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2013 Lincoln MKX Review

According to automotive critics, the 2013 Lincoln MKX is a decent five-seat luxury crossover, but most say that other SUVs are better.

The MKX has a V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower, but reviewers write that it doesn’t feel as powerful as many competitors. Though auto writers say the MKX isn't sporty, they report that its handling and ride are comfortable, even over bumpy roads. The 2013 MKX gets up to 19/26 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA, so good gas mileage may be an adequate trade-off for acceleration that’s less than impressive.

The Lincoln MKX’s cabin comes with a large amount of standard features that many rivals can’t match. It’s uncommon to find a luxury SUV for less than $40,000 that comes standard with heated leather seats, a 10-speaker stereo with two USB input jacks, remote start and push-button ignition. The Lincoln MKX also comes standard with MyLincoln Touch, Lincoln’s touch-screen infotainment controls, and although test drivers say the system looks attractive, it’s difficult to learn. Plus, test drivers have encountered glitches in the system, and they say it takes a long time to perform some simple tasks.

  • "The 2013 Lincoln MKX is a respectable choice for a luxury crossover, but we think most other competing models are more desirable overall." -- Edmunds
  • “MKX could use a couple tweaks to make its steering less heavy at low speeds, as well as to improve the responsiveness of its MyLincoln Touch control interface. Despite these flaws, this premium-midsize SUV has the power, quietness, refinement, and interior appointments to make it a serious competitor in this segment. If you’re in the market for a 5-passenger luxury crossover, be sure to put this Lincoln on your shopping list.” -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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Other SUVs to Consider

Shoppers who need three rows of seats should consider the Acura MDX. It’s one of the best luxury SUVs on the market, with standard all-wheel drive, an adult-sized third row and great handling. Reviewers say it’s a great value for the money with a long list of standard features. Its fuel economy isn’t as good as the MKX’s, and it costs a bit more, but reviewers say it’s an excellent example of a well-rounded crossover.

Those who are content with five seats but want a more fun-to-drive SUV should consider the Volkswagen Touareg. The Touareg comes with nearly as many standard features as the Lincoln MKX, like an eight-speaker stereo and heated front seats, but adds standard all-wheel drive as well. Plus, the Touareg’s performance is rated better than the MKX’s, as are its looks and its interior. The Touareg’s safety score is excellent, and it’s also available as a fuel-efficient turbodiesel or hybrid model.

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Details: 2013 Lincoln MKX

The 2013 Lincoln MKX comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine and either front- or all-wheel drive. It’s available in just one trim, which comes with more standard features than many of its competitors, like 10-way power-adjustable heated leather front seats, remote start and Sync voice controls with the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. Available features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert, navigation and a heated steering wheel.

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Review Last Updated: 5/21/14

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