The latest MKX boasts the type of padded stats that always look good on paper, but is it really more than just a shinier Ford Edge? Check it out.
Lincoln MKX Feature Highlights
The MKX is an upscale midsize crossover with seating enough for five. For 2013, Lincoln offers MKX in a single trim level that ranges in price from $39,545 to up around $55,000 depending on options. Shoppers are offered a choice between standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive (AWD models begin at $41,395) and are handed a 305 horsepower V6 with either selection. And if you go all-wheel drive you’ve still got 19 combined MPG to run around on, giving MKX a nice blend of competitive power and livable efficiency.
Confident engine numbers aside, most shoppers will be drawn to MKX for its class and comfort. Space has been made a luxury inside MKX, with rear seat happiness getting as much attention as the front row’s, which is great for family + long trip combinations. Other life-easing standards include heated and ventilated leather seats, remote start, dual-zone climate control, a power liftgate, and SYNC with MyLincoln technology.
Shoppers can opt for more opulence in the form of wood trim, heated rear seats, voice activated navigation, a panoramic sunroof, and all the latest safety technology via one of two equipment group upgrades labeled Premium and Elite- strong names for strong packaged features.
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Lincoln MKX Performance
Lincoln hands MKX a 3.7 liter V6 that puts out 305 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission fitted with paddle shifters is paired with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive options. The paddle shifters allow for manual gear selections, and when it’s time to drop the sports driving for hauling things the trailer tow/sway package offers the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds safely and securely.
Lincoln MKX Fuel Economy
The EPA gives 2013 MKX estimates of 19/26/22 (city/highway/combined) MPG for front-wheel drive editions and 17/23/19 when equipped with all-wheel drive.
Lincoln MKX Interior Highlights
It’s easy to find the good in MKX’s cabin; all you have to do is take a seat and look around. Standard leather and heated/cooled front bucket seats softly cradle you while your hands brush past aluminum trim on the way to some impressive infotainment. The SYNC with MyLincoln Touch interface lets drivers control pretty much everything via steering wheel mounted buttons, voice control, or old fashioned touch- take your pick. And though you’ll probably have to take a long trip to get to know it well, there’s unlimited potential when you finally grasp the system.
You really can’t go wrong in either row, since MKX offers a comfortable 39.6 inches of rear legroom and plenty of shoulder room in back with which to move about, even with three bodies filling the seats. Cargo room measures a healthy 68.6 cubic feet when the 2nd row is stowed; all seats in use, you still get 32 cubes to play with. And the rear seats provide one-touch folding for easy cargo expansion.
Lincoln MKX Safety
Standards for the 2013 MKX include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes with roll stability control and hill start assist, traction control, a rear sensing system, 911 Assist, MyKey restrictive mode, and a Safety Canopy System that contains side curtain airbags for rollover protection.
Optional tech is plentiful and includes rain-sensing windshield wipers and a rearview camera, along with adaptive cruise control paired with a collision warning system, and BLIS (blind spot warning) featuring cross-traffic alert, which warns of oncoming vehicles during backups.
Lincoln MKX Summary
Despite its deceptive powertrain, the MKX offers the type of luxury interior that can take on, and surpass, any crossover in the segment. If creature comforts are what you’re looking for, you’ll find it inside Lincoln’s latest midsize.
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