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in 2011 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $24,965 - $26,024
Original MSRP: $39,415 - $41,265
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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2011 Lincoln MKX Interior

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The 2011 Lincoln MKX's five-seat interior is both comfortable and luxurious. Reviewers note the spaciousness of the rear seat, the well-located controls and abundant cargo space. This year’s model has new high-quality materials and the standard MyLincoln Touch system, which uses touch controls in place of traditional buttons.

  • "Beneath the skin, heavy use of sound-deadening materials and acoustic glass has quieted down the interior so much that Lincoln claims the MKX now exceeds its competitors at Lexus and Audi in noise suppression." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The patina-look interior trim seen first in the MKT appears here, too, and while it certainly looks better than the satin-look junk in many Ford interiors of yore, we wonder how owners might feel about it after a few years." -- Car and Driver
  • "The interior styling of the five-seat MKX was starting to look a little tired compared to newer luxury crossovers, but the all-new dashboard in the 2011 MKX does a lot to remedy that. It features a flowing design that blends smoothly into the center console and utilizes upscale touches like real stitching along some seams." -- Cars.com
  • "After touching, feeling and prodding the reborn MKX ourselves, we can confidently say that the quality of its materials and craftsmanship are top notch." -- Autoblog

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 useful because it’s so spacious. A very nice standard feature is heated and cooled front seats, along with standard leather upholstery. Many SUVs 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. While the previous model brought out criticism because the materials were sub-par, the new MKX gets higher quality materials and special tuxedo-stripe stitching.

Reviewers like the Lincoln MKX's well-located and self-explanatory controls. For 2011, a new MyLincoln Touch system replaces the traditional button controls with three touchscreens and a five-way controller. Ford is using an identical system called MyFord Touch in the 2011 Edge, although it’s optional on that model. Drivers can control the system using their voices, through touch controls or through the wheel-mounted controller. Reviewers have yet to test the system in the Lincoln, but they are excited about the possibilities. In the Ford Edge, the MyFord Touch system earned strong reviews.

  • "Particularly cool are the two shiny horizontal spears which at first seem merely decorative but in fact are the controls for stereo volume and HVAC fan speed, actuated by sliding one's finger across them." -- Car and Driver
  • "On the left side screen, we went through menu options, changing the look of the engine speed gauge and opting for which kind of trip information we wanted to view. The system responded quickly, and seemed no more distracting than choosing trip information from current vehicles. LCDs in the instrument cluster show vehicle and infotainment functions." -- CNET
  • "MyFord Touch brings Ford a generation (or two) beyond the competition. In other words, no one could even compete with Ford's old stuff. How on earth will they manage against MyFord Touch?" -- Autoblog

Cargo

Cargo space in the MKX measures 32.3 cubic feet with the backseats in use or 68.6 cubic feet with the second-row seat folded. These figures 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.

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
  • "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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