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2008 Lincoln MKX

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2008 Lincoln MKX Review

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Introduced along with the nicely reworked Navigator SUV in 2007, Lincoln's MKX continues for 2008 as the first crossover utility vehicle (CUV) to wear the Lincoln badge. The 2008 Lincoln MKX is a welcome addition to the luxury brand's stable. Lincoln is far from first to the car-based "crossover" party, but the MKX is fresh in terms of its generally excellent blend of style, function, features and driving dynamics. One thing it does not have -- somewhat surprisingly, given its fairly substantial size -- is an available third-row seat. Three-seat CUV seekers can check out Ford's less expensive and more conservatively styled Freestyle, but there is no Lincoln version of that.

You'll Like This Car If...

If the styling appeals, the features delight, the price is right and you're ready for a credible alternative to some better-known imports, this handsome 2008 Lincoln MXK CUV may be an excellent choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're not yet ready to welcome a "near luxury" Lincoln onto your crossover consideration list, or if your needs absolutely require a third-row seat, there are plenty of alternatives out there.

What's New for 2008

New for 2008 are standard heated and cooled front seats, Reverse Sensing System, memory seats and mirrors and power lumbar support for both the driver and passenger. New options include the SYNC hand-free communication and entertainment system which allows for the synchronization of cell phone and MP3 player media through the vehicle's stereo and two new limited trims: The Limited Edition and Monochrome Limited Edition Packages.

Driving the MKX

Driving Impressions We found the 2008 Lincoln MKX's acceleration subjectively excellent from rest or almost any speed, though no manu-matic feature is provided for those who sometimes like to select their own...

gears. The MacPherson strut front suspension uses ride-smoothing hydro bushings on an isolated subframe. The four-link independent rear suspension has outboard rear shocks for improved wheel control. The available "intelligent" all-wheel drive monitors and predicts traction at all four wheels and delivers torque to those with the best grip. It all works surprisingly well to deliver a near-car-like ride and agile handling despite its 4,220-pound base curb weight. This may be the quietest Lincoln ever built, but (partly to accommodate the huge Vista Roof) there's no front passenger assist handle.

Adaptive Front Lighting
The MKX's projector-beam headlights pivot with the steering to illuminate as much as 36 more feet of road during cornering.

Panoramic Vista Roof
A giant 27.3- by 29.4-inch optional forward sunroof slides open fully or tilts to vent at the touch of a switch, while a 15.75- by 31.3-inch fixed rear moon roof gives rear-seat passengers an overhead sky view. Dual power sunshades operate concurrently to block out glare when desired.

2008 Lincoln MKX Details
Interior

The ultra-quiet cabin features large, legible gauges and a well-organized center stack housing the audio and optional DVD navigation systems. Accents are satin nickel or optional wood, and interior lighting is cool white. The large, deep console box has adjustable inserts that can accommodate CDs, purses or laptop computers. The 60/40-split second-row seat provides impressive roominess in all dimensions and can fold forward into a level floor or recline up to 15 degrees with the same easy-to-use handle. The large rear liftgate opens to 31.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row or 68.7 with it folded.

Exterior
2008 Lincoln MKX photo

The 2008 Lincoln MKX (unlike its full-size SUV big brother Navigator) is noticeably devoid of gratuitous chrome, or "bling." Its handsome look begins with a heritage Lincoln grille, integrated fog lamps and a steeply-sloped windshield, extends along its high-shouldered, flare-fendered flanks with blacked-out rocker panels and finishes with a fast-sloping rear window under an integrated roof spoiler, wrap-around taillights connected by edge-to-edge LEDs across the liftgate and sporty dual exhausts. To enhance its stance and optimize interior room, the standard 18-inch wheels are pushed as far as possible toward the corners.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The nicely-equipped 2008 Lincoln MKX comes with automatic headlamps, leather seating, ten-way power heated and cooled front seats, driver and passenger power lumbar support, Reverse Sensing System, leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, dual air conditioning with particulate filter, six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, power rack-and-pinion steering, 18-inch machined-aluminum wheels, power mirrors, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry with keypad, premium MP3-capable audio with six-CD changer, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and four 12-volt outlets. Standard safety features include four-wheel disc four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control with Roll Stability Control (RSC) and six airbags: Dual-stage fronts, seat-mounted side bags and a Safety Canopy air-curtain system with rollover detection.

