2016 Lexus RX 350 vs Lincoln MKX vs Volvo XC60 T6 Drag Race & Mega Mashup Review [Video]

It’s a midsize, luxury crossover ‘mega mashup’ review. In this TFLcar comparison, we do a comprehensive review of three leading premium crossovers – the 2016 Lincoln MKX vs Lexus RX 350 F Sport vs Volvo XC60 T6. Watch to see which one takes the crown.

Performance will be judged at the track where the three contenders will face-off in a drag race, 0-60 mph acceleration, and 60-0 brake tests. Other criteria for this test include judging the interior room, cabin quality, comfort, and measured noise level on the open road.

Both the Lincoln MKX and Lexus RX have been redesigned for the 2016 model year. Thus, they have the latest technology baked into them and feature a modern design language. It has been several years since the Volvo XC60 was introduced, but that doesn’t mean it is dated. New engines available for 2016 augment the Swedish crossover’s good road manners, attractive cabin, and strong safety record.

  2016 Lincoln MKX AWD (Black Label) 2016 Lexus RX 350 F Sport AWD 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E AWD
MSRP $48,575 $49,125 $43,350
MSRP as tested $65,270 $56,995 $52,505
Engine

2.7L EcoBoost V6

3.5L V-6 2.0L supercharged & turbocharged 4-cylinder
Power 335 hp @ 5500 rpm 295 hp @ 6300 rpm 302 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque 380 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm 267 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm 295 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
Transmission 6-speed auto 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Curb Weight 4,387 lbs 4,387 lbs 4,277 lbs
EPA-estimated mpg 17 / 24 /19 (city/hwy/combined) 19 / 26 / 22 (city/hwy) 19 / 27 / 22 (city/hwy)
0-60 mph 1 mile above sea level 7.64 sec 9.15 sec 6.84 sec
Maximum cargo capacity 68.8 cu. ft. 56.3 cu. ft. 67.4 cu. ft.
Measured noise level 65.3 dB 67.5 dB 68.4 dB
Derek Mau
Before becoming an automotive journalist, Derek was diving into engine bays and wiring car audio systems for competitions since high school. Granted, there were a few extra bits and pieces after reassembling everything but nothing ever fell apart on the road. Today Derek applies his enthusiasm and gearhead knowledge into the latest cars, unraveling today's complex automotive technology, and learning the rich history of classic cars.