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in Luxury Midsize SUVs

MSRP: $38,575 - $40,525
Invoice: $36,647 - $38,499
MPG: 18 City / 26 Hwy
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Lincoln MKX Review

The 2014 Lincoln MKX ranks 15 out of 18 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Lincoln MKX, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Automotive journalists say the 2014 Lincoln MKX offers a pleasant ride and plenty of standard features, but it falters with uninspiring handling and quirky electronic features. 

The Lincoln MKX has a V6 engine that reviewers say delivers adequate power in most situations. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and while some critics say it shifts quickly and smoothly, others note that it can occasionally be slow to downshift. The MKX gets an EPA-estimated 18/26 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 17/23 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive. Both of those ratings are about average for a V6-powered luxury midsize SUV. Reviewers generally agree that the MKX offers predictable handling, though none consider the MKX to be especially athletic on a winding road. Still, most note that the MKX offers a comfortable ride.    

Auto writers report that high-end materials and an elegant interior design make for a posh cabin, which keeps the 2014 Lincoln MKX competitive in the luxury SUV market. The front and rear seats are roomy and comfortable, they say, and cargo space is decent for the class. The 2014 MKX offers an impressive amount of standard features for the class, though many auto writers note that the standard infotainment system is difficult to use. Standard equipment includes a power liftgate, remote start, a 10-speaker CD audio system, satellite radio, the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, an SD card reader, an auxiliary jack and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Optional features include a voice-activated navigation system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, a panoramic moonroof and a premium THX audio system.

  • “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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2013 Lincoln MKX is a respectable choice for a luxury crossover, but we think most other competing models are more desirable overall." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "MKX delivers most everything a luxury crossover buyer could want. It rides well, has good power, and first-class interior appointments. Strikes against it include inconsistent steering feel and its MyFordTouch-derived control interface. Base prices are reasonable, but they quickly skyrocket when costly standalone and packaged options are added. Despite these flaws, MKX deserves serious consideration for shoppers who desire a 5-seat luxury crossover." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Lexus RX 350 has plenty of cargo space, and reviewers appreciate its roomy back seat. Critics also like the RX 350’s comfortable ride, and say that it has an attractively designed cabin that’s built with high-quality materials.

If you need more space, consider the Acura MDX, which seats up to seven people in three rows. The MDX also gets better fuel economy than the MKX, and test drivers praise it for its refined handling and numerous standard features.   

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Details: 2014 Lincoln MKX

The 2014 Lincoln MKX seats five and comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. There is only one trim, with various packages and add-ons, including all-wheel drive. The MKX was introduced for the 2007 model year and was refreshed in 2011, but has seen few major changes since then. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2007 to 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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