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2012 Lincoln MKX

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2012 Lincoln MKX Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.2

The 2012 Lincoln MKX is a powerful, refined and luxurious midsize SUV that is based on the Ford Edge. Introduced in 2007, it faces newer and better competitors in this popular segment that includes the Lexus RX, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK, Infiniti FX and Volvo XC60. The Lincoln MKX is only available with two rows of seats, but thanks to its wide dimensions offers comfortable seating for up to five. While it does have Lincoln-only distinguishing features such as a split-wing grille, the car may still be mistaken for the more pedestrian Ford Edge since it carries the same shape and nearly identical dimensions.

You'll Like This Car If...

For those looking for a midsize luxury SUV from a domestic automaker, the 2012 Lincoln MKX offers rounded, more traditional looks than the angular and aggressive Cadillac SRX, and the MKX's standard 305-horsepower V6 is still 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 highly dressed-up Ford Edge. And while it looks sleek, the MyLincoln Touch controls can be frustrating to learn and use.

What's New for 2012

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.

Driving the MKX
Driving Impressions

The Lincoln MKX is a strong performer, with both commendable acceleration and a compliant ride. All-wheel drive helps keep things under control during hard acceleration, which can cause torque steer...

... in front-drive 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.

Blind-spot Monitoring System
The blind-spot monitoring system that comes standard is a wonderful safety net when it comes to preventing collisions with motorists that sneak up from behind and whip around your vehicle.

Power-operated Liftgate
The power-operated liftgate, which also comes standard in the Lincoln MKX, is a super convenient feature to have when your hands are otherwise full. All it takes is a push of a button to raise or lower the big rear door.

2012 Lincoln MKX Details
Interior

The 2012 Lincoln MKX has plush, leather-trimmed seating for five and some surprising standard features, such as heated and cooled front seats. A button starts and stops the 2012 MKX, and all models come with MyLincoln Touch, which replaces traditional buttons and knobs with a touch-sensitive screen and flush keys controlled with the touch of a finger. The system also uses voice recognition to help keep the driver focused on the road. Aluminum and optional wood trim help lend a luxurious feel to the cabin. In back, there is more than 32 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats, a number that more than doubles with the seats down.

Exterior

The 2012 MKX carries over the facelift from 2011, when it received a new hood, front fenders and rear fascia. Up front is the most striking MKX feature: a massive, shiny split-wing grille, which gives the impression of power and prestige. At 87.5 inches across, the Lincoln MKX is several inches wider than competitors, something to keep in mind if you need to park in tight places like a cramped garage. In back, the LED crossbar that used to span the liftgate is gone, but the sporty dual exhausts with chrome tips remain. Even entry-level, front-wheel-drive (FWD) MKX models ride on 18-inch aluminum wheels, with massive 20-inchers optional.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Climate-controlled front seats are just one amenity that comes standard in the Lincoln MKX that can be a costly option in its competitors. Blind-spot monitoring is another useful and appreciated feature, which uses an illuminated warning in the side mirrors to alert the driver to the presence of a vehicle in the next lane. 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 included in every 2012 MKX include anti-theft alarm, universal garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror and air filtration system.

Optional Equipment

Heated rear seats, navigation system, rear-view camera, panoramic moonroof, and a THX II-certified sound system with HD Radio are among the numerous extra features available on the 2012 MKX. Other add-ons of note include a heated steering wheel that those who get cold hands will appreciate, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive HID headlights, and a safety system that alerts the driver to cross traffic.

Under the Hood

All versions of the 2012 MKX are motivated by a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower, second only to the Cadillac SRX, which is rated at 308 horsepower. 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 (FWD), 17/23 (AWD)

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2012 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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