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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 Performance

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The majority of reviewers were pleased with the 2009 MKX's overall driving experience, largely noting that it drives more like a luxury sedan than an SUV. Yet they were also quick to point out that the ride is geared toward comfort rather than sportiness.

  • "Driving, for all intents and purposes, identically to the Edge, the MKX combines high-up seating with the feel and fuel economy of a mid-size car." -- Car and Driver
  • "The MKX's car-like underpinnings, combined with a sport-tuned suspension, afford a smooth ride with more nimble handling than most truck-based SUVs." -- Forbes
  • "Ride and handling are on par with the competition, though steering feel is a bit distant and detached." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "This SUV illustrates what can be achieved in a car-based, or unibody, model that would be complicated or plain impossible in a truck-based one. ... This isn't a car, and it shouldn't be driven like one, but the advantages of a car platform are evident." -- Cars.com

Acceleration and Power

The MKX is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that it shares with its sister cars, the Lincoln MKZ and Ford Edge. Most reviewers found the 265-horsepower engine to be sufficient, though not outstanding. The V6 is paired with a six-speed transmission that brought out mixed feelings among reviewers, with one major low point being the lack of a manual shift feature. According to the EPA, the 2009 MKX achieves 17/24 mpg city/highway in all-wheel drive trims and 15/22 in front-wheel drive models.

  • "Only AWD models have been made available for us to test so far. They have smooth, linear power for good around-town response and ready highway acceleration." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The MKX is no rocket ship -- a 4,420-pound curb weight (in AWD trim) sees to that -- but it will run up to highway speeds in less than eight seconds and cruise effortlessly there while returning 20-plus mpg fuel economy." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "The transmission was a deal-breaker for me, though, because the engine doesn't have enough torque on tap for passing other vehicles quickly; you have to mash the accelerator and wait for the transmission to downshift to the proper gear. A manual-shift capability would have been the ticket here." -- Forbes

Handling and Braking

Reviewers had mixed feelings about the MKX's handling abilities, with one major criticism concerning slow braking performance.

  • "Body lean and noseplow are evident in brisk cornering, but MKX is competent otherwise. The steering is slightly numb and light in straight-line cruising." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's a great highway cruiser, partly because wheels are at the far corners of the crisply styled body for better stability. The brake pedal has a linear action that allows consistently smooth stops with the anti-lock brakes. The ride is stable and supple." -- MSN
  • "The steering has good feedback and pleasant heft without a lot of vibration." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "One feels how overmatched the MKX brakes are in day-to-day street driving. Typical braking situations turn quickly from, 'Oh, the guy up there is turning left, I'll begin applying the brakes' to 'Whoa!'" -- Edmunds

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