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2014 Lincoln MKX

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2014 Lincoln MKX Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.0

The 2014 Lincoln MKX is a stylish and well-equipped midsize luxury crossover SUV. Based on the highly successful Ford Edge, the MKX distances itself with a more expressive front end, a luxurious interior and wealth of standard equipment. With newer and more distinct competitors surrounding the MKX, Lincoln will have to fight for every customer, especially those accustomed to performance-oriented models such as the Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and Mercedes-Benz GLK. Those seeking room for more than five passengers will also be disappointed, as the MKX doesn’t offer a 3rd-row seat option. Powered by a potent V6 engine and offering the option of all-wheel drive (AWD), the MKX’s trump card is its easy to configure option packaging broken into just three distinct groups: Premium, Elite and Limited Edition.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re all about keeping with a traditional American luxury brand, the 2014 Lincoln MKX offers a softer look and ride than its Cadillac counterpart, the SRX. A powerful V6 engine that still achieves good fuel economy is another good reason to own this luxury crossover.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The MKX is not an Audi Q5. If you’re looking for a diesel or hybrid powertrain, a sportier driving experience or a more refined interior, the Europeans still have the upper hand. Also, the MyLincoln Touch system still seems a bit too temperamental.

What's New for 2014

The 2014 MKX receives a revised Limited Edition package and two new exterior colors.

Driving the MKX
Driving Impressions

Although we can’t say the 2014 Lincoln MKX stands out in any particular category, it also doesn’t fail in any of them, either. Acceleration, handling and ride comfort are all...

... above average, but not quite best in class. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the MKX shuns the torque steer sometimes evident on the front-wheel-drive (FWD) models, and it lends an added measure of safety in winter. The MKX’s high seating position is appreciated, although we can’t say the same for the long dash that impedes forward visibility. The MKX is most happy at highway speeds where it cruises effortlessly, shutting out most wind and road noise as it zips along. The bigger wheel and tire options (20 and 22 inches) somewhat help improve handling, but also return a firm ride we don’t think is worth the trade off.

BLIND-SPOT MONITORING SYSTEM
Available with the Elite package option, Lincoln’s blind-spot monitoring system is an important safety feature that can help avoid collisions with traffic out of the driver’s line of site.

CLIMATE-CONTROLLED SEATS
Usually an expensive option on most luxury SUVs (if offered at all), the MKX comes standard with front seats that can keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

2014 Lincoln MKX Details
Interior

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.

Exterior

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 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 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.

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.

3.7-liter V6
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)

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2014 Lincoln MKX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 217 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

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

Very comfy ride, smooth, quiet & joy to drive

By on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Ride, comfort, handling & Luxurious.."

Cons: "Towing capacity, Hard seat"

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

"I've never owned a ford product before. That being said I fell in love with this 2007 Lincoln MKX on the test drive, it had 79k on it when I bought it, now a little over 90k. Had 2 back surgeries & still hurts a lot to ride in most vehicles but not this MKX. I've had No real problem with it just wish the seat was a little softer on my bottom on longer rides. Handles well & even did well in some bad snow storms last winter. transmission shifts hard every once in a great while,most if it's been sitting for a few days. Also wish it had better towing capabilities, 3,500lbs is about half of what my 08 Pathfinder had. Still would recommend it to anyone mainly due to ride & comfort! I think I'm now a Lincoln Fan!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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

By on Monday, February 1, 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."

20 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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!"

33 people out of 42 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."

20 people out of 28 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."

12 people out of 17 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."

18 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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