2007 Lincoln MKX AWD Review
Luxury Heritage Crossover
As cross-over vehicles replace SUVs, market segments are taking shape. From the basic entry-level to high-zoot luxury, you’ll find your needs met from the practical to the opulent. Enter the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company. The brand that helped put luxury SUVs on the map (and is trying to break its image of manufacturing land yachts) has entered the high-end crossover market.
The pod-shaped Ford Edge is the basis for the MKX, a five-passenger hauler that nicely meets the vehicular needs of today’s family. With the exception of a few exterior cosmetic pieces, the Edge and its city slicker Lincoln cousin are hard to tell apart. The MKX shares a crate-like chrome grille design with the Navigator and has an integrated full-width LED taillight reminiscent of the old Mark VIII, and further uses LEDs for backup lighting. Chrome mirror housings are standard on the MKX for a little extra exterior bling.
Lincoln’s new crossover keeps up with the Jones’ with the usual upscale equipment that includes leather seating, power accessories, wood trim, automatic climate control and the like. Our test MKX coddled us more with heated and cooled front seats, satellite radio, navigation system, a power rear hatch and power sunroof with a rear skylight that Lincoln calls “Vista Roof”. Of course, these and other amenities vaulted the MKX’s base price of $36,445 to a whopping $44,385. And at that price, one must ask why the side mirrors aren’t available with power-folding and the hood must be supported with a prop-rod. Its navigation system has the advantage over some competitors of voicing upcoming street names, but some of the directions given to a known destination were simply incorrect. Headlamps turn with steering input, but high-intensity discharge units are not available and some interior trim pieces did not exude a sense of luxury.
Though the MKX stumbled in the price versus content department, it performed well. The air-conditioned seats add extra comfort on a hot and humid day, and Sirius satellite radio comes in handy when you’re traveling across a few states but have forgotten your CDs. The 265-horsepower, 3.5 liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission (the same powertrain found in the Edge) accelerated the MKX smoothly and quickly enough. It delivered 18 mpg in mixed driving conditions and 24 mpg while cruising at a steady 73 mph.
Many of the features on the Lincoln MKX can be had on a well-optioned Ford Edge SEL that will look and drive the same for $7,000 less. But like any major purchase, it comes down to how badly you want it and what you’re willing to spend.
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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty; 6-year/70,000-mile drivetrain warranty; 6-year/70,000-mile roadside assistance.