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2012 Lincoln MKX

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2012 Lincoln MKX Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.
Favorite Features

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
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 178 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

There hasn't been a better car

By on Sunday, April 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Driving this gem is almost as good as making love.

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

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: "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."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

love this car i have for seven yrs!!!

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

Love the car it handle great smooth luxury ride.

By on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good size luxury"

Cons: "Sync has issues"

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

"I love the look of this auto feels like a luxury car, only issue is the voice recognition not the best."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Runs great but need more of a car -

By on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great rides - lot of extra bells and whistles"

Cons: "could be more economical on the gas"

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

"Since we bought we have been added 3 more granddaughters who need more space than we have in this lincoln"

My MKX is a beautiful jewel!

By on Thursday, February 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

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: "I still get compliments after five years."

Cons: "It's a "CON" for not owning a MKX!"

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

"I owned the first Lincoln Sepher and thought it was great and would have never traded until the MKX came out. It looks good, feels great and is always ready to go when I am on the move."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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