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2013 Lincoln MKX

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2013 Lincoln MKX Review

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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.

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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.

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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 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 the MKX

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.

POWER-OPERATED LIFTGATE
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.

2013 Lincoln MKX Details
Interior

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

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.

3.7-liter V6
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)

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2013 Lincoln MKX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 215 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

One of the two best vehicles I've ever owned.

By on Monday, February 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,704

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "value, reliability and options"

Cons: "None"

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

"Mostly have driven BMWs of late. But the MKX was a better value, more affordable, and had more standard and optional equipment for a comparable price. Vehicle has been extremely reliable - just start it up and drive. Dealership is wonderful to deal with and service department is top notch and very convenient. It's a comfortable ride and is still a head turner when cleaned-up. AWD system works very well. There's almost no place this vehicle can't take me. I have a very steep long driveway and it has only failed to get me up in snow and ice on 2 occasions. Just as good or better than my 4WD Jeep Liberty. I would buy this same model vehicle again if in my price range. But I will be keeping this vehicle for a long time. I have driven it 42,000 miles in exactly 2 years with no issues and same tires."

Love this MKX

By on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "beautiful, fast, excellent mileage, reliable,"

Cons: "Nav system takes you on wild goosechase sometimes"

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

"I have driven this car on 2, 10,000 mile road trips. One was 54 days straight. It ran like a champion, then, and for the entire time I have owned it. Never so much as a hiccup. Smooth, clean and totally reliable. Luxury ride and luxury drive. One road construction near-miss, and she handled like a race car. I love this vehicle. It is the most reliable and beautiful car I have ever owned - Porsche and Q were priors. Mileage getting up there now, time for a switch. Worried, how will I find a beautiful, safe, reliable filly like my Annabelle MKX again!"

23 people out of 28 found this review helpful

My MKX is total Luxury and you will Love it.

By on Monday, October 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Pure Luxury comes standard with quality in mind."

Cons: "rear back up camera optional"

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

"My MKX is very classy and it shows in its lines and curves. There are no shortcuts taken in creating Luxury with its heated/cooled seats and leather which are standard. I Love it and if you try one yourself, you will see how much excellence has been put into this amazing SUV."

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Have loved this car 5 years now

By on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great ride and looks good , perfect size"

Cons: "The touch controls require getting used to"

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

"This is perfect size car, ride is good, the feel of the car is smooth and flawless. I have not had any mechanical issues, the Ford sync takes some getting used to. The AWD is very good on the bad winter roads I have here in my state. I would tell anyone to buy this car."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle I've Owned

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, Ride, Roominess, Zero problems,!,"

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

"Just a solid, no problem ride. All items work as good as the day I bought it. 22mpg in town, 28 on the highway. Friend went for the Smaller Range Rover at $60,000 and misses the room of the MKx at a lesser price."

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Love this ride!

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I bought this vehicle off a lease. 1 previous owner. I am a outside sales representative and drive all day. The weather in Western New York isn't always the best but this vehicle handles like a dream. I live in a very hilly area as well. I avg. 20.5 mpg, but with 89000 miles on the odometer I drove it to on a 8 hour drive and averaged up to 25.3 on the highway. It has rear seat heaters as well. Very comfortable if you have lower back problems as well. Highly recommend."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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