The 2016 Lincoln MKX and 2015 Toyota Highlander are two of the most popular mid-size crossovers available. Both deliver roomy seating, high-tech convenience, and a smooth, swift ride. Read our four-category guide to discover which model is right for you.
The 2016 Lincoln MKX offers impressive luxury, making it our pick in this category. No matter where you choose to sit, you'll enjoy plush, supportive seating. In the driver seat, you'll also enjoy a commanding view of the road. Oft-used controls are always within easy reach. Niceties like leather upholstery maximize passenger comfort.
With its impressive passenger space and supportive seating, the Highlander is a close second place. Its third-row seating gives big families and socialites the extra roomy they require. Thanks to a variety of storage bins, it's easy to organize and stow various carryon items.
Here the Toyota Highlander takes the lead. Its impressive crash scores enhance driver peace of mind. In government crash tests, the Highlander earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Highlander its top score of "Good." Advanced systems scan the surrounding road and warn you of potential danger. These systems include rear cross-traffic alert and frontal collision warning.
Of course, the 2016 Lincoln MKX has modern safety systems as well. Pair a compatible cell phone with the Sync system to automatically call 9-1-1 after a crash. Lane-keeping assist warns you if you're drifting out of the proper lane. Standard features - including antilock brakes and stability and traction control - help you maintain authority over difficult road conditions.
From behind the wheel, the 2016 Lincoln MKX feels nothing but smooth and refined. Handling is responsive and steering is sharp, maximizing performance over both city streets and winding country roads. With so much power under the hood, it's easy to merge onto highways or pass slower vehicles.
The Toyota Highlander isn't far behind. Its V6 engine delivers a swift, comfortable ride. It takes turns with ease, thanks to precise steering and alert handling. With such a responsive ride, it's easy to maneuver the Highlander through narrow city streets and parking lots.
Here we like the 2016 Lincoln MKX's world-class powertrain. Its 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine produces 335 horses and 380 pound-feet of torque for an incredibly quick ride. Lincoln's Drive Control system enhances performance in a variety of different settings.
The Highlander offers two engine options. The standard engine is a 2.6-liter four-cylinder rated for 185 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. If you crave a swifter ride, check out the 3.5-liter V6 engine. It generates 270 horses and 248 pound-feet of torque for impressive acceleration and a smooth, controlled performance.
Both the 2016 Lincoln MKX and the Toyota Highlander crossovers are impressive, but we favor the MKX overall. Under the hood, its potent V6 engine strikes an excellent balance between power and fuel economy. You can also expect a smooth, responsive ride - no matter where you travel. Inside, the cabin is spacious and luxurious. Advanced safety features proactively seek danger so they can give you advance warning. Come in and test drive the MKX today!