2011 Lincoln MKX

Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

2011 lincoln mkx Reviews and News

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Ford has smartly sharpened its product portfolio in the past three years, yet the same can’t be said for the Blue Oval’s supporting brands. Just this June, it was announced that Mercury would be put out to pasture after decades of carbon-copy engineering, and Lincoln’s lineup suffers from virtually the same indifference. However, Ford tells us that the 2011 Lincoln MKX is the first vehicle in a product revolution that is planned for the luxury brand’s lineup.
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Ford says that the new models will bring genuinely distinctive bodies -- not just fascias and soft points -- over shared mechanicals, much like Lincoln’s MKT three-row crossover related to the Ford Flex. But for now, the new MKX is simply a refresh that follows the same old formula: a Ford with a nicer interior, different looks, and more premium features.
More style inside and out
While the 2011 MKX update leaves the sheetmetal between the mirrors and the gas filler virtually untouched, the exterior facelift is more dramatic than the traditional mid-cycle update. Instead of tweaking the details, Ford has started fresh with both front and rear fascias. By dropping the old egg-crate grille in favor of Lincoln’s signature split-wing opening, the MKX strengthens the brand’s visual identity. It’s a concept that most automakers have embraced for years, but Lincoln’s lineup has somehow failed to build a cohesive look in recent times. With the MKX showing the family face, only the Town Car and Navigator remain as holdouts.
As significant as the exterior update is, the interior refresh has even more impact. Lincoln designers and product planners were well aware that the outgoing model lacked the effortless style and luxury of a well-executed premium interior. The new cabin is a fusion of Lexus quality with Cadillac modernity, features a more elegant, graceful design and smarter use of materials. Leather covers the dash, seats, steering wheel, and shift knob, while trim is either aluminum or one of two woods. The new My Lincoln Touch navigation and entertainment system dominates center stack and serves as a highlight of the interior.
In addition to the high level of craftsmanship, the cabin is marked with exceptional quietness thanks to acoustic laminated glass and insulating efforts. The seats are comfortable with generous amounts of room for three rear-seat passengers. Heated and cooled front seats are standard and heated rear seats are an option. Passive entry and keyless ignition, reverse sensors, and remote starting are also standard. Other available equipment includes a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, a backup camera, adaptive cruise control, and a 600-watt, 14-speaker THX II stereo. The MKX rolls on standard 18-inch wheels or optional 20-inch wheels. Pricing starts at $39,95, which makes the Lincoln more expensive than the Cadillac SRX, the Lexus RX350, and the Mercedes-Benz GLK-class, and close in price to the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5.
Touch-and-tell technology
As it is today, Ford’s Sync system encompasses so many functions that it’s a challenge to comprehend its many abilities until you’ve spent time in the car. With the next generation, that becomes even more difficult as new features and a fresh interface create new ways to interact with the car. The Lincoln MKX is the first product to arrive with “MyLincoln Touch powered by Sync,” the new infotainment system that will be standard on every new Lincoln model going forward. The system is centered around an eight-inch display with four core functions: navigation, phone, entertainment, and climate. Below that screen, Lincoln has replaced the traditional physical controls with touch-sensitive nubs. That affords designers increased freedom in how they style the center stack, but in our use it also comes with a few drawbacks. Using a button no longer provides the satisfying haptic feedback of a physical detent and you can’t hunt for buttons by feel (unless you’re willing hit six other buttons in the process), forcing you to take your eyes off the road. Touch-sensitive sliders have replaced fan-speed and volume controls, but trying to execute fine adjustment, particularly with the volume, is often unreliable. What was so wrong with the tried-and-true knob?
2011 Lincoln MKX Center Controls
Consolation comes in the form of steering-wheel-mounted controls and improved voice command. Two five-way controllers on the wheel operate the 4.2-inch LCD screens that flank the central speedometer. The left display shows vehicle functions, such as the trip computer, fuel economy, or a digital tachometer. The right screen works as a redundant display of the center screen, allowing access to the four core functions. There are also dedicated steering-wheel controls for the audio system. The voice recognition system now has a larger vocabulary and has fewer menus to wade through. Passengers connect their devices through Bluetooth or the MediaHub with its two USB ports, an SD card slot, and a set of red/white/yellow RCA connectors. The vehicle can also connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot when parked or you can plug a USB modem into the car to create a mobile Wi-Fi connection for laptop-toting passengers.
