2011 Lincoln MKX - Video Transcript

Vanessa: Hi I'm Vanessa Leigh.

Ryan: And I'm Ryan Lee, and you're watching Auto Trader's new car review of the all-new 2011 Lincoln MKX.

This looks nothing like Lincolns of the past. It's a dramatic update for this 5-passenger crossover, even when compared to the 2007-to-2010 model.

Vanessa: That's right. Lincoln's come a long way in the last few years, updating its image with not just modern styling, but the latest engines and industry-leading in-car technology.

Vanessa: For starters, the MKX now has touch controls and voice-activated commands instead of old school buttons and knobs. No more fumbling with knobs while dealing with traffic.

Now the centerpiece of this amazing technology is the latest version of SYNC, Lincoln's voice activated information and entertainment system, as well as MyLincoln Touch. Standard on every MKX, it includes the center console touch screen, and customizable LCD screens on either side of the speedometer.

Ryan: Very cool, but I've been enjoying the iTunes Tagging feature that comes with the available HD radio receiver. Check this out: Just push the "Tag" button on the touch screen on a song you'd like to save, and it saves up to 100 songs! You can even download them to a docked iPod later.

Vanessa: OK, let's just talk about the choices of stereos on the MKX… If someone is a true audiophile, they'll like the available THX 2 audio system… It's an amazing 14-speaker setup that costs just $995…. A great option, and that's $600 less than a similar system in the Lexus RX 350. But, that's just a small part of the 2011 MKX's high-tech story.

Ryan: Right! This MKX has some pretty amazing technology on board… For added safety, the available backup camera is really helpful. So is the blind spot monitoring system.

Vanessa: There are also some nice touches here in the cabin… like the ambient lighting system… and check out this Panoramic Vista roof. Amazing! A sunroof for both front and rear passengers.

Ryan: Now if you want to compare the 2011 Lincoln MKX to other luxury crossovers in its class you'll want to check out the Lexus RX 350, the Cadillac SRX, Infiniti FX35, and the Acura ZDX… All offer V6 engines and the MKX is no different. A point worth noting is that the MKX's new 3.7-liter V6 makes 305 horsepower – 40 more than the engine on the 2010 model.

Vanessa: Right… And its not just more power, the MKX gets better fuel economy, too: 19 miles per gallon in the city, and 26 on the highway. That's one better in each category over last year's model. Those numbers are on par with the Lexus RX 350 and Cadillac SRX, and better than the Acura ZDX.

Ryan: And the handling is great for a crossover. It almost feels like a sport sedan…I can hug corners, and it doesn't feel too top heavy.

Vanessa: Not too top heavy when it comes to pricing, either! The 2011 MKX starts at $39,995 for the base, front wheel drive model. An all-wheel drive version starts at $41,845. There are also some option packages, including Premium, Elite, and top of the line Limited Edition. Pick the Limited and you'll add features like rear seat DVD system, great if you have kids, and adaptive cruise control, a very cool safety feature that uses forward looking radar to slow you down if you get too close to the car ahead of you. This top of the line setup runs just under $53,000.

Ryan: Not too bad, especially considering the tough competition in the crossover segment, which has been dominated by the Lexus RX since it arrived in 1998. An RX with similar options selected will cost about $3,000 more, so the MKX is a pretty good value… And of course you can't get the MyLincoln Touch or SYNC system anywhere else!

Vanessa: When it comes down to it, the 2011 Lincoln MKX luxury crossover is a much stronger competitor than the model it replaces. It looks more modern, and the technology is class leading for sure. If Lincoln wanted to build a luxury crossover for tech-savvy motorists who appreciate the latest safety, comfort and convenience features, they appear to have nailed it with the MKX.

I'm Vanessa Lee.

Ryan: And I'm Ryan Leigh. Thanks for watching this AutoTrader New Car Review on the 2011 Lincoln MKX, right here on AutoTrader, the Ultimate Automotive Marketplace.

Available Features:
MyLincoln Touch
Voice Activated SYNC
Center Console Touch Screen
LCD Instrument Panel
HD Radio
iTunes Tagging
Saves up to 100 songs
Downloads to iPod
Rear View Camera
Blind Spot Monitoring System
Ambient Lighting
Panoramic Vista Roof

Audio Option:
THX II System ($995)
14-Speakers

Engine/MPG:
3.7L V6
305 hp
MPG 19/26

Competition:
Lexus RX350
Cadillac SRX
Infiniti FX35
Acura ZDX

Pricing:
Base FWD: $39,995
AWD: $41,845
Limited w/ Options:
Approx. $53,000




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