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2014 Lincoln MKX Overview
Scheduled to be overhauled for 2015, the 2014 Lincoln MKX carries on as it has since the 2011 refresh. Such lack of change is usually a good sign, and if 3 consecutive years as an IIHS Top Safety Pick are any indication, the MKX is no exception to that rule. The commercials and fanfare may have long faded by now, but Lincoln is nevertheless winning over drivers with this refined and practical midsize luxury SUV.
Granted, there are some fine points that bring to bare just how much Ford had to scale back in order to keep Lincoln's comeback profitable, but most folks who just want a reliable and upscale way to motor about with 32.3 cubic feet of stuff behind 5 comfortably seated adults tend to put less importance on things like powered lumbar adjustments and folding side mirrors. Surely these are features to anticipate in a next, easier generation, but the cutting-edge MyLincoln Touch infotainment system promises to keep that learning curve steep for a while.
As of this writing, Ford's lips are sealed on any 2015 Lincoln MKX details other than that it will continue largely in lockstep with the Ford Edge on its new midsize platform. So far the MKX has differentiated only in some body cues and interior materials, but popular demand for technological innovations might push those interior accommodations further upscale—and it would be about time.
Granted, 69 cubic feet available with the second row flipped down is nothing to sneeze at, but Lincoln comes at a price premium against GM competitors like the Enclave, which offers a more versatile second row, key-programmed memory functions and other conveniences not even available in the MKX. It's an embarrassing development for a maker so used to setting the bar for affordable technology.
Fuel economy and overall engine performance can be a letdown, too, but again Lincoln buyers are prioritizing comfortable reliability over power or frugality. The naturally aspirated V6 powerplant puts out a decent 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque and takes about 7 seconds to get to 60 mph with the shiftable 6-speed automatic. Front-wheel-drive versions get the best economy of course, fetching about 19 mpg city/26 highway, but drivers opting for all-wheel drive should expect 2 to 3 mpg worse.
If those figures are a deal-killer, the 2015 is expected to offer more EcoBoosted fun, but first-year innovations are tough for any maker to pull off without a hitch, 3,500-pound available tow capacities and all. Ford-Lincoln does much better than GM in terms of quality control, but its anticipated total transfer to crossover dynamics could shake things up a bit more than first-generation drivers noticed already.
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