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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.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.0
  • 5.8
  • 7.2
  • 5.6
  • 5.8
  • 7.8
How It Ranks

#10

out of 28

Fuel Economy

#5

out of 28

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

9.4 out of 10
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2014 Lincoln MKX Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

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

Driving the MKX
2014 Lincoln MKX Front angle view photo

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.
Favorite Features

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
2014 Lincoln MKX Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo 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
2014 Lincoln MKX photo

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
2014 Lincoln MKX Engine photo

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)

Pricing Notes

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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2014 Lincoln MKX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 178 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

There hasn't been a better car

By on Sunday, April 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very comfortable to drive, rides and handles great"

Cons: "Battery Wiring Harness Went Bad"

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

"wonderful car to own, very little maintenance just changed the tires, brakes and the battery wiring harness in 8 years."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Driving this gem is almost as good as making love.

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything I can think of."

Cons: "Can't buy anything to make it look or drive better"

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

"In febuary 2012 I bought this vehicule used from a Lincoln dealer with 16500 kilometers. On my way to a Cadillac dealer to buy an SRX I remembered a friend had told me that the MKX had changed a lot for 2011, they changed the looks of the front end, new engine and lots of interior modifications and upgrades so... I took the time to drive by the Lincoln dealership just "to see" and BANG... there it was, I fell in love with this extra clean blue, chromed to my taste, full of extras Lincoln MKX. With the dealer permission my wife and I took it for a 3 hour drive test and we finally never went to the Cadillac dealer and to this day we have absolutely NO regrets with my decision. I can't remember how many times I was asked if I liked it and told how great it looks. The vehicule is the greatest car I ever owed. I am 64 and I had my 1st car I was 18. The only repair I had during the pass 2 years was for a power steering hose that was repaired under warranty. The Lincoln Sync system is a joy to work with. It recognised my commands the first time I used it. The Bluetooth connects to my phone quickly and is easy to use. The navigating system is a charm to use and gives very precise directions with the choice of voices easy to understand with 3 or 4 different language accents. Lots of engine power and torque. The car is super quiet and very good on fuel economy for an SUV. Just love it and when and if I change car I will buy an other MKX."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

love this car i have for seven yrs!!!

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great car"

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

"worth every penny comfort, style and reliability. I have done regular services and replaced one bearing. I got this @ 28k and it was a good purchase"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Love the car it handle great smooth luxury ride.

By on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good size luxury"

Cons: "Sync has issues"

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

"I love the look of this auto feels like a luxury car, only issue is the voice recognition not the best."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Runs great but need more of a car -

By on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great rides - lot of extra bells and whistles"

Cons: "could be more economical on the gas"

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

"Since we bought we have been added 3 more granddaughters who need more space than we have in this lincoln"

My MKX is a beautiful jewel!

By on Thursday, February 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "I still get compliments after five years."

Cons: "It's a "CON" for not owning a MKX!"

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

"I owned the first Lincoln Sepher and thought it was great and would have never traded until the MKX came out. It looks good, feels great and is always ready to go when I am on the move."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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