2015 Lincoln MKX

Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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2015 Lincoln MKX
2015 Lincoln MKX

New for 2015

The Lincoln MKX remains largely unchanged for the 2015 model year, as the all-new model arrives for the 2016 model year.

Vehicle Overview

The Lincoln MKX is a two-row crossover that offers seating for five, front- or all-wheel drive, and the trappings of luxury. Based on the Ford Edge, the MKX sits below the three-row MKT and above the new MKC compact crossover in the Lincoln crossover lineup.


The 2015 Lincoln MKX utilizes a 305-hp 3.7-liter V-6 that produces 280 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with a six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive, but can be equipped with an all-wheel-drive system. The EPA rates the MKX for 18/26 mpg (city/highway) in FWD trim, and 17/23 mpg in AWD trim. Despite the replacement on the horizon, the 2015 MKX remains a nicely appointed luxury crossover, with features such as Bridge of Weir leather, genuine wood trim, heated/cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, dual-zone climate control, and dynamic interior ambient lighting. Inside the MKX, there is no shortage of technology to go with the luxury features, from the latest version of the controversial MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, to the THX II audio system, to the safety features such as adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, blind spot warning with cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, and a rear view camera. The exterior features HID headlights, LED taillights, a power liftgate and a panoramic vista roof that spans across both rows.
The 2015 Lincoln MKX received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and received four ratings of good in IIHS tests (the highest possible rating is good).

What We Think

For 2015, the Lincoln MKX enters its last year before being replaced by an all-new model for the 2016 model year. The MKX received its last major update in 2011, taking it one step down the path towards a more serious Lincoln. As we pointed out in a 2011 Editor’s Notebook review, “Lincoln still lacks the cache and the perceived quality to go toe to toe with Toyota's premium brand, but if it keeps taking steps forward, it will in the relatively near future.” Well, that future is nearly here, and with the introduction of the smaller MKC we can see that Lincoln is moving in the right direction, but the brand is still not quite there.
The virtues of the 2015 MKX are less a compliment to the Lincoln additions, but more a testament to the excellence of the Ford Edge on which the MKX is based. In our Driven review of a 2011 MKX we pointed out that “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.” If you must buy a crossover right away, there are better options elsewhere, but before long there will be a new contender from Lincoln worth consideration.

You’ll Like

  • Responsive V-6 and 6-speed automatic
  • Everyone can have a heated seat
  • Bridge of Weir leather interior

You Won’t Like

  • Fuel economy isn’t class leading
  • Shows its mainstream roots
  • Buying a 2015 when the new 2016 model is on the way

Key Competitors

  • Cadillac SRX
  • Lexus RX
  • Infiniti QX60
  • Volvo XC60
  • Acura MDX


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Lincoln may not be Buick, but it’s pulling a Buick, with eight Chinese dealerships opening in seven cities this autumn. The plan is to have sixty dealerships in fifty cities by the end of 2016. If Lincoln can sell 150,000 cars per year there, China could become its biggest market.

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2015 Lincoln MKX Specifications

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3.7L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
305 hp @ 6500rpm
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
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
24,000 miles / 24 months
IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
NHTSA Rating Overall
NHTSA Rating Rollover
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength

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