The 2014 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.
The 2014 MKX carries the new face of Lincoln, that being an oversized and unmistakable split-wing grille. Though it has its detractors, we think it demonstrates 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 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 2014 Lincoln 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 2014 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 2014 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 18/26 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: 18/26 mpg (FWD), 17/23 mpg (AWD)
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a base, front-wheel-drive 2014 Lincoln MKX comes in near $39,500, including destination. An AWD model starts at under over $41,500. Both prices are nearly $1,000 below the 2013 model. The Premium option package adds $2,950, the Elite costs $5,730, and the Limited Edition adds $1,400 on top of either of the other packages. The base price of the 2014 MKX is lower than the Lexus RX and Infiniti QX70, but slightly higher than the Cadillac SRX, Mercedes-Benz GLK, BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5. Like those other vehicles, options can quickly take the price of a Lincoln MKX past $53,000. 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.
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