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KBB Expert Rating: 5.9
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
305 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
280 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (FWD), 17/23 (AWD)
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."
5 people out of 8 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."
3 people out of 3 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."
11 people out of 15 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."
9 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By Denis on Saturday, April 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Everything I can think of."
Cons: "Can't buy anything to make it look or drive better"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"In febuary 2012 I bought this vehicule used from a Lincoln dealer with 16500 kilometers. On my way to a Cadillac dealer to buy an SRX I remembered a friend had told me that the MKX had changed a lot for 2011, they changed the looks of the front end, new engine and lots of interior modifications and upgrades so... I took the time to drive by the Lincoln dealership just "to see" and BANG... there it was, I fell in love with this extra clean blue, chromed to my taste, full of extras Lincoln MKX. With the dealer permission my wife and I took it for a 3 hour drive test and we finally never went to the Cadillac dealer and to this day we have absolutely NO regrets with my decision. I can't remember how many times I was asked if I liked it and told how great it looks. The vehicule is the greatest car I ever owed. I am 64 and I had my 1st car I was 18. The only repair I had during the pass 2 years was for a power steering hose that was repaired under warranty. The Lincoln Sync system is a joy to work with. It recognised my commands the first time I used it. The Bluetooth connects to my phone quickly and is easy to use. The navigating system is a charm to use and gives very precise directions with the choice of voices easy to understand with 3 or 4 different language accents. Lots of engine power and torque. The car is super quiet and very good on fuel economy for an SUV. Just love it and when and if I change car I will buy an other MKX."
10 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By jimbob on Friday, March 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "great car"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"worth every penny comfort, style and reliability. I have done regular services and replaced one bearing. I got this @ 28k and it was a good purchase"
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful