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2018 Lincoln MKX SUV Overview

The standard features of the Lincoln MKX Premiere include 3.7L V-6 303hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, Safety Canopy System curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac w/RSC electronic stability.

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Steering wheel mounted A/C controls
  • Memory seat
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system - SYNC 3 911 Assist
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Trunk/hatch auto-latch
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 10
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Smart device integration - AppLink/Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - unlimited months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 2-way passenger lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 3.7 L
  • Engine horsepower - 303hp @ 6,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 278 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 95.5mm x 86.7mm (3.76" x 3.41")
  • Compression ratio - 10.50 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,891kg (4,168lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,468kg (5,440lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 907kg (2,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,826mm (190.0")
  • Exterior body width - 1,933mm (76.1")
  • Exterior height - 1,681mm (66.2")
  • Wheelbase - 2,850mm (112.2")
  • Front legroom - 1,087mm (42.8")
  • Rear legroom - 1,006mm (39.6")
  • Front headroom - 1,013mm (39.9")
  • Rear headroom - 996mm (39.2")
  • Front hiproom - 1,433mm (56.4")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,412mm (55.6")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,496mm (58.9")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,499mm (59.0")
  • Passenger volume - 3,067L (108.3 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 1,053 L (37 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,948 L (69 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 3.7
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 303hp @ 6,500RPM
  • Torque - 278 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Manual-shift auto - SelectShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 20mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.0gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 17mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 25mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/60HR18.0
  • Rear tires - 245/60HR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • High intensity discharge headlights
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Configurable
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - rear
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Premiere 2018 Lincoln MKX SUV Premiere Search New $39,035   303-hp 3.7L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 25  
Premiere 2018 Lincoln MKX SUV Premiere Search New $41,530   303-hp 3.7L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
Select 2018 Lincoln MKX SUV Select Search New $42,550   303-hp 3.7L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 25  
Select 2018 Lincoln MKX SUV Select Search New $45,045   303-hp 3.7L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
Reserve 2018 Lincoln MKX SUV Reserve Search New $46,560   303-hp 3.7L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 25  
Reserve 2018 Lincoln MKX SUV Reserve Search New $49,055   303-hp 3.7L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  


Driving Impression

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Refinement takes precedence over driving excitement. Cool and composed on the highway, this premium midsize crossover conveys a suitably upscale aura.

With its standard adaptive suspension and relatively long wheelbase, the Lincoln MKX blends satisfying ride comfort with composed handling prowess. European crossovers might promise sharper responses, but few drivers are likely to feel shortchanged.

Base-engine power is sufficient for strong acceleration. Though the optional 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 isn’t much more powerful, its more intensive yet smooth flurry of torque might be worth the additional cost. In additional to feeling more upmarket, the twin-turbo responds more effectively for highway passing. Lincoln’s 6-speed automatic transmission works nicely, yielding both smooth upshifts and prompt downshifts.

Selecting Comfort mode may remind some drivers of the light steering feel of old Lincoln models. Sport mode adds some heft, though precision doesn’t change as much. All-wheel-drive models have a three-way suspension adjustment that feels best in Sport mode, never turning stiff but conquering harsh pavement. Brakes deliver drama-free halts, even when five passengers are aboard.

Less efficient than expected, the Lincoln MKX falters in fuel economy. With front-wheel drive, the base 3.7-liter V6 is EPA-rated at 17/25 mpg City/Highway, or 20 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive drops the estimate to 16/23 mpg City/Highway, or 19 mpg Combined.

The more powerful twin-turbo V6 is slightly more fuel-efficient, EPA-rated at 18/25 mpg City/Highway, or 20 mpg Combined. All-wheel-drive lowers that estimate to 17/24/19 mpg. Both engines use regular-grade gasoline.

Walk Around

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Externally, the Lincoln MKX boasts several luxury-vehicle elements – but lacks a few other indicators of poshness. Premium upscale, for sure. Yet, considering its price, Lincoln’s Lincoln MKX doesn’t quite reach far enough into full-luxury motoring.

While sharing engines and its foundation with the Ford Edge, the Lincoln MKX differs considerably in appearance. Details stimulate delight, highlighted by the Lincoln’s voluptuously curvaceous shape. Modest application of chrome trim sets the right tone.

Interior Overview

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Comfortable and expressive, the Lincoln MKX cabin feels admirably upscale. With its large dashboard elements, the cockpit breaks defiantly away from its Ford Edge cousin.

Instead of a traditional gearshift lever, Lincoln’s crossover employs pushbuttons along the center stack to change gears – an exercise in frustration.

Seating space is ample for four occupants, but a fifth might feel cramped. All Lincoln MKX versions feature heated power front seats that adjust 10 ways.

Second-row seats also are spacious, though adjustments are minimal and the bench is on the flat side. Seats in all but the base Premiere trim level are trimmed with genuine leather.

A choice of interior design themes helps give the Black Label edition an especially expressive appearance. The Thoroughbred package, for instance, blends black and chestnut-hued leather with maple wood.

Lincoln’s intuitive Sync 3 infotainment system responds promptly and includes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. The 8.0-inch display screen is bright and easy to read.

Cargo capacity comes to 37.2 cubic feet with second-row seatbacks upright, expanding to 68.8 cubic feet when the second row is folded flat.


New Car Test Drive

In addition to a classy cabin, the Lincoln MKX promises a somewhat athletic road feel. Except for synthetic leather and matte plastic trim in the base model, each version feels appropriately posh, topped by the more costly Black Label edition. Most advanced safety technology is optional, and extra-cost features can send the total price upward in a hurry.

Driving impressions by Andrew Ganz, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Premiere ($39,035) has the 3.7-liter V6 and front-wheel drive, with 18-inch alloy wheels, 10-speaker audio, heated front seats, Sync 3 infotainment, reverse sensing, a rearview camera, and HID headlights. Upholstery is “soft touch” synthetic leather. Substituting the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 adds $2,000 to the price. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Premiere AWD ($41,530) substitutes all-wheel drive.

Select ($42,550) adds leather-trimmed seats, wood interior trim, a hands-free power liftgate, and machined 18-inch wheels. Navigation, a panoramic sunroof, and blind-spot monitoring are optional.

Select AWD ($45,045) replaces standard front-drive with all-wheel drive.

Reserve ($46,560) comes with navigation, heated/cooled front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert.

Reserve trim permits addition of the Driver Assistance package. The Technology Package includes a parking function that needs no driver intervention.

Reserve AWD ($49,055) gets all-wheel drive.

Black Label ($54,250) includes upgraded leather, 20-inch black/bright wheels, Revel Ultima 19-speaker audio, and a choice of interior design themes. Lincoln’s most advanced safety features are optional even at this level.

Black Label AWD ($56,725) has all-wheel drive.

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