Based on the Ford Edge, the MKX is Lincolns answer to the luxury crossover market. It shares this overcrowded segment with the Japanese and German marquees, which make it a tough segment to run in.
The MKX only offers a power train option. Power is supplied by a 3.5 liter V-6 that makes 265 hp and 250 ft-lbs of torque. Power can be transferred through standard 18″ wheels in either front or all wheel drive configuration, through a six speed transmission. With this configuration, the MKX can tow 3500 lbs. and still gets 20 combined mpg.
Features abound on the MKX. With only one trim level, most of the equipment you will need is taken care of in the standard package. This offers 18″ wheels, rear parking sensors, power lift gate, dual zone climate control, heated and cooled leather seating. There are several packages offered with a variety of options as well, from the panoramic sunroof to a rear DVD entertainment system. Or from a hard drive based, THX certified audio system to 20 or 22″ wheels and sport tunes suspension.
Bodystyles: Crossover SUV
Engines: 3.5L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: FWD, AWD
With a new model waiting in the wings, the 2010 Lincoln MKX is nearly unchanged save for fuel-economy improvements to the tune of 1 mpg city and highway for front-drive models and 2 mpg city/1 mpg highway for all-wheel drive models, along with two special appearance packages: Midnight Limited Edition and Ultimate Edition.
The MKX has face that’s more in line with the big Navigator SUV than with the newer MKS and MKZ, although that’s likely to change as well soon. In the rear, its tailgate is punctuated by a rear light that goes the vehicle’s entire width.
The MKX has a well-appointed cabin, but its design is truck-like and not particularly fitting for a luxury crossover. Major options include a 12-speaker, 600-watt THX-certified audio system and Vista Roof panoramic sunroof.
The 2010 Lincoln MKX’s all-aluminum 3.5-liter V-6 with 266 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque are beginning to seem modest relative to the competition, although we expect the engine options to be upgraded soon. When combined with the MKX’s two-ton-plus curb weight, which also affects handling and braking, the result is adequate but not sterling acceleration. Overall, ride-quality takes precedence over on-road dynamics.
The Lincoln MKX comes standard with six airbags including front, side, and side curtain airbags for both rows. Other safety features include energy-absorbing door trim, seat-belt pretensioners, and crash severity sensor.
FWD: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
AWD: 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway
- Comfortable ride
- Solid entertainment options
- Low-powered engine
- Dated styling
- Steep price tag
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