Lincoln’s been working tirelessly at upping its luxury game, and it’s made incredible strides in recent years, especially with its midsize MKX crossover. A close relative to the Ford Edge, a 2011 refresh helped move the MKX away from looking like a chrome-heavy Edge, then a full redesign in 2016 pulled it even further from its Ford cousin.

Has Lincoln done enough work to make the MKX truly competitive against luxury crossovers from BMW and Mercedes? Continue reading to find out.

Pricing and Equipment

The Lincoln MKX starts from $39,185 for the Premier trim (including $925 in destination charges). We're expecting the midrange Select trim, which starts at $42,475 (including $925 in destination charges), to be the most popular. Standard equipment includes:

  • Eighteen-inch wheels
  • Leather seating
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Wood trim
  • Ambient lighting
  • Power liftgate
  • Ford Sync 3
  • Nine-speaker audio system

Buyers looking for navigation with the Select can add the Select Plus Package, which adds a GPS, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert for an extra $1,100. Other options include a panoramic sunroof, a Climate Package (heated rear seats, heated steering wheel), inflatable seat belts, and a 13-speaker Revel audio system.

Added power is also an option, as buyers can swap out the base 3.7-liter V6 – 303 horsepower with 278 pound-feet of torque with at least 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway – for a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 that produces 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque while netting at least 17 city and 24 highway. The sportier engine adds at $2,000 to the price tag. Both engines pair with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Performance Pros

Lincoln MKX
  • Both V6 engines are potent, but the 2.7-liter turbocharged unit is especially satisfying.
  • While dated, the six-speed automatic transmission is a fine match for both engine options.
  • Impressive body control in the corners and a comfortable ride.

Performance Cons

  • Both engines are thirsty, returning combined ratings of just 20.
  • It’s not going to keep pace with German rivals on a curvy road.
  • Lacks a fuel-saving hybrid or diesel powertrain. We'd be happy with a smaller, more efficient turbocharged model, too.

Interior Pros

  • Well-insulated, keeping wind and engine noise to a minimum.
  • Plenty of standard equipment plus plenty of options make the MKX quite the premium crossover.
  • Safe space for families, thanks to its IIHS Top Safety Pick designation.

Interior Cons

Lincoln MKX
  • Adding premium features jacks the price up very quickly.
  • The center console and the transmission’s push-button controller are cheap-feeling for a luxury crossover, which is a problem we've noticed on a number of Lincolns.
  • A small rear window and big blind spots limit visibility.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The MKX's Black Label trim is particularly well-endowed with the features it needs to take on some of the best Germany has to offer.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Styling is a little so-so in person. Lincoln's twin-wing grille gives the MKX an inflated-MKC look, which is no compliment. Inside, some of the brown-leather options look very dated – think 1978 Continental dated.

The Bottom Line

Over the years, the MKX has come a long way from a warmed-over Ford Edge and into its own skin. Its combination of comfortable ride and stability in the corners and its premium cabin truly make it look and feel like a luxury crossover.