Powerful, comfortable luxury
Power comes from a 3.7-liter V-6 with twin-independent variable cam timing. The engine is shared with the Ford Mustang and produces the same power output: 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, and it provides strong acceleration. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission, but buyers can choose front- or all-wheel drive. In front-wheel drive form, the MKX is rated at 19/26 mpg city/highway. Those numbers allow Lincoln to claim best-in-class power and fuel economy for the luxury mid-size crossover segment. Opting for all-wheel drive brings a sizeable fuel economy penalty, dropping mileage to 17/23 mpg.
A retuned suspension and revised bushings have improved handling without adversely affecting ride quality. Wider wheel improve grip. The Lexus RX350 may be more willing to change directions, but won’t hang on with the grip of the MKX. Steering that was once lifeless has been revived by reducing the friction in the steering gear using a new variable-displacement hydraulic power steering pump borrowed from the European Ford Mondeo sedan. Feedback is sorely lacking, but the effort and on-center response are excellent. Front-wheel-drive models transmit a noticeable -- but not significant -- amount of torque steer through the steering wheel during quick acceleration.
Lincoln’s best…
Viewed in it’s own context, the MKX comes off as a convincing luxury crossover, sumptuous inside with a cosseting driving experience and a bit of flair on the outside. This is Lincoln’s best product -- and that speaks to the quality of the Ford Edge on which it’s based. However, savvy buyers will recognize that other luxury makes offer more distinctive five-passenger crossovers, that aren’t so obviously based on a less-expensive vehicle. The Ford DNA may be a great starting point, but to truly thrive as a luxury brand, Lincoln still needs to establish its own character.
2011 Lincoln MKX
On sale: Now
Base price: $39,995
2011 Lincoln MKX Grille
Powertrain
Engine: 24-valve DOHC V-6
Displacement: 3.7 liters (227 cu in)
Power: 305 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 280 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front- or 4-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H: 186.7 x 76.0 x 67.3 in
Wheelbase: 111.2 in
Legroom F/R: 40.7/39.3 in
Headroom F/R: 40.0/39.3 in
Cargo capacity (Second row up/folded): 32.3/68.6 cu ft
Curb weight: 4251 lb
EPA rating (city/highway): 19/26 mpg (front-wheel drive)
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that the 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX have just earned a Top Safety Pick Award. The IIHS tested for performance in front, side, rollover and rear test crash situations and both models earned “Good” ratings for each test, the highest level possible.
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The Ford F-Series, Edge, Ranger, and Lincoln MKX are the latest vehicles to join the recall lists. 2011 Ford Edge, F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, Lincoln MKX
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Lincoln sat on the sidelines at the Detroit auto show as Ford revealed the Vertrek and electric Focus, but the luxury brand wasn't completely neglected. At the show, Ford promised that future Lincolns won't just feature unique designs but different technology as well.
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MyLincoln Touch provided one of the easiest iPhone-syncing experiences I've had in any car. The voice command dialing worked superbly and the sound quality was excellent. I was pleasantly surprised, because I've had so many bad experiences with syncing phones and with voice control in various brands of test cars, I had about given up trying to do it anymore. But Ford and Lincoln have made such a big deal out of MyTouch, I figured I ought to give it a try, and I was glad I did.
2011 Lincoln MKX Front Three Quarters
Pardon me while I devour my hat. Having driven one of the last first-generation MKX crossovers a year prior, I didn't think the new model, despite a snazzy new nose and a tweaked tail, would feel remarkably different.
2011 Lincoln MKX Rear Three Quarters
The good news here is that as Evan notes, Lincoln has taken the MKX as far as it possibly could have without redesigning it from scratch. The main story here is the incorporation of MyFord Touch. I'm still not a fan of trading trusty dials and switches for a slightly lag-prone touch screen, but there's no denying how nice it looks. More important, the new system houses some pretty promising new features, including wi-fi and the ability to synch with certain applications on your smart phone. For the new user, this is all a bit intimidating, but the technologically astute owner will find lots to enjoy.
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2011 Lincoln MKX Rear Three Quarters
Never shy from rating anything a mass number of consumers can get their hands on, Consumer Reports has tested a handful of new SUVs and crossovers, but none were able to crack the magazine’s “Recommended” list.

