Good ride and handling; state-of-the-art communications; quiet interior; reasonably priced
Awkward power lift gate rod; sluggish manual shifting; polarizing styling
The MKX is largely unchanged for the 2013 model year, though it does add 22-inch wheels as a new option.
Our choice would be the all-wheel-drive version of the MKX with both Premium and Elite packages. After all, if you're going to buy a Lincoln, it should be loaded. If you like the look and feel of the MKX but don't want all the technology and the high price, we suggest you look at the Ford Edge. It offers many of the MKX's basic luxury conveniences in a less-expensive and still-attractive package.
The 2013 Lincoln MKX is available in only one trim level, which starts around $40,000 with 2-wheel drive or $42,000 with all-wheel drive. As expected from a premium SUV, the MKX boasts a long list of equipment, including leather upholstery, a rear obstacle detection system, heated and cooled front seats, power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and a power rear lift gate.
The MKX also offers a long list of high-tech options, from blind spot alert and rear cross-traffic alert to a rearview camera and rain-sensing wipers. Ford's SYNC system with MyLincoln Touch is standard, while navigation with traffic information is optional. The MKX also offers adaptive cruise control and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
Cadillac SRX -- The SRX's styling is a bit sharper than the MKX's, and it can be equipped with a more sophisticated electronic suspension. However, the less-expensive MKX has a bigger back seat and generally feels more athletic.
Audi Q5 -- Audi's Q5 has a more luxurious look and feel, both inside and out. Plus, it comes standard with quattro all-wheel drive. But opting for the MKX over the Q5 will save you a lot of money and give you more horsepower and a bigger interior.
Lexus RX350 -- Its styling may appear conservative, but the RX350's nearly flawless reliability and resale value beat the MKX.