2018 Lincoln MKX Review

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2018 Lincoln MKX Overview

In 2007, Lincoln introduced the MKX as a mid-size luxury SUV based on the Ford Edge. However, in typical Lincoln fashion, the MKX offers far more in the way of luxury and comfort. Lincoln revamped the model in 2016, so its 2018 version doesn’t have too much in the way of major changes. However, the MKX is now available in a wider range of paint colors and features updates to Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system.

The MKX is available in four trim levels with two powertrain choices, and buyers can choose between either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The MKX Premiere is oddly the base model, which starts at just under $40,000. The range-topping Black Label model, however, easily pushes past $60,000 with all the bells and whistles added. All four models come standard with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 303 horsepower. However, buyers can upgrade to an engine that offers both more power and better fuel economy. The smaller, 2.7-liter V6 is fitted with two turbochargers to provide 335 hp.

Both engines accompany a 6-speed automatic gearbox, which is notably down a gear (or three) compared to more sophisticated luxury SUVs. Both MKX engines run on regular gas, which is notable since many turbocharged vehicles require pricier premium fuel. The base 3.7-liter powertrain is rated at 17 city, 25 highway, 20 combined MPG with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive knocks the rating down to 16, 23, and 19, respectively. The twin-turbo unit is actually more frugal at 18, 25, and 20 MPG when combined with front-drive and 17, 24, 19 with all-wheel drive.

The MKX also doesn’t emphasize handling prowess as much as other offerings in this segment, but most crossover buyers don’t throw their SUVs around corners any more than they actually take them off road. The MKX does have an adaptive suspension with three driving modes to choose from.

The MKX’s interior isn’t gorgeous or stunning, but it feels pleasant and luxurious, improving drastically from the Ford Edge, which the car is based on. All MKXs come standard with 10-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, synthetic leather seats, and a 10-speaker stereo with subwoofer. A 22-way adjustable and massaging pair of front seats are offered as an optional upgrade. The Select model and higher trims add genuine leather seating and wood trimming.

The MKX Reserve adds features such as a panoramic sunroof, blind spot monitors, a heated steering wheel, and a built-in navigation system, and buyers can add a 19-speaker stereo and an autonomous parking feature. The highest trim, the MKX Black Label, adds top-shelf luxury and premium materials. In addition to upgrades like higher-quality leather and a cooling driver’s seat, Lincoln will also give you free car washes, annual detailing, and concierge services.

All trims of the 2018 MKX come with Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system, which includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and all vehicles offer 37 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 73 cubic feet with them folded.

Crash test results for the MKX are good, but not stellar. The NHTSA gives it a top five star rating overall, but the MKX only scored four stars for rollover. The IIHS, meanwhile, gives the MKX Top Safety Pick status, but only when equipped with optional automatic emergency braking, which is a feature that only comes in the fairly expensive Driver Assistance package, which bundles that with active lane control and adaptive cruise control. The only standard safety feature is a reversing camera.

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Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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