By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 6.1
The 2013 Lincoln MKX is a refined and luxurious mid-size SUV based on the Ford Edge. Introduced in 2007 and revamped in 2011, it faces newer and better competitors in this popular segment, which include the Lexus RX, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK, Infiniti FX and Volvo XC60. The MKX does not offer third-row seating, but its wide dimensions ensure comfortable seating for up to five. While it does have such characteristic Lincoln features as the big split-wing grille, it may still be mistaken for the more pedestrian Ford Edge. The MKX model line is simple: one engine and transmission, choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and a single trim level with three major option groups: Premium, Elite and Limited Edition.
For those looking for a mid-size luxury SUV from a domestic automaker, the 2013 Lincoln MKX offers rounded, more traditional looks than the angular and aggressive Cadillac SRX. The MKX's standard 305-horsepower V6 is among the most powerful in this class.
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 gussied-up Ford Edge. And while the MyLincoln Touch interface looks sleek, the controls can be frustrating to learn and use.
Revamped in 2011, the Lincoln MKX carries over to 2013 with only some new colors, a 22-inch polished-wheel option and minor updates to the MyLincoln Touch electronic interface.
Driving Impressions The Lincoln MKX is an able performer, with reasonable acceleration and a compliant ride, though it is clearly less snug and spirited than some of the more sporty players in...this class. All-wheel drive (AWD) helps keep things under control during hard acceleration, which can induce some torque steer in front-drive (FWD) 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. Be aware that the big-wheel options, the 20-inchers and especially the new 22s, introduce some noticeable ride stiffness.
BLIND-SPOT MONITORING SYSTEM
The blind-spot monitoring system that comes in the Elite option group is a wonderful safety net when it comes to preventing collisions with motorists that sneak up behind and whip around you.
The power-operated liftgate, which comes standard in the Lincoln MKX, is a super convenient feature to have when your hands are full. All it takes is a push of a button to raise or lower the big rear door.
The 2013 Lincoln MKX has plush, leather-trimmed seating for five and generous standard features, such as heated and cooled front seats. All models come with the MyLincoln Touch interface, which replaces many conventional buttons with a multifunction touch screen. It's modern but a little challenging to operate on the go. The system also uses voice recognition. Aluminum and optional wood trim help lend a luxurious feel to the cabin. In back, more than 32 cubic feet of cargo space lies behind the second-row seats, and that more than doubles with the seats folded.Exterior
The 2013 MKX carries over the facelift from 2011, when it received a new hood, front fenders and rear fascia. Up front is the MKX's signature feature: a massive, shiny split-wing grille, which gives the impression of power and prestige as it ties the MKX to other Lincolns in the current family. At 87.5 inches across, the Lincoln MKX is several inches wider than some competitors, which might be significant if you need to park in tight spaces or a cramped garage. Even entry-level, front-wheel-drive MKX models ride on 18-inch aluminum wheels, with massive 20- and even 22-inchers optional.
Climate-controlled front seats (and leather upholstery all around) are among several standard MKX amenities that can be costly options in its competitors. 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 in every 2013 MKX include anti-theft alarm, universal garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, air filtration system, SiriusXM satellite radio (with 6-month subscription) and a media hub with two USB ports, audio/visual input jacks and an SD card reader.
Heated rear seats, navigation system, rearview camera, panoramic moonroof and a THX II-certified sound system with HD Radio are among the numerous extra features available on the 2013 MKX. Other add-ons of note include blind-spot monitoring, a heated steering wheel (highly appreciated in cold climates), rain-sensing wipers, adaptive HID headlights, and a safety system that alerts the driver to approaching cross traffic.
All versions of the 2013 MKX use a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower, second only in this class to the Cadillac SRX's 308 horsepower. Despite that impressive power, the MKX's EPA city/highway fuel-economy ratings are also among the class leaders at 19/26 for a front-drive example and 17/23 for an all-wheel-driver. The sole transmission offered is a 6-speed automatic that can be shifted manually with steering-wheel-mounted paddles.
305 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
280 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg (FWD), 17/23 mpg (AWD)
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a base, FWD 2013 Lincoln MKX comes in near $40,500, including destination. An AWD model starts at just over $42,000. The Premium option package adds $2,850, the Elite costs $5,535, and the Limited Edition adds $1,400 on top of either of the other packages. The base price of the 2013 MKX is higher than base models of the Lexus RX, Cadillac SRX, Mercedes-Benz GLK, BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5, and lower than the Infiniti FX. Like those other vehicles, options can quickly take the price of a Lincoln MKX past $55,000. Down the road, we expect the Lincoln MKX to retain its value a little less well than Audi's Q5 and Volvo's XC60 and not nearly as well as the Lexus RX and BMW X3.
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."
3 people out of 6 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."
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."
10 people out of 14 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."
9 people out of 9 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