Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Explorer VS 2016 Lincoln MKX Near Buford, GA

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2016 Ford Explorer

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2016 Lincoln MKX

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Explorer 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Explorer and the Lincoln MKX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Explorer is safer than the Lincoln MKX:


Lincoln MKX

Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

214 lbs.

281 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

45 G’s

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Explorer Sport/Platinum’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 30 more horsepower (365 vs. 335) than the Lincoln MKX’s optional 2.7 turbo V6.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Explorer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Lincoln MKX:



Front Rotors

13.85 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

11.6 inches

The Explorer’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Lincoln MKX are solid, not vented.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Lincoln MKX.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Explorer offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Lincoln MKX can only carry 5.

The Explorer has 43.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Lincoln MKX (151.6 vs. 108.3).

The Explorer has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Lincoln MKX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the Lincoln MKX.



Third Seat Folded

43.9 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


37.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

81.7 cubic feet

68.8 cubic feet

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