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in 2010 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $20,708 - $21,753
Original MSRP: $38,845 - $40,695
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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2010 Lincoln MKX Interior

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The 2010 Lincoln MKX's five-seat interior is both comfortable and luxurious. Reviewers especially note the spaciousness 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 is shooting for.

  • "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
  • "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.” -- The Los Angeles Times
  • "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. The lack of an available rearview camera is an embarrassing omission at this price level." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Fit, finish and overall quality is below par for the class, and the front seats lack the cushiness of many luxury SUVs (in fact, some would call them rock hard). The cabin manages to look luxurious, but looks are deceiving." -- Edmunds

Seating

Most reviewers say the MKX’s cabin is very comfortable. Even though it doesn’t offer a third-row seat, the rear seat is especially useful because it’s so spacious. A very nice standard feature is heated and cooled front seats, along with standard leather upholstery. Many cars in the class offer standard leather, but standard cooled front seats are rare.

  • "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
  • "Taller occupants may want more head clearance beneath the housing for the panoramic roof. Legroom is only adequate, even for passengers who aren't very tall. … Fine accommodations [in the rear] with a firm, chair-height 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
  • "Both rows of seats offer plenty of space -- particularly in back, where three people can fit comfortably in the MKX's wide body." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The MKX comes standard with plenty of luxury features, including heated and cooled front seats, Ford’s SYNC In-car Connectivity System, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, dual-zone automatic temperature control, an auxiliary audio input jack, Sirius satellite radio, and 10-way power-adjustable front seats.

However, for the price, some features aren’t as nice as they could be. Test drivers say the satin-nickel trim is low-quality. Plus, the MKX only comes with a manual tilt and telescoping steering column (not power). In fact, a few even say that the MKX looks and feels too much like its more affordable Ford Edge platform-mate, which costs $11,000 less.

Reviewers particularly like the Lincoln MKX's well-located and self-explanatory controls.  But note that for 2011, the MKX will get a whole new control interface called MyLincoln Touch. It replaces the traditional button controls with a touchscreen and five-way controller. Be sure to test to the new system if you’re thinking of buying a 2011 MKX.

Lincoln’s voice-activated navigation system with Sirius Travel Link is optional and even comes with a 10-gigabyte hard drive for music storage. However, some reviewers say the system is difficult to use.

  • "The gauges and switches are unobstructed, but the instrument markings lack contrast when the back light is turned off, making them hard to read. … Ford's Sync voice-control system generally works, though it sometimes has trouble distinguishing spoken commands for audio- and cell-phone functions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The standard features list is also a standout. The MKX comes packed to its roof with goodies that are often options on other luxury crossovers, such as a power tailgate, power front seats with heating and cooling, driver memory functions, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors and Ford's Sync electronics interface system." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- The Los Angeles Times

Cargo

Cargo space in the MKX measures 32.3 cubic feet or 68.6 with the second-row seat folded -- figures that compare favorably with similar SUVs and beat out the less expensive Cadillac SRX. However, you can get a lot more space by going with the Lexus RX 350. It provides 40 cubic feet behind the rear seats or 80.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. It also starts at about $1,200 less than the MKX and matches its excellent 18/25 fuel economy rating.

The MKX comes with a number of small storage spaces, including a center floor console with a deep storage bin and a lockable glovebox. A rear cargo management system is optional.

  • "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
  • "Cupholders are placed to avoid spills and there's decent interior storage space." -- MSN
  • "With the rear seats lowered, the cargo area expands to a maximum of 69 cubic feet, which is more than what's available from models like the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLK, but smaller than the cargo capacities of the Acura MDX and Lexus RX 350." -- Edmunds

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