Distinctive exterior design; opulent interior; reasonable entry price; powerful engine options; smooth ride; roomy rear seat
Price tag of Black Label trim is high; some interior trim pieces need better quality control; gimmicky push-button gear selector
Late upgrades to the 2017 MKX, such as the addition of the SYNC 3 infotainment system and optional adaptive steering, carry over to the 2018 model See the 2018 Lincoln MKX models for sale near you
For its combination of luxury, power and price, our choice would be an MKX with the Reserve trim and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, plus the Climate, Luxury, Driver Assist and Technology packages. AWD is great if you need the added traction, but it's not a must-have feature. The Black Label model offers the most-luxurious interior, but at a price that may be hard to swallow.
Lincoln's MKX for 2018 is offered in four trims: Premiere, Select, Reserve and Black Label. All can be equipped with the optional 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and AWD.
The Lincoln MKX Premiere ($39,960, FWD; $42,455, AWD) features 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, HID headlights, a reverse-sensing system, a capless fuel filler, heated power mirrors, intelligent access with push-button starting, remote starting, rear privacy glass, faux leather seating, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar and driver memory settings, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a 9-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with an amplified subwoofer and two USB ports, SYNC 3, dual-zone automatic climate control, a configurable instrument cluster, an 8-in color touchscreen, integrated blind spot mirrors, speed-sensitive intermittent wipers, a manual tilt-telescopic steering column, cruise control, Bluetooth, Active Noise Control, a SecuriCode keyless-entry keypad, a rearview monitor and the MyKey programmable key fob.
The MKX Select ($43,475, FWD; $45,970, AWD) adds LED daytime running lights, a hands-free power lift gate, Bridge of Weir leather seating, ambient lighting, a power tilt-telescopic steering column with memory and power-folding side mirrors.
The MKX Reserve ($47,485, FWD; $49,980, AWD) adds adaptive front headlights, heated and cooled front seats, an embedded modem, voice-activated navigation with SiriusXM Travel Link and Traffic, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, a panoramic glass Vista Roof and 20-in wheels.
The MKX Black Label ($55,155, FWD; $57,650, AWD) adds LED headlights, Alcantara headliner and pillar wraps, Venetian leather seating, inflatable rear outboard seat belts and the 19-speaker Revel Ultima sound system. There are also three different themes for the Black Label MKX, and each is distinguished by unique colors and fabrics. They are Thoroughbred, Modern Heritage and Indulgence. Along with the Black Label features, owners also gain access to the Black Reserve Program of personalized services.
Optional equipment for the MKX is bundled mostly into packages. The Select Plus package adds navigation, while the BLIS package adds a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert. The Climate package brings a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, automatic high beams and rain-sensing wipers. On Reserve and Black Label trims, the Luxury package brings LED adaptive headlights and the 19-speaker Revel Ultima sound system. The Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and aid and precollision assist with active braking. The Technology package brings parallel-park assist, front-parking sensors and a 360-degree monitor.
Standalone options include 22-way adjustable front seats, 21-in alloy wheels, inflatable rear seat belts, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a smaller 13-speaker Revel audio system.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles|
2018 Lexus RX -- The RX's styling can be polarizing, but its long-term reliability and resale figures are beyond reproach. We also think the RX has a higher-quality interior, plus Lexus offers a hybrid model.
2018 Cadillac XT5 -- The XT5 is a newer design with a robust V6 engine, but it offers less passenger and cargo room and isn't as well equipped at the base level.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE -- The GLE is a more complete luxury SUV and features better craftsmanship and a wide range of models, including a choice of a diesel, hybrid or high-performance engine. However, the GLE will cost quite a bit more than a comparably equipped MKX.
Used BMW X5 -- A used 2012-2016 BMW X5 will give you loads of power, great handling and a luxury name that always brings admirers. The X5's ride is going to be much more firm than the MKX's, and when its warranty is up, the cost of routine maintenance will likely be expensive.