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in 2009 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $15,543 - $17,192
Original MSRP: $37,845 - $39,695
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2009 Lincoln MKX Interior

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The 2009 Lincoln MKX's five-seat interior is both comfortable and luxurious. Reviewers noted the usefulness of the rear seat, the well-located controls and abundant cargo space. However, some interior materials don't quite live up to the upscale image Lincoln was shooting for.

  • "MKX is only slightly more upscale of its Edge sibling. This Lincoln makes wise use of padded surfaces and genuine wood trim. Many of the other interior surfaces are dull, painted plastic that look nothing like the metal they are supposed to imitate." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior is done in the standard Lincoln style with clean, simple shapes and a silvery center control panel, which is more agreeable than some of the fake metal that appears in virtually all new cars." -- Cars.com
  • "It's fairly easy to slide in and out of the MKX's exceptionally quiet, upscale interior, which is roomy for four tall occupants (five if they're slim). They sit high in an airy cabin, which has leather-upholstered seats and wood trim." -- MSN
  • "Inside, the MKX is spacious. The five-passenger cabin is trimmed in leather with wood and satin accents. A 60/40 split rear seat can fold flat to maximize cargo room or recline for added comfort. Lincoln claims best-in-class head and legroom." -- Forbes

Seating

Most reviewers said the MKX's cabin, with room for five, is an asset.

  • "The front seats are outstanding. No third-row seat is available, although such a seat is offered by many midsize rivals. However, the backs of the all-day-comfortable split-folding rear seat, which has an armrest, can be flipped forward to enlarge the cargo area." -- MSN
  • "Fine accommodations with a firm, chair-height [rear] bench. Legroom is good, but taller passengers will find headroom lacking beneath the sunroof housing. The seatback reclines, but its release lever also allows it to fold forward too readily." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Reviewers particularly liked the MKX's well-located and self-explanatory controls, but some reviewers noted a lack of quality in interior materials, such as the satin-nickel trim.

  • "The MKX is loaded with standard comfort and convenience items, including previously optional heated/cooled power front bucket seats and a memory system for the driver's seat and mirrors. Also newly standard are a rear-obstacle detection system (but no rearview camera) and Ford's voice-activated SYNC system to control cell phones and MP3 players." -- MSN
  • "Believe it or not, the 2009 MKX even has a few hefty options packages, like the Elite Package, with a THX-certified audio system with 14 speakers, DVD entertainment, the Panoramic Vista Roof, and a hard-disk-based and voice-activated nav system." -- Car Gurus
  • "The gauges and switches are unobstructed, but the instrument markings lack contrast when the backlight is turned off, making them hard to read. Some drivers may have to stretch to reach the navigation touch screen and its controls. The navigation system absorbs most audio functions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Among the MKX's signature amenities is the THX-II certified surround-sound system, an astonishing bit of audio equipment that's loud enough to pulverize kidney stones while you drive." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "The 'satin-nickel-look' trim, for example, looks less like satin-finished nickel than it does like plastic painted the color of nickel." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- Forbes

Cargo

Cargo space in the MKX measures 31.8 cubic feet or 68.7 with the second-row seat folded. These figures compare favorably with other similar SUVs.

  • "Spacious with the rear seats up or down with a low deck for easy loading. The rear seatbacks conveniently drop via a remote release, though they don't fold completely flat. Interior storage includes a large center console, small glovebox and small dashboard bin." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Cargo capacity is 32 cubic feet behind the second row and 69 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That's more cargo space than the Touareg, but less space than the RX offers." -- Cars.com
  • "Overall driver-seat comfort is aided by resting your elbows on the roomy door armrests and the soft top on the center console. That console, by the way, is really 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." -- Forbes
  • "Cupholders are placed to avoid spills and there's decent interior storage space." -- MSN

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