2016 Lincoln MKX first drive
Lower, wider, smoother08/11/2015
What is it?
The quick and easy answer is that Lincoln’s 2016 MKX is the new-for-’15 Ford Edge wearing lipstick and some fancy duds. Dig a little deeper though and the changes are many. No body panel or interior piece is shared between the two, and the
2015 Lincoln Navigator L review notes03/05/2015
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: The 2015 Lincoln Navigator is the first major update to the model since 2007!
The biggest change is dumping the 5.4-liter V8 in favor of a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. A more Lincoln-esque front end is here as well. I like the ginormous interior, especially the big knobs for things like volume and climate. It beats the touchsense stuff required in some other luxury utes.
It drives mostly like the 6,300 pounder it is. There must be a ton of sound deadeners because this baby is quiet on the road. Steering is decent and the ride is smooth. Having a V6 in a truck this heavy might seem like not enough, but no worries: Plenty of power here; feels nice and torquey. The in-dash mpg meter said I averaged 11 mpg home and back to work, so wondering where the “eco” is…
Nevertheless, early indications are the changes seem to be working:
2015 Lincoln Navigator 4x4 V6 first drive02/11/2015
What is it?
The Lincoln Navigator received a redesign for the 2015 model year, bringing an evolving corporate look to a descendant of one of the better-remembered, if not the oldest, entries in the segment. The new model stays true to the original large luxury SUV formula but it has been sensibly updated for a more energy-conscious age -- the recent return of 1990s gas prices notwithstanding.
The first thing that shoppers will notice is the new front fascia, which retains just a hint of the 1961 Lincoln Continental look that was borrowed by the outgoing model. The 2015 Navigator now features a split front fascia which leans heavier on horizontal chrome bars instead of the rectangular mesh pattern that paid homage to the Kennedy Continental. The rear fascia has also been redesigned, adopting a tapered look for the rear bumper in addition to larger helpings of chrome. The two large horizontal taillights have now been joined by a large red horizontal light strip running just below the rear window for a more integrated look, while the side skirts have thankfully lost the large chrome appliques that adorned the bottom sections of the doors. Overall, the appearance is less visually busy, though we do miss the Continental-style grille of the outgoing flagship. Completing the look are standard 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, though 22-inch wheels are also on the menu.