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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
265 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
250 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 (FWD), 15/22 (AWD)
By LuxuryPlus on Sunday, August 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,932overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "price lower than vehicles in its class"
Cons: "towing weight only for very small RV"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"LOVE this vehicle, just wish it had better towing capacity, not enough to tow anything but very small trailer or popup. Super value in safety for blind spots, visibility driving at night with the moving headlights, comfortable and a solid, quality vehicle."
6 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Nita on Saturday, August 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,400overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "All around comfort and luxury"
Cons: "Front seat space lacking I am an average height"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I am very happy with this vehicle the ratings I expressed are exact however I would like more interior space in the front seat the back seat is like sitting on a sofa"
7 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By Sislee on Saturday, June 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Safe, reliable, low cost upkeep, classy"
Cons: "Got to update GPS...just like any other car system"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I never owned a true luxury vehicle before. Everyday, I promise you, I am so grateful and excited to be the driver of this magnificent MKX crossover. The features are stunning, the quality of driving is smooth and comfortable, the steering is profoundly solid and steady, and I get many compliments how handsome this car is ◆◆◆ even though it's a 2007 model. Envious are those who are seeking to find and buy pre-2014 models without easy accessiblilty. It's understandable. The model doesn't go trendy every year. The MKX is a classic and proven style with charm and dependibility. It quietly has no competition."
8 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By Chris on Friday, June 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks nice, great features"
Cons: "PROBLEMS: electronic, mechanical & Sync systems"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Bought my MKX 1 year used in like-new condition, still with a new car smell, from a Lincoln dealer. Have had it for three years and have a list of problems I have experienced: -Transfer case that communicates with transmission went out after 1 year, took it to dealer when it wasn't driving right, they told me nothing was wrong with it. Two weeks later I was stuck in a 5-street busy intersection during rush hour traffic when it proved me right. -Electronic/Sync system is nothing but problems: constantly freezes up, sometimes won't turn on, sometimes won't turn off, sometimes won't connect Bluetooth, sometimes navigation system works and other times it won't. Asked the dealer to look at it and it's still the same. -Rear caliper was freezing up and caused noise, burning smell, and excessive wear to my brakes. Dealer would only replace the one caliper and would not fix the resulting damage done by it. -Shifter would be in Park but the car would not shut off and was giving a "Shift to Park" notice as if it was not registering being in Park. Took it to dealer and they said there was a problem with the linkage. -Sun roof sometimes will not open or close. -At least three times a month, the "Check fuel fill inlet" notification goes on. I was told this happens with the capless Ford/Lincoln vehicles. -To top it off, Lincoln customer service is poor. They always look at me like I'm crazy or act like I don't know what I'm talking about every time I call or bring the car in saying something is not right... until a problem actually occurs and shows them I am not making it up. I have never received a loaner from them - was told I have to wait or get a ride. Finally, the last time I was there they offered me a loaner so I did not have to miss another day of work sitting at the dealer. They gave me a dirty car with garbage on the floor, a fast food bag with trash left in the center console and stinking of cigarettes. Not to mention, they don't wash your car before they give it back to you, as other dealers have always done for me in the past. I previously owned a GMC Envoy, drove it and only had typical wear & tear maintenance needed over 10 years, until 215k miles. Sold it to a friend and she is STILL driving it three years later. To go from THAT to THIS Lincoln with all of its problems in such a short amount of time with nowhere near the number of miles on it, I have to say Lincoln vehicles have poor quality, poor mechanics, poor electronic systems, and I will never buy another or recommend the brand to anyone. Sure, they look nice and offer attractive features, but save yourself the time, money, and aggravation - this is not a quality brand! I do not anticipate this Lincoln lasting even 100k miles, let alone reaching over 215k as my previous vehicle easily did."
7 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By mjs70 on Monday, June 02, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive ... lap of luxury"
Cons: "The only complaint I have are the front air vents"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is one of the finest autos to drive. The only complaint I have is the two front air vents for air and heat. There is no adjustment you can make to send the air in another direction except in the face or down on the arms. Other than that, I love driving this car and plan on keeping it for sometime."
14 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By Pepper on Sunday, April 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,200overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very comfortable to drive, rides and handles great"
Cons: "Battery Wiring Harness Went Bad"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"wonderful car to own, very little maintenance just changed the tires, brakes and the battery wiring harness in 8 years."
10 people out of 20 found this review helpful