• Quiet, well-appointed cabin
  • Decent fuel economy
  • Long list of equipment
  • Awkward touch-sensitive controls
  • Unremarkable to drive

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What's New for MKX in 2014

Lincoln has not yet released information on changes to the 2014 Lincoln MKX...more

Vehicle Summary

Based on the popular Ford Edge, the Lincoln MKX crossover debuted in late 2006. It was face-lifted five years later and has continued with very few changes since. Although its sales are just a fraction of the Edge's, the 2014 Lincoln MKX remains the second-best-selling model in the Lincoln range.

Overview

The 2014 Lincoln MKX is an elegant crossover that looks a lot like the rest of the luxury brand's lineup and almost nothing like the plainer Ford Edge on which it is based. Lincoln's waterfall chrome grille adorns the nose, eighteen-inch wheels are standard, LED taillights highlight the liftgate, and rear privacy glass helps lend the crossover a more upscale demeanor. It's the same inside, where the center stack cascades down the center of the dashboard, the analog speedometer is flanked by color LCD screens, leather seats are standard, and the front seats are heated and cooled -- as standard. Other luxurious features include push-button start, remote start, a fourteen-speaker THX II-certified sound system, a heated steering wheel, and adaptive cruise control.

The only powertrain choice is a smooth 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission. With 305 hp on tap, acceleration is good whether buyers choose front- or all-wheel drive. Front-wheel-drive models return respectable fuel economy of 19/26 mpg (city/highway; all-wheel drive drops those figures to an 17/23 mpg.

The 2014 Lincoln MKX drives well overall. Handling is about on par for similarly sized luxury crossovers, and steering response is excellent. The cabin is very quiet thanks to lots of insulation and special noise-reducing window glass. Our main complaints concern the in-car electronics. The MyLincoln Touch infotainment screen is fussy and frequently slow to respond to commands, although several software updates have been released to address this. In addition, the capacitive touch-sensitive "buttons" and "sliders" on the center stack often fail to detect a finger press. Simple buttons would be more reliable without dramatically affecting the Lincoln's visual style.

Key Competitors

  • Audi Q5
  • Cadillac SRX
  • Lexus RX
  • Volvo XC60

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