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The Lincoln MKX was revamped in 2011 and carries over to 2012 mostly unchanged. Four new colors are offered, a 14-channel amplifier is included in the optional THX audio system, and turn signals are now integrated into the exterior mirrors on Premium Package models.
Lincoln claims the MKX enters its segment with both class-leading power output and fuel economy from its 305 horsepower, 3.7-liter V6, which returns 19/26 mpg (city/hwy) on the FWD model, and 17/23 when equipped with all-wheel drive. The 2011 MKX also offers a range of posh standard equipment, including the extremely cool MyLincoln Touch user interface.
For 2010 the MKX gains in integrated convex blind spot mirror, ups its city fuel economy and offers the Midnight Limited Edition Package touting Tuxedo Black metallic paint with body colored grille, ebony interior package and bright chrome 22-inch wheels.
New for 2008 are standard heated and cooled front seats, Reverse Sensing System, memory seats and mirrors and power lumbar support for both the driver and passenger. New options include the SYNC hand-free communication and entertainment system which allows for the synchronization of cell phone and MP3 player media through the vehicle's stereo and two new limited trims: The Limited Edition and Monochrome Limited Edition Packages.
The feature-loaded MKX, Lincoln's first-ever CUV, is designed, equipped and priced to compete very well in the crowded near-luxury crossover segment, which includes the likes of the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Infiniti FX35/45, Lexus RX 350, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Volkswagen Touareg, Volvo XC90 and the soon-to-come Buick Enclave. Its only major disadvantages are the lack of an available third-row seat and, arguably, its unfortunate contribution to the market's confusing hodge-podge of alpha-numeric names.
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.