Lincoln MKX Review
The 2015 Lincoln MKX ranks 14 out of 17 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.
The 2015 Lincoln MKX is ranked:
The 2015 Lincoln MKX falls short of the competition with lackluster engine power, dull handling and a complicated infotainment system, reviewers say.
Test drivers report that the V6-powered 2015 MKX has sufficient power in most driving situations, but isn’t particularly fast. Some also mention that its six-speed automatic transmission is reluctant to downshift when more power is needed. At an EPA-estimated 18/26 mpg city/highway, the MKX’s fuel economy is on par for the class. Most reviewers think the MKX rides comfortably, though they caution that the optional 22-inch wheels make the ride uncomfortable. According to auto journalists, the MKX has controlled handling, but some say that it feels less athletic than other luxury midsize SUVs.
The 2015 Lincoln MKX’s cabin is attractive and built with high-quality materials, reviewers say. They write that the front seats are spacious, though some mention that the optional panoramic sunroof cuts into headroom for taller occupants. They agree that there is ample space in the back seat. Standard features include two USB ports, the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, the SYNC voice command system and Bluetooth. Optional features include a panoramic sunroof, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, navigation, a rearview camera and a THX audio system. Most critics complain that MyLincoln Touch is complicated to use and sometimes slow to respond to inputs.
- "The MKX may have some appeal as an American luxury SUV (though it's actually made in Canada), but there's no denying that this Lincoln is showing its age compared to newer rivals that have better fuel efficiency, easier-to-use technology and more advanced safety features." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The 2015 Lincoln MKX is a competent five-passenger luxury crossover with plenty of features, but it falls short of most peers in overall performance and daily ease of use." -- Edmunds
- "But, in the 2014 Lincoln MKX, Ford's luxury division seems content to settle for a close runner-up in each category, giving owners a little taste of each at a price that undercuts most of its foreign and domestic competitors." -- AutoTrader (2014)
Other SUVs to Consider
The Lexus RX 350 has outstanding cabin build quality and a very comfortable ride, reviewers say. The RX 350 also offers more cargo space than the MKX, and test drivers like its roomy back seat.
With its available diesel engine, the Volkswagen Touareg gets excellent fuel economy for the class. Reviewers like the Touareg’s sharp steering, classy cabin materials and extremely comfortable front seats.
Details: 2015 Lincoln MKX
The 2015 Lincoln MKX seats five and comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. The MKX comes in one trim level, which is available with three equipment groups that add various features. 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 2015 model years.