2016 Lincoln MKX vs 2016 Buick Enclave
2016 Lincoln MKX 2016 Buick Enclave
$38,260 MSRP $39,065
303/278 HP/Torque 288/270
5 Passenger Seating 7
37.2 cubic feet Luggage Volume 23.3 cubic feet

2016 Lincoln MKX vs 2016 Buick Enclave

2016 Lincoln MKX hp torque cargo space

The Lincoln MKX and Buick Enclave are a pair of very competitive American-made luxury SUVs. When we compare their features and performance, however, it should become clear that the wise choice is to save some money and go for the MKX. The big twin-turbocharged V6 in the MKX gives it a slight advantage in horsepower and torque on paper, but it really comes into play in the real world. The MKX is a full second and a half quicker from 0-60 mph (6.3 seconds vs 7.8 seconds for the Enclave) and in the standing quarter mile (14.8 seconds vs 16.1 seconds). And yet the MKX still gets better fuel economy than the Enclave (17 mpg city and 26 mpg highway vs 17 and 24)!

So, price and performance are a complete lock in favor of the MKX, but there is a tradeoff in seating capacity. The MKX gives up two seats to create more luggage volume. If you absolutely have to carry seven people, you may need to look elsewhere, but if you can settle for five seats the Lincoln is the place to be. Its Lincoln Drive Control with adaptive suspension and active noise control make for a seriously relaxing and comfortable ride.

Differences between the 2016 Lincoln MKX and 2016 Buick Enclave

Other than passenger seating, we’ve seen how the MKX wallops the Enclave in all of the big-picture categories for a luxury SUV. What happens when we look at the fine details? If you aren’t convinced of the MKX’s superiority yet, this is where you may change your mind. Lincoln has put great attention to detail in their vehicle. The MKX has leatherette seats compared with the Enclave’s cloth. And both front seats in the MKX are heated and fully power-adjustable. The Enclave doesn’t have heated seats, and all passengers have to use manual adjustments. Similarly for the windows, Lincoln has installed one-touch up-down windows all around, while Buick only gives that feature to the driver.

It’s the little things that can make a big difference when using a vehicle to commute day after day by yourself or with the family. The Enclave doesn’t offer standard keyless entry like the MKX. The Enclave’s stereo only has six speakers compared with the MKX’s 10. And the Enclave doesn’t even give you a light in the glovebox to help find what you’re looking for. We think you’ll really appreciate the little things in this Lincoln as much as you can appreciate its big performance and big value. Come and take it for a spin at Lidtke Motors in Beaver Dam, Wis.

2016 Lincoln MKX heated power seats