As Lincoln looks to remake its luxury division image, the Lincoln MKX is not only a good foundation on which to build, but also gives the upscale Ford unit something to brag about by claiming the 5-Year Cost to Own Award in its category.
Featuring the split-wing grille that is Lincoln's calling card, this 5-passenger crossover offers ample room front and rear, 305-horsepower V6 power and the option of front- or all-wheel drive. The MKX's muscular presence is further enhanced by standard 18-inch wheels, with huge 20- and 22-inch wheels available as options. Despite its size and power, the MKX delivers impressive 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway fuel economy.
The MKX comes with a long list of standard equipment including remote start, an air filtration system, universal garage door opener and a media hub with two USB ports, input jacks and an SD card reader. Options include a panoramic sunroof that stretches from the front to back, and safety features like blind spot warning.
The luxury quotient is high in the interior, offering leather trimmed seats with heating and cooling in both front buckets. Aluminum and optional wood trim add to the upscale aura, but while the MyLincoln Touch system is also modern, it will take a little practice to get the right touch to operate all the controls. Still, with plenty of interior room (it's one of the widest crossovers in its class), smart looks and low cost of ownership over 5 years, the MKX should be a sign of good things to come from Lincoln — like the forthcoming Lincoln MKC compact crossover SUV arriving in 2014.
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