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2009 Lincoln MKX ReviewThe Good
The 2009 Lincoln MKX offers good looks, comfort, handling, and a lot of room, all in a luxury package.The Bad
A little corner-cutting with interior materials, and the lack of some expected refinements that does nothing to justify its hefty pricetag, leaves the ’09 MKX trailing a number of others in the ultra-competitive crossover market.
The CarGurus View
Despite its luxury features, the pricey 2009 Lincoln MKX may very well get passed up for the somewhat less endowed, but seriously less expensive Ford Edge. That said, the MKX is a safe, comfortable, reasonably luxurious crossover with enough standard features to satisfy cravings for at least a modicum of luxury.
At a Glance
The 2009 MKX maintains the Lincoln tradition of being long on luxury, as well as long on price. Basically a dressed-up Ford Edge, with a bit more chrome, a distinctive grille, and a few more standard luxury features, the ’09 MKX is a carryover from 2008. Lincoln seems to hope, with the MKX, that they have enough positive brand recognition to keep this five-door, five-passenger crossover afloat in an increasingly competitive market.
Introduced in 2007 and intended to replace the short-lived Aviator, the MKX for ’09 is still delivered in two trims - the Base, which has front-wheel drive, and the AWD - with both trims offering the same impressive list of standard features. Roomier than many of its competitors with 69 cubic feet of cargo space, the MKX is seen by virtually all professional reviewers as well-appointed, but not quite up to many of the high-end crossovers available.
The ’09 Lincoln MKX scored a bit less than the class average in ConsumerGuideAutos' recommendations, with the Mercedes-Benz M-Class topping the list and the Acura MDX, Buick Enclave, and Lexus RX close behind.
The 2009 Lincoln MKX is offered with only one engine, a 3.5-liter VVT V6, and one transmission, a six-speed automatic with overdrive. This combination puts out 265 hp at 6,250 RPM and 250 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 RPM, and gets an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg in the front-wheel drive Base trim and 15/22 in the AWD, using regular gas.
Professional reviewers find the 3.5-liter V6 quiet and better than adequate around town. More than one reviewer, however, notes the ’09 MKX is a bit hesitant on the highway, claiming a need to drop the transmission into overdrive because the engine simply didn’t have enough torque available to respond adequately when trying to pass.
Most reviewers find the six-speed automatic shifts smoothly and quickly enough under ordinary driving conditions, though one professional reviewer finds the lack of an auto-manual feature takes a bit of fun out of driving the ’09 MKX.
The ’09 MKX receives a ULEV II rating from the California Air Resources Board.
Ride & Handling
A luxury-tuned four-wheel independent suspension gives the 2009 Lincoln MKX the ride comfort and handling of a sedan with the added advantage of a high seating position. A tight turning radius (38.6 feet) makes the MKX far more maneuverable than most crossovers in downtown traffic.
Most reviewers note the ’09 MKX handles well enough and rides comfortably, but also find that poor roads and tight cornering are handled better by much of the competition. A number of professional reviewers feel the ride in the MKX is not quite on a par with what they feel a luxury vehicle should offer, though many are quick to note that the MKX handles better than most crossovers on curvy, bumpy roads.
The ’09 MKX comes with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, and 20-inch chrome wheels are available with the MKX Limited Edition Package. Reviewers caution owners, however, not to expect the ideal ride with the 20-inch tires.
Though the MKX is classified as an SUV and available with all-wheel drive, this luxury ride is not designed for any sort of off-roading. Maximum towing capacity for the ’09 MKX is 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.
Cabin & Comfort
A lack of quality cabin materials in the 2009 MKX disturbs a number of reviewers, but virtually all agree that cutting-edge technology as well as comfort and convenience features are not lacking. The gauges and instruments are large (though a bit too retro in the opinion of some reviewers), well positioned, and easily accessible, for the most part. One reviewer does note difficulty in reading gauges when the backlight is turned off.
Standard features for the ’09 Lincoln MKX include a rear spoiler, power liftgate, power windows, locks, and power heated mirrors, leather-trimmed upholstery, 10-way power front seats with two-driver memory, cruise control, genuine wood trim on the dash, a leather-wrapped and wood steering wheel, alloy-and-leather trim on the shifter, a universal remote transmitter, an MP3-compatible, 6-CD changer with six speakers, SIRIUS satellite radio, Bluetooth wireless communications technology, a USB connector, dual-zone climate control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls.
Options for the ’09 MKX include the Elite Package with a 14-speaker, THX-certified audio system, 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, a touch-screen navigation system, and panoramic sunroof. The Limited Edition Package adds unique trim and upgraded leather upholstery. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system, heated rear seats, and the SYNC voice-activated system for cell phones and an MP3 player are also available with the MKX in ’09.
A plethora of standard safety features impresses virtually all professional reviewers, many of whom note that the 2009 Lincoln MKX may be one of the safest vehicles in its class.
Standard safety features for the ’09 MKX include four-wheel disc ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, an anti-skid system, dual-stage front airbags with an occupant-sensing system, front side and first-and-second-row side-curtain airbags, an electronic passive anti-theft system, adaptive swiveling headlights, rollover detection sensors, the SOS post-crash alert system, and the Personal Safety System with seatbelt pre-tensioners, a crash severity sensor, and load-limiting retractors.
The 2009 MKX received five stars from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) in front and side impact tests, and four stars in rollover testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Lincoln MKX a rating of Good, its highest rating.
What Owners Think
Owners of the 2009 Lincoln MKX praise the uniqueness and styling of this luxury SUV, but a few think it ought to offer a few more amenities for its hefty price. Owners also feel that the MKX is somewhat deficient in horsepower and could offer better gas mileage.
For the most part, owners of the ’09 MKX find its luxury appointments, good looks, interior features and options, ride and handling, and especially its maneuverability in crowded spaces, better than adequate. All owners enjoy the genuine wood, satin-nickel, and chrome interior accents. One owner mentions that this almost-posh crossover “inspires customer loyalty.”
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