Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2016 GMC TERRAIN VS 2016 Lincoln MKX In IA

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2016 Lincoln MKX

Safety Comparison

Both the Terrain 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, 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 GMC Terrain is safer than the Lincoln MKX:


Lincoln MKX

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

501 lbs.

647 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

18 inches

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

Warranty Comparison

The Terrain’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Lincoln MKX’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 57 percent more GMC dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Terrain’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Terrain third among compact SUVs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Lincoln MKX isn’t in the top three in its category.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Terrain uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Lincoln MKX with the 2.7 turbo V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Terrain V6’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Lincoln MKX AWD’s standard fuel tank (20.9 vs. 18.5 gallons).


Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Terrain’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.

The Terrain stops much shorter than the Lincoln MKX:


Lincoln MKX

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

Chassis Comparison

The GMC Terrain may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 pounds less than the Lincoln MKX.

The Terrain is 4.5 inches shorter than the Lincoln MKX, making the Terrain easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Recommendations Comparison

The GMC Terrain won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

The GMC Terrain outsold the Lincoln MKX by over five to one during 2015.

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