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in 2012 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $28,521 - $29,663
Original MSRP: $39,545 - $41,395
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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2012 Lincoln MKX Interior

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The 2012 Lincoln MKX's five-seat interior is comfortable, luxurious and well-made. Reviewers especially note the spaciousness of the rear seat and abundant cargo space. They’re still getting used to the MyLincoln Touch system, which controls most media and climate function with touch-screen controls, but can be distracting to drivers. Other than complaints about the abundance of touch-screen controls, there’s little reviewers don’t like about the MKX cabin.

  • "MKX's cabin looks and feels as luxurious as its pricing suggests. Most materials are soft touch, including the majority of the dashboard and door tops. Visible stitching adds another dose of class, as does the optional genuine wood trim. The available metal accents don't look quite as nice, but they're still a vast improvement over the previous-generation MKX.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Lincoln MKX rewards you with a premium driving and riding environment centered on technology, comfort and style.” -- Edmunds
  • "With the exception of the odd interior panel that seems poorly held in place, the cabin is well-made and feels very much up to snuff for the segment.” -- Los Angeles Times

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Seating

Most reviewers say the MKX’s cabin is very comfortable. Even though it doesn’t offer a third-row seat, the rear seats are especially spacious for the class. Many cars in the class offer standard leather like the Lincoln MKX does, but its standard cooled front seats are rare.

  • "Legroom is plentiful, and the seats are soft, yet all-day comfortable. Taller occupants might find headroom lacking below the available panoramic sunroof. This is partly due to the high-set seating position, which is otherwise beneficial in providing a commanding view in most any direction. Entry and exit are as easy as any midsize sedan.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Both rows of seats offer plenty of space -- particularly in back, where three people can fit comfortably, a rare feat for any midsize crossover." -- Edmunds
  • "But as much as we liked the quality of materials used throughout the MKX’s cabin, the CUV’s seats win our gold star award. Not only are the front buckets comfortable and supportive, but they look great. It’s hard not to love contrasting piping, and Lincoln has a knack for using only top-notch leather." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

The Lincoln MKX comes well-equipped for a luxury SUV, including standard features like heated and cooled leather front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and MyLincoln Touch, which is a touch-screen media interface.

The auto press is still getting used to the MyLincoln Touch system, which uses a touch screen and touch-sensitive controls to adjust most entertainment and cabin controls. Overall, reviewers say that the system is cool, but its learning curve means unprepared users may be distracted while driving. Though this can likely be fixed by taking some time to thoroughly learn how all of the controls work, one reviewer mentions that the steering wheel’s audio controls and the voice-control system may mitigate the distraction factor.

  • “(MyLincoln Touch) works quite well for the most part. The only real demerit is that there's sometimes a noticeable delay from the time you push a virtual button to when the system responds. MKX's gauges are easy to read, and the display can be configured to show data such as fuel economy, driving range, and redundant information from the main MyLincoln Touch screen.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Touchscreen controls and electric buttons are fine when you’re stationary. But when you’re moving, hitting those controls becomes a challenge, especially on gnarly pavement or, worse, dirt roads (the MKX does have some SUV pretensions, you know)." -- Car and Driver
  • "There’s fascinating stuff for the techies...enough to fascinate them right into the back of a semi if they aren’t careful." -- Road and Track
  • "MyLincoln system may encourage distracted driving.” -- Cars.com
  • “Yet whatever goodwill the (MyLincoln Touch) system builds through its intuitiveness, the MKX obliterates with a fundamentally flawed setup below the touch screen. Instead of using traditional knobs or dials for the fan speed and volume, Lincoln uses a horizontal, touch-sensitive bar for each. This patently nonsensical setup is impossible to use while keeping your eyes on the road, and there's no feedback to give any indication that you're touching the correct part of the bar.” -- Los Angeles Times

Cargo

The Lincoln MKX offers 68.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row and 32.3 cubic feet behind the second row. The second row doesn’t fold completely flat, but reviewers say the cargo hold is still large and useable. Test drivers also say that the MKX has plenty of storage for small items.

  • "Like its Edge sibling, MKX has generous cargo space, even with the rear seat backs raised. Cabin storage is good with a large center console bin and roomy glovebox. The Lincoln also has a bin below the dashboard's central control area, but its usefulness is compromised a bit because that space is where the media-player inputs are located.” -- Consumer Guide

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