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2008 Lincoln MKX Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Lincoln MKX was new.

The 2008 Lincoln MKX's five-seat interior gets a good score for its spacious and comfortable blend of style and function. However, sub-par interior materials, which don't quite live up to the luxurious image Lincoln is shooting for, bring the score down and result in the interior of the MKX not ranking very highly within its class.

The Los Angeles Times says, "The cabin aesthetics of the MKX -- featuring the so-called 'satin-nickel' finish on the dash and central console -- are just this side of awful, a sugary coating on Ford's stock panels and switches seen in everything from Focus to F-150." Cars.com, on the other hand, calls the interior "clean and reasonably luxurious, with standard leather, pleasing shapes and, in my model, a sensible color [palette]."

Also on the plus side, reviewers especially note the usefulness of the rear seat, which is comfortable even when packed to capacity with three passengers. Well-located controls and abundant cargo space are the icing on the cake. 

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Seating

Most reviewers feel the MKX's cabin, with room for five adults, is an asset. "Throughout the interior we feel pampered and relaxed. Lots of room for everyone and as much stuff as they want to bring along," says The Auto Channel. Most reviewers also enjoy overall seating comfort, especially in the front. As MSN notes, "The comfortable power front bucket seats provide good all-around support. Occupants sit high, and it's fairly easy to slide in and out." For 2008, heated and cooled front seats are standard.

Forbes particularly likes the roomy door armrests and soft center console, but the reviewer does bring up a few negatives worth noting. "The driver's seat was too hard for my taste, but it was made livable by bringing along a stadium seat cushion," the reviewer says. "The seat-to-steering-wheel-to-pedal configuration was fine, as was headroom for my 6-foot-1-inch frame. I did have a problem with my leg getting sore when resting against the hard vertical edge of the central console, so I taped a soft sponge to it and leaned my shin against that." The New York Times adds, "The interior is reasonably comfortable, though the front seats were handicapped by a short, hard bottom cushion." For added comfort, heated and cooled front seats are available as part of the optional Ultimate Package, which also includes other interior conveniences.

The rear seat also receives good reviews. MSN praises the "good leg, head, knee and arm room front or rear and well-padded seats with well proportioned side bolsters for sit-back-and-relax travel -- short or long distance." Plus, the reviewer notes the usefulness of the rear seat, commenting, "there is room for five if the three in back are relatively slender. The middle of the third seat often is too hard for comfort in most vehicles, but not in the MKX."

Interior Features

Reviewers particularly like the MKX's well-located and self-explanatory controls, but some reviewers note a lack of quality in interior materials, such as the satin-nickel trim, which Edmunds says "looks less like satin-finished nickel than it does like plastic painted the color of nickel" -- something that Cars.com goes so far to describe as the MKX's "fatal flaw." The Los Angeles Times says the "retro-modern instruments look economized." However, luxurious features such as the optional panoramic vista sunroof or the now standard heated or cooled seats make up for any minor complaints.

The MKX also comes standard with several luxury features, including leather-trimmed bucket seats, a 60/40 split rear seat, a premium AM/FM stereo/clock/CDx6/MP3 player with six speakers, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob. The Los Angeles Times particularly likes the standard THX-II certified surround-sound system, calling it "an astonishing bit of audio equipment that's loud enough to pulverize kidney stones while you drive." For 2008, Lincoln includes several new standard features, including a driver's-seat memory system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and a hands-free communications and entertainment system called Lincoln Sync.

Navigation

Awarded "Best New System" by J.D. Power for its straightforward design, the MKX's optional DVD-based navigation system combines DVD mapping with global positioning system (GPS) technology. But Forbes has a few qualms about it, noting that "The navigation system has touch-screen control, but the finger prints left behind reflect in direct sunlight and make seeing the data difficult. The system has been lawyered to death, so you have to come to a complete stop to program it. Further, when showing the audio system information, the display is cluttered-looking and way too bright at night. You can darken the navigation map screen to tolerable levels, but the radio screen can't be dimmed enough, so I wound up shutting it off." Likewise, the Los Angeles Times simply calls the system "below par."

Additional Features

One of the most talked about optional features of the Lincoln MKX is the panoramic vista sunroof, available individually or as part of the Elite Package. This enormous sunroof with dual power shades is praised by MSN as doing "more to move the MKX's interior upscale than any other feature. Either open or closed, the gigantic sunroof that stretches from front to aft endows the cabin with a penthouse-like quality, giving great views all around." But keep in mind that the option will cost some headroom -- specifically, 2.2 inches in front and half an inch in the back seat.

Cargo

To increase cargo space, the 60/40 split rear seat folds forward onto the floor or reclines up to 15 degrees. Cargo space measures 31.8 cubic feet or 68.7 with the second-row seat folded -- figures that compare favorably with other similar SUVs, according to Forbes.

Buyers looking for storage space for trinkets may want to know that Forbes also finds the front seat center console particularly useful. "It has two separate compartments -- a shallow one for change, glasses and the like, and a larger bin that has a power outlet, an MP3 jack and a notch in the side to run the cords for a portable MP3 player or phone charger," the reviewer says.

Review Last Updated: 2/18/09

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