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2011 Lincoln MKX

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2011 Lincoln MKX Review

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Lincoln's MKX enters the market in a rapidly expanding segment – the luxury crossover, a decidedly gray area on today's automotive landscape. Therefore, it will have plenty of competition to deal with both in and out of segment, from cheaper and equally accommodating offerings from parent company Ford (the Edge) to high-end European examples (Mercedes-Benz ML) to a new breed of what might be termed "crossover crossovers," that is, crossovers mated with traditional mid-size sedan platforms, like the Honda Accord Crosstour, Toyota Venza, or at the upper end, BMW 5 Series GT. The 2011 MKX will be offered in two iterations: the basic front-wheel drive (FWD) platform, or an all-wheel drive (AWD) model for about $2,000 more.

You'll Like This Car If...

You may like the 2011 Lincoln MKX if you like to balance luxury and an impressive range of standard equipment with a reasonable price point. Even a standard MKX comes loaded with both convenience and safety features, like the MyLincoln Touch multimedia interface, or Lincoln's Personal Safety System, with dual-stage front airbags and front safety belt pretensioners, and the Safety Canopy System with rollover-sensing capability and side curtain airbags.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like the MKX if you expect to fly completely under the radar. The MKX's styling is nothing if not in your face, with a battering ram front fascia and a whole lot of chrome. Depending on your view, all of that could be good or bad.

What's New for 2011

Lincoln claims the MKX enters its segment with both class-leading power output and fuel economy from its 305 horsepower, 3.7-liter V6, which returns 19/26 mpg (city/hwy) on the FWD model, and 17/23 when equipped with all-wheel drive. The 2011 MKX also offers a range of posh standard equipment, including the extremely cool MyLincoln Touch user interface.

Driving the MKX

Driving Impressions One thing we'd definitely do: Pass over the FWD for the AWD platform. Given the goodly output from the 305-hp V6 (with a not-insignificant 280 lb-ft of peak torque), you...

can expect perceptible torque steer from the front-drive model under spirited acceleration. On the topic of get-up and go, there's more than enough, thanks not only to the significant bump in horsepower (40) over the 2010 car, but also to the six-speed automatic transmission. Finally, and not that the typical crossover-crossover buyer will be looking for it, but either model comes with a satisfying growl when the gas pedal is depressed and the big six is put to use.

SYNC
You've got to love the Ford Group's SYNC technology. Not only is it fun to use, it pretty much negates the peril of manually interacting with your multimedia while you're caught up in the act of driving. Despite having the shortcomings in recognition (with which all speech systems are plagued), the SYNC now recognizes more than 10,000 commands.

All-wheel drive
For less than $2,000, you can opt for the all-wheel-drive MKX over the front-driver and instantly supersize your overall driving experience. It's true that the AWD likely will not net the fuel economy figures of the front-drive version under similar conditions, but we're willing to sacrifice a little bit of gas for a more engaging go behind the wheel.

2011 Lincoln MKX Details
2011 Lincoln MKX photo Interior

We feel the interior quality represents and night-and-day difference over its predecessor. The center stack, stitched center console, and new wrapped and stitched instrument panel in particular convey a recognizable sense of style. The instrument cluster incorporates two full-color LCD screens, the left containing information such as the trip odometer, average fuel economy, and selected vehicle settings, the right allowing users to interface with the multimedia technology.

Exterior
2011 Lincoln MKX photo

The styling of the 2011 Lincoln MKX, particularly the front, could be deemed somewhat controversial. But of course that's all open to subjective debate. Lincoln itself points out the extreme attention to detail, in the head- and tail lamps for example, with a "floating chrome bezel" and available adaptive HIDs fore, and an "indirect LED system" in the rear that hides the light source while still allowing the intensity to shine through. Lincoln also points to the new 18-inch (standard) and 20-inch (optional) wheels as pointed elements of the car's overall design.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

For the base price, whether you go FWD or AWD, the 2011 Lincoln MKX comes with a wide range of standard equipment. At the top of the list is the voice-controlled SYNC technology – which allows the user to control the radio, MP3 player, navigation system (note that nav is an available option), or the climate control systems – and the touch-sensitive MyLincoln Touch interface. The MKX also includes niceties like heated and cooled seats that, once you use on a particularly cold morning or hot afternoon, you'll never know how you got along without them.

Optional Equipment

Although we often feel premium vehicles such as this should come with this option standard – yet most don't – the MKX is available with "intelligent access," which allows you to lock and unlock the car by touch, and start and stop the engine with a single button. There is also the optional all-wheel drive for an $1,850 premium that enhances the driving experience through improved grip on the road surface.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Lincoln MKX is available with just one powerplant, but it's a good one: a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 305 peak horsepower – 40 more than the outgoing product, as well as fuel economy that has increased by one mile per gallon in each category: city, highway, and combined. This is largely due to the introduction of Ti-VCT variable camshaft timing technology. Both the claimed power output and fuel economy figures put this engine in at the top of the class in its segment. In both the FWD and AWD models, the V6 is linked to a six-speed Selectshift automatic transmission.

3.7-liter V6
305 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
280 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (FWD), 17/23 (AWD)

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2011 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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