Optional Equipment

Among the many MKX options are all-wheel drive, 20-inch chromed wheels, adaptive front lighting, a panoramic Vista Roof, heated rear seats, three choices of wood interior trim, a 600-watt, 14-speaker THX Certified audio system and DVD navigation with voice technology that can read turn-by-turn directions in three languages, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with an eight-inch drop-down screen, an Easy Fold remote switch that drops the second-row seats flat and an MP3 input jack. The new Lincoln SYNC hands-free communication and entertainment system allows MP3 devices and cell phone control through the audio system via push-button input or voice command.

Under the Hood

The MKX's 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve aluminum Duratec 35 V6 delivers 265 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque through a new six-speed multiple-clutch automatic transmission. It boasts variable intake cam timing, a dual-plenum intake manifold and a relatively high 10.3:1 compression ratio to optimize its balance of performance and efficiency.

3.5-liter V6
265 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
250 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 (FWD), 15/22 (AWD)

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2008 Lincoln MKX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 198 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Great Car

By on Sunday, March 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great car for the price"

Cons: "transmission is constantly shifting."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned this car since it was new. Overall it has been a good car. I would have given it a 10 except for the transmission. It seems to constantly shifting."

HIGH QUALITY/LOW MAINTENANCE

By on Monday, February 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Low cost to maintain"

Cons: "Center console"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased MKX new, four and 1/2 years ago. After 77,000 miles have only purchased one set of tires and a couple sets of wiper blades.Other than scheduled maintenance, the car hasn't needed any repairs. Still on the first set of brakes. My first Lincoln and will trade this one in for another MKX. Looked at Ford Edge but cannot beat Lincoln service and free scheduled maintenance offer along with better warranty."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Luxury, Beautiful Vehicle: My THIRD!

By on Saturday, December 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Beautiful drive, EXTREMELY QUIET INTERIOR CABIN!"

Cons: "CHUGS GAS PRETTY QUICKLY"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love Lincoln. I love my MXX 2015! This is my third! That says a lot. This vehicle drives extremely nice both on the Miami streets/in traffic and equally as nice on the highway. The interior cabin is amazingly quiet. Cooled seats, heated seats and heated steering wheel. The sound system quality is better than my wife's Infiniti, a more expensive vehicle. The leather seats are luxurious. I would not trade this car for anything else and in fact, I will be purchasing another in 2 years. It is also very reliable as with all three MXX's, I have never had one issue, ever. The only downside is admittingly, it does seem to suck gas pretty quickly. But with all the other luxurys at a fair and reasonable price considering, its a well balanced trade off."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

my first american made car after 35 years-love it

By on Friday, December 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent car"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased it as certify used with 27000 miles.We take a trip to Miami from Houston and back loaded with 4 people and luggage (trunk space a little tight for our for people luggage but manageable).Comfort of the ride was better than my old Highlander. Plenty of power,fairly quiet inside.And my fuel economy?Round trip between Houston and Miami and back- 25.6 mpg calculated not from computer.Driving in the city I'm getting about 20 t0 22 mpg calculated -better than my 4 cylinder RAV4. In the past 35 or so years I own mostly Toyotas and one subaru-but from now on I will look seriously for American made cars. Love my Lincoln MKX.Most comfort and luxury I ever dream about.So far very reliable and no electrical, mechanical or any other problems.Solid car.I recommend highly."

16 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Outstanding chance at wonderful car

By on Saturday, December 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car fully loaded and extremely clean"

Cons: "Poor local gas mileage 17-18 mpg."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Excellent condition that is being housed in the garage when not in used. We have only taken the car on three trips greater than 700 miles round trip. Serviced on time each three months. Additional Options: Dual Video/Audio monitors."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I've every owned.

By on Thursday, December 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Smooth, solid, quiet. Well designed and relieable."

Cons: "Lacks backup camera (very poor view when backing)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Ride is smooth and very quiet. Very comfortable and performs extremely well on ice and snow. Excellent sound system (premium). Optional Vista Roof opens the whole roof to the sky. Just an all-in-all comfortable and safe ride."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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