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2010 Lincoln MKX

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2010 Lincoln MKX Review

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Introduced along with the nicely re-worked Navigator SUV in 2007, Lincoln's MKX continues for 2010 as the first crossover utility vehicle (CUV) to wear the Lincoln badge. The 2010 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. However, those needing (or wanting) a three-row vehicle will soon have their desires met with the Ford Flex-based Lincoln MKT.

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 2010 Lincoln MKX 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 2010

For 2010 the MKX gains in integrated convex blind spot mirror, ups its city fuel economy and offers the Midnight Limited Edition Package touting Tuxedo Black metallic paint with body colored grille, ebony interior package and bright chrome 22-inch wheels.

Driving the MKX

Driving Impressions We found the 2010 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.

2010 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

The 2010 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 2010 Lincoln MKX comes with automatic headlamps, leather seating, ten-way power heated and cooled front seats with power lumbar support, Reverse Sensing System, leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, power rear liftgate, dual air conditioning with particulate filter, six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, power rack-and-pinion steering, 18-inch machined-aluminum wheels, remote keyless entry with keypad, premium MP3-capable audio with six-CD changer, SYNC hands-free communication and entertainment system, 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- and 22-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 hard drive based navigation with voice technology that can read turn-by-turn directions in three languages. Also available are a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with an eight-inch drop-down screen and an Easy Fold remote switch that drops the second-row seats flat (part of the Ultimate Package.

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: 18/25 (FWD), 17/23 (AWD)

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2010 Lincoln MKX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 205 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Roomiest and easiest handling CUV

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,919

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Roomy, easy to drive as well as easy to get in/out"

Cons: "Not offered as hybrid - needs better gas mileage"

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

"I love it for ease of getting in/out. Had to downsize from Navigator due to leg issues but haven't had the size issues. It has been very reliable and dependable vehicle. Handles well in torrential rains and/or snow. My friends who own large SUVs say I have a lot more room in the backseat area for passengers, especially leg room; as well as in the storage space. Looking forward to seeing the 2016 MKX."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Not real luxury

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Good reliable vehicle."

Cons: "Basic quality interior."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Owned this SUV since new in 2010. Been very reliable and drives good. Just seems like it falls short of being a luxury type vehicle, more like a Ford Edge than a Lexus."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

I love the ride and the classic design.

By on Friday, April 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable, and roomy"

Cons: "Sun roof is a little noisy."

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

"Great car, dependable. It was a little pricey to buy new, but well worth it. I love the body style - do not care for the current body style."

11 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Big car for its size!

By on Wednesday, April 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Seat comfort. Easy to operate controls."

Cons: "None that I know."

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

"Had to downsize my Navigator due to issues of getting up and in by an elderly family member. Got the MKX. Didn't think I would like it much because it is so much smaller, but, to my surprise I love this car. Rides good, drives good. Big enough to haul nearly anything. All the available goodies make it a luxury vehicle for sure."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

I love my Lincolns

By on Thursday, April 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "handles good"

Cons: "cant judge where the front bumper is when parking"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"the transmission engages very hard sometimes and it seems to get stuck in between gears and revs real high. hard to get it back on track - this only happend a hand full of times. otherwise this truck is sleek and comfortable to drive with lumbar support. an envy of all my friends"

14 people out of 16 found this review helpful

A Great Car!

By on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,215

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

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

From 2010 road trip Nevada

"Bought the Lincoln MKX new in 2008 four trips to the West Coast up and down the East Coast 15 times. This car has been in 46 states. The only work performed on this car has been standard service, new tires, new battery. A great car! Will replace it with a new 2016 or 2017 MKX."

14 people out of 16 found this review helpful

From 2010 road trip Nevada

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