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2012 Lincoln MKX

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2012 Lincoln MKX Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.2

The 2012 Lincoln MKX is a powerful, refined and luxurious midsize SUV that is based on the Ford Edge. Introduced in 2007, it faces newer and better competitors in this popular segment that includes the Lexus RX, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK, Infiniti FX and Volvo XC60. The Lincoln MKX is only available with two rows of seats, but thanks to its wide dimensions offers comfortable seating for up to five. While it does have Lincoln-only distinguishing features such as a split-wing grille, the car may still be mistaken for the more pedestrian Ford Edge since it carries the same shape and nearly identical dimensions.

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For those looking for a midsize luxury SUV from a domestic automaker, the 2012 Lincoln MKX offers rounded, more traditional looks than the angular and aggressive Cadillac SRX, and the MKX's standard 305-horsepower V6 is still among the most powerful in this class.

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While long-lived, the Lincoln name may not have the appeal or cachet of European and Japanese rivals. With its shared looks, you might feel like you're driving a highly dressed-up Ford Edge. And while it looks sleek, the MyLincoln Touch controls can be frustrating to learn and use.

What's New for 2012

The Lincoln MKX was revamped in 2011 and carries over to 2012 mostly unchanged. Four new colors are offered, a 14-channel amplifier is included in the optional THX audio system, and turn signals are now integrated into the exterior mirrors on Premium Package models.

Driving the MKX

Driving Impressions The Lincoln MKX is a strong performer, with both commendable acceleration and a compliant ride. All-wheel drive helps keep things under control during hard acceleration, which can cause torque steer...

in front-drive models. While the seating position is high, the massive dash can impede forward visibility. At highway speeds, the MKX delivers a comfortable, quiet, car-like ride.

Blind-spot Monitoring System
The blind-spot monitoring system that comes standard is a wonderful safety net when it comes to preventing collisions with motorists that sneak up from behind and whip around your vehicle.

Power-operated Liftgate
The power-operated liftgate, which also comes standard in the Lincoln MKX, is a super convenient feature to have when your hands are otherwise full. All it takes is a push of a button to raise or lower the big rear door.

2012 Lincoln MKX Details
Interior

The 2012 Lincoln MKX has plush, leather-trimmed seating for five and some surprising standard features, such as heated and cooled front seats. A button starts and stops the 2012 MKX, and all models come with MyLincoln Touch, which replaces traditional buttons and knobs with a touch-sensitive screen and flush keys controlled with the touch of a finger. The system also uses voice recognition to help keep the driver focused on the road. Aluminum and optional wood trim help lend a luxurious feel to the cabin. In back, there is more than 32 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats, a number that more than doubles with the seats down.

Exterior

The 2012 MKX carries over the facelift from 2011, when it received a new hood, front fenders and rear fascia. Up front is the most striking MKX feature: a massive, shiny split-wing grille, which gives the impression of power and prestige. At 87.5 inches across, the Lincoln MKX is several inches wider than competitors, something to keep in mind if you need to park in tight places like a cramped garage. In back, the LED crossbar that used to span the liftgate is gone, but the sporty dual exhausts with chrome tips remain. Even entry-level, front-wheel-drive (FWD) MKX models ride on 18-inch aluminum wheels, with massive 20-inchers optional.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Climate-controlled front seats are just one amenity that comes standard in the Lincoln MKX that can be a costly option in its competitors. Blind-spot monitoring is another useful and appreciated feature, which uses an illuminated warning in the side mirrors to alert the driver to the presence of a vehicle in the next lane. Remote start allows one to turn on the vehicle before even entering it, and four 12-volt power outlets can keep electronic devices juiced. Other features included in every 2012 MKX include anti-theft alarm, universal garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror and air filtration system.

Optional Equipment

Heated rear seats, navigation system, rear-view camera, panoramic moonroof, and a THX II-certified sound system with HD Radio are among the numerous extra features available on the 2012 MKX. Other add-ons of note include a heated steering wheel that those who get cold hands will appreciate, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive HID headlights, and a safety system that alerts the driver to cross traffic.

Under the Hood

All versions of the 2012 MKX are motivated by a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower, second only to the Cadillac SRX, which is rated at 308 horsepower. The sole transmission offered is a 6-speed automatic that can be shifted manually with steering-wheel-mounted paddles.


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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2012 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

HIGH QUALITY/LOW MAINTENANCE

By on Monday, February 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 10.0
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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."

10 people out of 17 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

Love! Love! Love!

By on Sunday, November 30, 2014

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

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: "size, dependability, comfort, accesories are great"

Cons: "none"

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

"This is the best car I have ever owned! It is the right size for me, not to big, not too small! The backup camera is so helpful, not to mention so is the blind spot light in the my mirrors! Not having to search for my keys has truly spoiled me, couldn't live without now! Also have not had any mechanical issues, which has been the norm for all my other vehicles. Just a pleasure to drive!"

4 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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