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$23,225

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2011 Lincoln MKX Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.7L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
Horsepower:
305 hp @ 6500rpm
Torque:
280 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
70,000 miles / 72 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
70,000 miles / 72 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE
Summary
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 FORD F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, EDGE, AND LINCOLN MKX TRUCKS MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 25, 2010, THROUGH NOVEMBER 20, 2010. THESE VEHICLES WERE INSPECTED USING INTEGRATED DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM (IDS) THAT HAD A CUSTOM SOFTWARE ROUTINE TO READ THE SUSPECT BODY CONTROL MODULE (BCM) SERIAL NUMBER. BASED ON THE SERIAL NUMBER THE BCM WAS EITHER NOT AFFECTED OR REPLACED. THE CUSTOM SOFTWARE ROUTINE WAS NOT READING THE CORRECT SET OF CHARACTERS, AND WAS NOT ABLE TO IDENTIFY A BCM THAT REQUIRED REPLACEMENT AFFECTED BCMS MAY HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR AN INTERNAL SHORT.
Consequences
IF AN ELECTRICAL SHORT DEVELOPS, AN OVERHEATING CONDITION MAY OCCUR WHICH COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE FIRE.
Remedy
DEALER WILL INSPECT THE BODY CONTROL MODULE AND IF NECESSARY REPLACE IT FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 7, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.
Potential Units Affected
8,022
Notes
FORD MOTOR COMPANY


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:01
Component
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE:LOCK
Summary
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 EDGE AND LINCOLN MKX VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 1, 2010, THROUGH OCTOBER 8, 2010. THESE VEHICLES WERE SHIPPED WITH INCORRECTLY CONFIGURED ELECTRONIC MODULE SETTINGS THAT DISABLE THE LOCKING FUNCTION OF THE LIFTGATE. ACCORDINGLY, THE VEHICLES FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 206, "DOOR LOCKS AND DOOR RETENTION COMPONENTS."
Consequences
THE LIFTGATE LOCK MAY BE DISABLED AND THE DRIVER MAY NOT BE ABLE TO LOCK THE LIFTGATE USING INTERIOR LOCK SWITCHES OR REMOTE KEY FOB BUTTONS.
Remedy
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL HAVE THE AFFECTED CONTROL MODULES UPDATED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 1, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.
Potential Units Affected
71
Notes
FORD MOTOR COMPANY


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:01
Component
STRUCTURE:BODY
Summary
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, EDGE AND LINCOLN MKX VEHICLES. DURING A SIX-DAY PRODUCTION PERIOD, THE SUPPLIER OF THE BODY CONTROL MODULE MANUFACTURED MODULES THAT MAY HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR AN INTERNAL SHORT.
Consequences
IF AN ELECTRICAL SHORT DEVELOPS, AN OVERHEATING CONDITION MAY OCCUR WHICH CAN RESULT IN AN UNATTENDED VEHICLE FIRE.
Remedy
DEALER WILL REPLACE THE BODY CONTROL MODULE IF NECESSARY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JANUARY 11, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.
Potential Units Affected
14,737
Notes
FORD MOTOR COMPANY


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
3
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
3
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Acceptable
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2011 Lincoln MKX

Depreciation
32.2%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$13,112
32.2%
Insurance
$6,190
15.2%
Fuel Cost
$11,514
28.3%
Financing
$2,587
6.4%
Maintenance
$3,867
9.5%
Repair Costs
$3,054
7.5%
State Fees
$397
1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $40,721 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent