and it doesn’t hurt to have it, when you know very well there are times you have no idea where you parked.
The 22 way Multi-contour seats are incredibly comfortable allowing for adjustments in just about every joint that could get out of place in a car. To make the ride more comfortable, Lincoln has also added built in massage on both the passenger and driver seats. Both the intensity of the massage and the range that is covered, are adjustable. I took good advantage of this feature, as I am one that loves anything that makes me feel at ease. I want to point out that this feature seems insignificant to some, a component that could be dealt without, but I beg to differ. During gridlock traffic, when I was at wits end, this is the feature that brought me back to center. You may think you don’t need a little back rub here and there, but you would be surprised at how it benefits you.
The lane keeping system alerts you with a slight vibration, when you’re veering off course. The Line keeping aid also assists with keeping the car centered. I found the Cross-traffic alert and Blind Spot information systems to be advantageous features that keep the driver aware of possible collision. I found that this features helped me feel a little more comfortable with the idea of driving a brand new car through the streets of Manhattan, where cabs like to dive at you from every direction. The monitor beeps and highlights the areas of the car, where another vehicle is too close and can’t be seen. This also helped with parking and getting around road blocks.
The bird’s eye view of the 360 degree camera allowed for effortless parking. The standard cameras only show you what’s happening from behind, but with this camera you can see through a split screen view, what is behind and how the car is situated in the spot that you are trying to park in. There are a lot of sensors on the 2016 Lincoln MKX, making these little elements incredible safety features that can be useful in being a cautious driver.
All the precautionary factors associated with this care made me feel more comfortable with my experience. And as soon as all the comfort settled in, I decided to partake in the ultimate level of luxury—laziness. In taking a part of the sensationalism attached to autonomous driving, the parallel auto parking option, guides you through parking without having to do any work at all. You can just sit back and allow the Lincoln MKX maneuver the car right into the spot. No over exaggerated wheel turning needed.
I didn’t only drive the car to make sure I knew how it would be helpful to drivers in the city; I also sat in the back to find out what the benefits were for passengers in the car. The backseats have their own set of features making their experience in the MKX almost as enjoyable as the driver and passenger. The seats can be reclined and have their own control panel for adjustable seat warmers. The panoramic Vista Roof® allows for amazing views, which are perfect for long trips and scenic routes. In my case, it allowed me to take in Times Square in a brand new light.
Lastly, the 13-speaker Revel system is designed for an enhanced audio experience. Unsatisfied with standard audio systems built into cars, a lot of people invest a great deal of money in customizing their audio system to meet their needs. The Revel system has an impressive set up allowing for surround sound and adjustable listening modes. With a speaker on every door, every passenger in the car gets a clear resonant musical emission within ears reach.
All in all, my trip was incredibly smooth. The auto brake button helped ease my foot off the break, whenever I was in a traffic jam, while my seating options allowed for complete comfort. It’s versatile enough for an evening out or for packing the kids into the car for a road trip. I personally find it to be quite impressive in its convenience. With this type of improvement in a crossover, my mind can only imagine what Lincoln will come up with next year, with the Lincoln Continental.
What do you think about some of these awesome features? Is this new model, your type of car? Reach out to me and let’s discuss pronto!
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