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2018 Lincoln MKX OVERVIEW
The 2018 Lincoln MKX will be the last model year for the MKX name and the ill-fated split-wing grille – soon it will become the Lincoln Nautilus and wear the new corporate fascia. Still, the MKX is a compelling crossover with good handling, strong turbocharged power, and the latest Sync 3 infotainment system.
What's New for 2018
In its final year of the production, changes to the Lincoln MKX are negligible.
Choosing Your Lincoln MKX
The MKX offers two engines, front- or all-wheel drive, and a long list of optional features. Not on the option list, however, is a third row seat, so this mid-sized crossover remains purely a five-person proposition.
The standard 3.7-liter V6 is powerful, with 303 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, but it suffers from poor fuel efficiency at 17 miles per gallon city, 25 highway, and 20 combined with front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive cuts those numbers to 16, 23, and 19 mpg).
The optional 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 isn't much more efficient than the 3.7-liter setup, but it returns its 17 city, 24 highway, and 19 combined ratings while production 335 hp and 380 lb-ft. Going with all-wheel drive sacrifices a point on the city and highway cycles, each, but there's no change to the EPA-estimated combined figure.
A six-speed automatic is fitted with both engines and is down a gear or few compared to its rivals. All-wheel drive demands $2,495 and also includes Lincoln Drive Control which can be used to adjust the adaptive suspension between Comfort, Normal, and Sport.
The MKX is offered in four trims: Premiere, Select, Reserve, and the top tier Black Label.
The Reserve trim is the first chance to include the full active safety suite and also allows the 22-way power adjustable seats to be added too. The upgraded engine isn’t likely to save enough gas to pay for itself anytime soon but the added power may be too enticing to pass up.