The Lincoln MKX is mid-size luxury crossover that shares its platform and a number of major mechanical components with the Ford Edge. It recently received a mid-cycle refresh that included updated styling, a more refined interior and a more powerful standard engine.
At first glance, and possibly also from a slight distance, the side profile of the latest Lincoln MKX may appear virtually unchanged from the outgoing model. However, upon closer inspection one should find that the MKX has been reworked front to back, top to bottom, inside and out. The MKX has retained its basic silhouette, but the fine lines, details and design cues provide a fresher, cleaner and arguably more sophisticated look and feel.
The outgoing MKX featured an almost mesh-like grille, but Lincoln hopes that the all-new split-wing grille will give the MKX the style it needs to stand out as a luxury CUV.
Under the hood is a 3.7-liter Duratec V6 comes equipped with Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) to increase horsepower and torque without a drop in fuel economy compared to the outgoing 3.5-liter V6. This motor provides best-in-class power and torque for a V6 - total horsepower rings in at 305 - a 15 percent bump - and torque totals 280 lb-ft for a 12 percent improvement.
While the MKX impresses on straightaways and can hold its own on twisty roads, its suspension is tuned more for comfort than for agility.
The MKX features six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, which helps deliver EPA certified best-in-class fuel economy in both the city and highway cycles. The MKX achieves 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
When comparing the new MKX's interior to the outgoing model, it is quite apparent that more attention was put into the design and materials for the latest cabin. Inside you will find all-new leather-trimmed seats, comfort sections and a standard tuxedo stripe that are all part of the new Lincoln DNA.
Lincoln also offers two different wood accents - Olive Ash and Walnut Swirl - which extend from the steering wheel to the dashboard and doors. For those who do not find wood to represent luxury, Lincoln also offers a more modern aluminum accent package. Lincoln also reworked the brightwork on the air vents, added genuine stitching to the doors and incorporated softer armrests that feature upgraded materials.
The Lincoln MKX was the first vehicle to ever be equipped with the new MyLincoln interfacing system. MyLincoln allows drivers and passengers to control virtually every aspect of the vehicle's climate, entertainment and interfacing system from their choice of one of two 4.2-inch LCD screens, one 8-inch LCD screen, or voice commands prompted by the steering wheel controls.
Standard and Optional Features
The MKX comes well-equipped as standard with leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, a 10-speaker AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM stereo system with two USB inputs, a reverse sensing system, foglights, a power rear liftgate and 18-inch painted aluminum wheels.
The optional Premium Package adds heated outboard rear seats, a heated steering wheel, premium leather upholstery with tuxedo stripe and piping, a rear view camera, a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, adaptive HID headlights, ambient interior lighting and rain sensing wipers.
The Elite Package includes all Premium Package features while also adding a navigation system, a THX II premium sound system and a panoramic sunroof.
The MKX protects its occupants with standard dual front, side and side-curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.
The Lincoln faces stiff competition from the Cadillac SRX in addition to the Acura RDX, Infiniti EX35 and BMW X3.