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Lincoln MKX

An aging people mover.

The MKX’s styling is unmistakably Lincoln, as its front end boasts the marque’s signature split-wing grille and its body shape is similar to that of its larger SUV sibling, the MKT. Power comes from a 3.7-liter V-6 that produces 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, thanks to innovations like twin independent variable camshaft timing. The MKX records a respectable 19/26 mpg city/highway on the EPA’s test cycle with front-wheel drive. When equipped with all-wheel drive, those figures drop to 17/23 mpg. The MKX’s interior features leather-trimmed seats and a choice of two types of wood accents. On top of what is an impressive standard-features list, the MKX offers adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot information system, programmable MyKey, and a capless fuel filler. The MyLincoln Touch driver-connect technology cranks Sync’s functionality up to eleven — at least when it functions properly. We’ve experienced some trouble getting the capacitive touch screen to work, and most testers agree that the system is more distracting than having physical buttons and knobs to control the various vehicle functions. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard; up to twenty-two-inch wheels are optional. Improved use of sound-deadening materials helps keep wind and road noise down.

COMPETITORS

Audi Q5

Cadillac SRX

Lexus RX

Volvo XC60

new for 2013

Not much. New twenty-two-inch wheels; Kodiak brown metallic, ginger ale, ruby red metallic, and smoked quartz metallic exterior paint colors; and paddle shifters are the primary differences. The MKX gets minor Sync upgrades and the ability to turn the vehicle into a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front and side air bags, stability and traction control, front-seatbelt pretensioners, tire-pressure monitoring, ABS, hill-start assist, automatic headlamps, and a reverse sensing system are standard. Adaptive headlamps, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera, collision warning with brake assist, and adaptive cruise control are optional.

MPG

CITY 17–19

HWY 23–26

PRO

Respectable fuel economy

Optional twenty-two-inch wheels

CON

Fussy MyLincoln Touch

Average handling

Base Price Range: $40,420–$42,270

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Front-wheel, 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: MKX FWD, MKX AWD

BODY STYLE: SUV/crossover, 5-passenger

ENGINE: 3.7L V-6, 305 hp, 280 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 108.4 cu ft

CAPACITIES: Towing 3500 lb; cargo (rear seats up/down) 32.3/68.6 cu ft

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