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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Lincoln MKX

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Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 18 City / 25 Highway
Pros
  • Smooth ride
  • Quiet and refined interior
  • Spacious cabin
Cons
  • Reduced rear visibility
  • Headlights somewhat dim
Think of the MKX as a Ford Edge with a smoother more inspiring ride and heaps of creature comforts and even more refinement.

Introduction

The Lincoln MKX is an upscale clone of Ford's recently restyled Edge crossover. With its former braking woes sorted out, the MKX is a more sure-footed performer than ever. Model year 2013 brings some very subtle styling touch-ups, but more importantly, a host of safety features, including the new Curve Control, which comes standard, and will grip the road harder than you're gripping the wheel if you've entered a corner with too much gusto; Collision Warning, available as part of the optional Adaptive Cruise Control; and Blind Spot Monitoring. A panoramic sliding glass sunroof is offered, as are 22-inch aluminum wheels. Power is still sourced from the Mustang's 305-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, turned 90 degrees for duty under the MKX's hood. A six-speed automatic allows crisp, strong shifts via paddles mounted on the steering column. Front-wheel-drive is standard, with all-wheel-drive optional.

The latest iteration of SYNC includes MyLincoln Touch, which combines an 8-inch dash-mounted touch screen with touch-sensitive control bars for audio and HVAC control, allows driver to communicate more effectively with machine. Heated and cooled front seats are standard; leather is standard fare throughout the roomy cabin. Reverse sensing technology is important in a tall vehicle with limited rearward visibility, and it comes standard on the MKX. So does remote keyless entry and start.

Combining the long-haul-comfortable upright seating of a crossover with relatively snappy handling and strong V6 power works well in the MKX. Lexus may have invented the luxury crossover the same way Dodge invented the minivan, but Lincoln—with a boost from Ford’s excellent Edge platform—may be close to perfecting it.

Rivals include the Cadillac SRX, which starts cheaper than the MKX, but can rack up a $50k bill of sale fully loaded; the Acura MDX, a luxury crossover stalwart with nearly the same power and torque from a big V6, but less in the way of fuel efficiency; the Lexus RX350, a power player in the luxury crossover segment; and the BMW X3, which offers better driving dynamics and the choice of a turbo four or silky-smooth turbo straight six, but at the cost of interior volume.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Lincoln MKX
Starting price
$20,980

2013 Lincoln MKX Base

Recommended for: anyone who wants a Lincoln crossover with decent highway fuel economy.

With eight-way power adjustable front buckets trimmed in leather, a 10-speaker MP3-compatible sound system, flashy 18-inch alloy wheels, and Ford’s SelectShift six-speed automatic with steering wheel hub-mounted paddles, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the front- and all-wheel drive MKX until you drive them back-to-back or check under the rear of the vehicle for a differential. There’s room for five adults to travel in comfort, and the luxurious rear bench splits 60/40 and folds flat for 68.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity. A trailer hitch is available with the Class II Trailer Towing Prep package, and voice-activated navigation is also an option, bundled with a 14-speaker THX II sound system.

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