Lincoln MKX Performance
Reviewers say the 2014 Lincoln MKX offers adequate power and a smooth ride. While the MKX also earns praise for its comfortable ride, some test drivers note that it isn’t particularly athletic when the road gets twisty.
- "Although we can't say the 2014 Lincoln MKX stands out in any particular category, it also doesn't fail in any of them, either. Acceleration, handling and ride comfort are all above average, but not quite best in class." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "MKX doesn't rocket forward, but the engine has plenty of grunt for everyday driving and worry-free highway passing and merging. Due to their lower overall curb weight, front-drive versions are slightly quicker than their AWD counterparts. They suffer no untoward torque steer or wheel spin. The transmission is well behaved." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "In Edmunds performance testing, an all-wheel-drive MKX went from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds -- a slightly slower than average time among similarly priced luxury crossovers." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "Stout acceleration from the 3.7-liter V-6 keeps things moving with good path control and a compliant ride." -- Car and Driver (2013)
Acceleration and Power
The 2014 Lincoln MKX has a 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes 305 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard. The MKX gets an EPA-estimated 18/26 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 17/23 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive. Both of those ratings are typical for a V6-powered luxury midsize SUV.
Test drivers say the MKX doesn’t feel particularly fast, but they note that there’s adequate power and that the engine operates smoothly. Some auto writers think that the automatic transmission shifts quickly and smoothly, but others say the transmission can be slow to downshift in some situations.
- “A powerful V6 engine that still achieves good fuel economy is another good reason to own this luxury crossover." -- Kelley Blue Book
- “In terms of horsepower, 305 seems like a lot, but with a curb weight exceeding 4,500 pounds, the Lincoln MKX isn't what you would call sprightly. What you can call it, however, is smooth. Throttle response is very linear, making it easy to dial in exactly the amount of power you need in any situation. The 6-speed automatic transmission's upshifts are virtually imperceptible, and downshifts are prompt.” -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "The MKX's 3.7-liter V6 is smooth and furnishes respectable acceleration, though the transmission can sometimes be reluctant to downshift unless you nearly floor the throttle pedal." -- Edmunds (2013)
Handling and Braking
Reviewers agree the Lincoln MKX handles adequately, but some point out that the suspension is tuned for a comfortable ride rather than athletic handling. Some reviewers note that optional 20- and 22-inch wheels improve the MKX’s agility, though they make the ride unpleasantly firm.
- "The bigger wheel and tire options (20 and 22 inches) somewhat help improve handling, but also return a firm ride we don't think is worth the trade off." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "While the MKX impresses on straightaways and can hold its own on twisty roads, its suspension is tuned more for comfort than for agility." -- Left Lane News (2013)
- "The steering effort is decently weighted, while handling -- if not as sporty as the athletes of this class -- is certainly competent, with a buttoned-down demeanor around corners. The ride quality is comfortable, though opting for the 20- and 22-inch wheels brings about some added firmness that might not fit with your expectations of a Lincoln." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "The chassis is competent if not thrilling, emphasizing cushy ride comfort over tied-down body control." -- Car and Driver (2013)