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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 217 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Very comfy ride, smooth, quiet & joy to drive

By on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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: "Ride, comfort, handling & Luxurious.."

Cons: "Towing capacity, Hard seat"

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

"I've never owned a ford product before. That being said I fell in love with this 2007 Lincoln MKX on the test drive, it had 79k on it when I bought it, now a little over 90k. Had 2 back surgeries & still hurts a lot to ride in most vehicles but not this MKX. I've had No real problem with it just wish the seat was a little softer on my bottom on longer rides. Handles well & even did well in some bad snow storms last winter. transmission shifts hard every once in a great while,most if it's been sitting for a few days. Also wish it had better towing capabilities, 3,500lbs is about half of what my 08 Pathfinder had. Still would recommend it to anyone mainly due to ride & comfort! I think I'm now a Lincoln Fan!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

One of the two best vehicles I've ever owned.

By on Monday, February 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,704

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "value, reliability and options"

Cons: "None"

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

"Mostly have driven BMWs of late. But the MKX was a better value, more affordable, and had more standard and optional equipment for a comparable price. Vehicle has been extremely reliable - just start it up and drive. Dealership is wonderful to deal with and service department is top notch and very convenient. It's a comfortable ride and is still a head turner when cleaned-up. AWD system works very well. There's almost no place this vehicle can't take me. I have a very steep long driveway and it has only failed to get me up in snow and ice on 2 occasions. Just as good or better than my 4WD Jeep Liberty. I would buy this same model vehicle again if in my price range. But I will be keeping this vehicle for a long time. I have driven it 42,000 miles in exactly 2 years with no issues and same tires."

20 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Love this MKX

By on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "beautiful, fast, excellent mileage, reliable,"

Cons: "Nav system takes you on wild goosechase sometimes"

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

"I have driven this car on 2, 10,000 mile road trips. One was 54 days straight. It ran like a champion, then, and for the entire time I have owned it. Never so much as a hiccup. Smooth, clean and totally reliable. Luxury ride and luxury drive. One road construction near-miss, and she handled like a race car. I love this vehicle. It is the most reliable and beautiful car I have ever owned - Porsche and Q were priors. Mileage getting up there now, time for a switch. Worried, how will I find a beautiful, safe, reliable filly like my Annabelle MKX again!"

33 people out of 42 found this review helpful

My MKX is total Luxury and you will Love it.

By on Monday, October 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Pure Luxury comes standard with quality in mind."

Cons: "rear back up camera optional"

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

"My MKX is very classy and it shows in its lines and curves. There are no shortcuts taken in creating Luxury with its heated/cooled seats and leather which are standard. I Love it and if you try one yourself, you will see how much excellence has been put into this amazing SUV."

20 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Have loved this car 5 years now

By on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,800

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great ride and looks good , perfect size"

Cons: "The touch controls require getting used to"

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

"This is perfect size car, ride is good, the feel of the car is smooth and flawless. I have not had any mechanical issues, the Ford sync takes some getting used to. The AWD is very good on the bad winter roads I have here in my state. I would tell anyone to buy this car."

12 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle I've Owned

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, Ride, Roominess, Zero problems,!,"

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

"Just a solid, no problem ride. All items work as good as the day I bought it. 22mpg in town, 28 on the highway. Friend went for the Smaller Range Rover at $60,000 and misses the room of the MKx at a lesser price."

18 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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