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2008 Lincoln MKX Sport Utility Crossover

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2008 Lincoln MKX Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Lincoln MKX Sport Utility Crossover

The 2008 Lincoln MKX joins Lincoln's distinctive personality and style with a modern crossover vehicle shape, making the look and feel different than most other crossover vehicles. Aside from visual panache, the Lincoln MKX has a roomy interior, decent fuel economy, and a full roster of safety features, making it a very practical choice.

What's new for 2008?

The Lincoln MKX, a new crossover for 2007, enters 2008 with relatively few changes. On the outside, a driver's side electrochromic exterior mirror is now standard, and three colors have been added. Inside, the standards list now includes Sirius satellite radio, heated and cooled front seats, front power lumbar support, a reverse sensing system, new metallic interior accents, and a memory feature for the mirrors and the driver's seat. Ford's Sync communications and entertainment system is also new for 2008.

Model Strengths

  • Roomy interior
  • ride and comfort
  • unique styling
  • available luxury features.

Model Review

The new 2008 five-passenger Lincoln MKX crossover utility vehicle emphasizes on-road performance and interior space and versatility. The Lincoln MKX combines a contemporary, somewhat sporty exterior look--with large chrome wheels, chrome trim, and an arched roofline--with traditional American luxury styling cues inside. The interior is trimmed in wood and nickel, and there's a 'cool white' theme for interior lighting.

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At one time an SUV from an American luxury automaker would have been unheard of. But Cadillac's truck-based Escalade opened the door to the U.S. luxury SUV market several years ago as the country went SUV crazy, and Lincoln soon followed suit with its Navigator. With truck-based SUV sales plummeting, Lincoln now offers its car-like MKX sport-utility vehicle.

New for 2007 and scarcely changed for 2008, the midsize MKX is based on the Ford Edge, which uses Mazda's versatile Mazda6 platform. This same platform also underpins the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ midsize sedan - no wonder Ford shows no interest in selling its substantial interest in Mazda.

Model Lineup
The MKX comes in one well-equipped trim level, as a four-door SUV with front- or all-wheel drive and 18-inch wheels. A new $1,095 Limited Edition Package has 20-inch chrome alloy wheels, upgraded leather upholstery and unique interior and exterior trim.

Under the Hood
The MKX is a more handsome, quieter and upscale version of the Edge, but provides the same sophisticated dual-overhead-camshaft 3.5-liter V6. The engine kicks out 265-horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, spread across a wide engine rev band. Too bad the heavy hood is held open with a prop rod, instead of more convenient hydraulic struts you'd expect in a premium vehicle, although fluid filler areas can be easily reached.

The MKX has a responsive 6-speed automatic transmission. There's no manual-shift feature, but it's not really needed for a luxury vehicle with all those transmission speeds.

Inner Space
It's fairly easy to slide in and out of the MKX's exceptionally quiet, upscale interior, which is roomy for four tall occupants (five if they're slim). They sit high in an airy cabin, which has leather-upholstered seats and wood trim.

The stylish gauges can easily be read whatever the outside lighting conditions. Controls are well-marked, although drivers with shorter arms may have to stretch to reach the navigation system's touch screen controls, which also activate most audio system functions.

The MKX is loaded with standard comfort and convenience items, including previously optional heated/cooled power front bucket seats and a memory system for the driver's seat and mirrors. Also newly standard are a rear-obstacle detection system (but no rearview camera) and Ford's voice-activated SYNC system to control cell phones and MP3 players.

This Lincoln has all the power accessories expected in a luxury vehicle, including dual-zone automatic climate controls, cruise control, four power points, and an AM/FM radio with an in-dash 5-disc CD changer and six speakers.

The front seats are outstanding. No third-row seat is available, although such a seat is offered by many midsize rivals. However, the backs of the all-day-comfortable split-folding rear seat, which has an armrest, can be flipped forward to enlarge the cargo area. Cupholders are placed to avoid spills and there's decent interior storage space.

Those who want to splurge can get the $4,595 Elite Package, which contains a power panoramic sunroof, voice-activated navigation system and THX sound system. Heated rear seats are $295, and a $1,295 Ultimate package features a power liftgate and adaptive headlights that swivel for cornering. The DVD entertainment system is $1,295 but isn't available with the power panoramic sunroof.

Standard safety items include front, side and side-curtain airbags with rollover deployment, anti-lock brakes and a stability control system with rollover sensors.

On the Road
The MKX rides, handles and stops like a well-mannered midsize sedan, thanks partly to its all-independent suspension. It's no sports SUV, despite such visual cues as dual chrome-tipped exhausts. Steering is slightly numb and some body lean and understeer occur in brisk cornering, but the MKX can be comfortably driven fairly quickly. It's a great highway cruiser, partly because wheels are at the far corners of the crisply styled body for better stability. The brake pedal has a linear action that allows consistently smooth stops with the anti-lock brakes. The ride is stable and supple.

Thanks to the nice torque curve, acceleration is strong both in town and on the freeway. The MKX is rather heavy at 4350-4550 pounds, but estimated fuel economy is an acceptable (for this type vehicle) 16/24 mpg (city/hwy) with front-wheel-drive and 15/22 with all-wheel drive. A plus: only regular-grade fuel is needed.

The all-wheel-drive system adds stability. It's mainly designed for use on slippery roads and keeps the MKX in more-economical front-drive mode unless the front wheels lose all or some traction.

Right for You?
You might like the MKX if you don't mind folks who ask why you didn't get a German or Japanese premium midsize SUV. But this Lincoln's base pricing undercuts some rivals at $35,605 for the front-wheel-drive version and $37,355 for the all-wheel-drive trim level, and has the style, power, size and equipment to be competitive with them. The MKX was Lincoln's No. 2 seller in this year's first quarter, closely behind its MKZ sedan, so you may not be the neighborhood's only MKX owner.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Std
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Lincoln Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

6 years or 100,000 miles comprehensive limited warranty coverage from the original in-service date

Rental Reimbursement $45/day

Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer / less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 200
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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