By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 10/10/2012
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.You'll Like This Car If...
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.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 gussied-up Ford Edge. And while the MyLincoln Touch interface looks sleek, the controls can be frustrating to learn and use.What's New for 2013
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 It 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.Favorite Features
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.Notable Optional Equipment
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.Under the Hood
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.