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CAR OF THE MONTH May 2009

2009 Lincoln MKX Review

Indulgent Utility Vehicle

A three-quarter front view of a dark gray 2009 Lincoln MKX

In short: A sturdy and luxurious crossover.


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sleek and modern design gives the 2009 Lincoln MKX a somewhat sporty air, which is complemented by the unibody crossover’s 265-horsepower V6 engine, disc brakes, independent suspension and AdvanceTrac with roll stability control system. While this Lincoln is capable of handling most challenging road conditions, it is primarily a posh runabout. The sedan-like-driving MKX—largely unchanged from its 2007 debut model and closely related to the Ford Edge—offers a slew of luxury features, assuring buyers of a comfortable ride.

An interior view of the 2009 Lincoln MKX

Inside the MKX’s quiet and spacious cabin are leather-trimmed seats and up to 68.7 cubic feet of cargo volume (when the rear seats are folded). A power liftgate, reverse-sensing system, heated-and-cooled front seats, and a SYNC hands-free system by Microsoft are all standard. Notably, however, are the vehicle’s optional features, including a smart and easy-to-use voice-activated navigation system with Sirius Travel Link; 600-watt THX audio system with twelve speakers and two subwoofers; adaptive headlamps that move with the steering wheel; twenty-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels; heated rear seats; all-wheel drive; panoramic sunroof; and ambient interior lighting.

A three-quarter rear view of a dark gray 2009 Lincoln MKX

Read a review of the 2007 Lincoln MKX AWD

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty and 24-hour roadside assistance.


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $37,845 / As tested: $43,945

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 3.5-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6
Horsepower: 265 hp @ 6,250 rpm
Torque: 250 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight:
4,210 lbs
Wheelbase: 111.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 186.5/75.8/67.3 in
Turning circle: 38.6 ft

Suspension: MacPherson strut and L-shaped lower control arm in front; 4-link independent with trailing blade and integrated knuckle and lateral links in rear; isolated subframe and stabilizer bar in front and rear

Brakes: 4-wheel power-assisted disc with ABS
Traction:
AdvanceTrac with roll stability control

0-60 mph: n/a
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City:
17 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

Safety:
side-impact door beams; dual-stage front seat airbags; seat weight-sensing system; side curtain airbags; tire pressure monitoring system

Likes: n/a
Dislikes: n/a

 

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