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2016 Lincoln MKX: Car Seat Check

16Lincoln_MKX_CSC_AC_Lead.jpg 2016 Lincoln MKX | Cars.com photo by Angela Conners

CARS.COM — Lincoln’s five-seat midsize SUV is redesigned this year with a refined interior, additional technology features and a premium sound system. Although the 2016 MKX is longer, rear legroom is unchanged at a generous 39.6 inches. For this Car Seat Check, we tested an all-wheel-drive model with leather seats; easy Latch access and enough rear legroom makes the MKX accommodating to car seats.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three might work with a different car seat combination.

What We Like

  • The two sets of Latch anchors are exposed, making connection easy. Similarly, there are three top tether anchors midway down seatbacks; they’re also easy to find and use.
  • In both rear- and forward-facing modes, the convertible installed easily and fit well. We had to remove the head restraint to properly install the forward convertible. We didn’t have to move the front passenger seat forward to fit the seat in rear-facing mode.
  • Our test model had inflatable seat belts in the outboard seats, which can be used when installing a Graco booster and many types of Britax car seats when Latch is not used for installation. Check your car seat’s owner’s manual to see if it can be installed with this type of seat belt.  

What We Don’t

  • The infant seat was easy to install, but we had to move the front passenger seat forward more than an inch to fit the infant seat behind it. Our 5-foot-8 test passenger had just enough knee room and legroom to sit comfortably.
  • The booster fit well on the relatively flat rear seats, but the seat belt buckles sit deep in the seat bight, which might make them tough for kids to dig out.

Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row. 

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com’s Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-6 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

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