2011 Lincoln MKX
All-new 'ute has pricey entry fee
WE LIKE: Bigger engine, better transmission, MyLincoln Touch.
WE DON'T LIKE: Questionable styling, high pricetag.
For most vehicle manufacturers, a midlife update consists of a slight styling change or a new trim level, but Lincoln's second-generation MKX got a complete redesign for 2011.
A significant change is the addition of Ford's Duratec V-6 engine and new manually shiftable six-speed automatic transmission. Displacement has been increased to 3.7 liters, which in turn increases output to 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Even with the big bumps in power, the MKX still gets a class-leading 25 mpg highway with front drive.
Lincoln also made major changes in the cabin, starting with the all-new MyLincoln Touch technology. The system provides a new interface for the climate, navigation, radio, and Sync systems.
Lincoln has replaced standard controls with a touch screen and five-way controller, so instead of buttons or knobs, control is now by touch-sensitive buttons and sliders or voice command, which some of our evaluators found temperamental to use. Capping off the cabin improvements are all-new seats made of higher quality materials that are bigger and more comfortable.
Front-end sheetmetal is all new as well, "I like the distinctive '41 Conti-style grille, though it looks better on cars and is going to age quickly," wrote Lassa.
Impressions of the all-new MKX during our SUOTY competition were a mixed bag. "This vehicle has personality inside and out with a look and feel more interesting than the those of the Lexus RX," Markus noted.
"The baleen whale is back," Lago exclaimed. "The MKX is a softer Edge with a few interesting details, but the $50,000 price tag completely takes it out of contention."
Lincoln took a big swing with its redesign of the MKX, adding a distinctive appearance and a more user-friendly, technology-loaded interior. In the end, the MKX's hefty as-tested price is what prevented it from garnering the top spot in our SUOTY competition. - Scott Mortara
| 2011 Lincoln MKX |
| Base price || $39,995-$41,845 |
| Price as tested || $50,435 (AWD) |
| Vehicle layout || Front engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV |
| Engine || 3.7L/305-hp/280-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6 |
| Transmission || 6-speed automatic |
| Curb weight (f/r dist) || 4485 lb (57/43%) |
| Wheelbase || 111.2 in |
| Length x width x height || 186.7 x 76.0 x 67.3 in |
| 0-60 mph || 7.2 sec |
| Quarter mile || 15.5 sec @ 91.9 mph |
| Braking, 60-0 mph || 132 ft |
| Lateral acceleration || 0.77 g (avg) |
| MT Figure Eight || 28.6 sec @ 0.58 g (avg) |
| EPA city/hwy fuel econ || 17/23 mpg |
| CO2 emissions || 1.01 lb/mile |
| RATINGS |
| ENGINEERING || *** |
| DESIGN || *** |
| INTERIOR/Functionality || **** |
| PERFORMANCE || *** |
| ON-ROAD REFINEMENT || *** |
| OFF-ROAD ABILITY || ** |
| VALUE || ** |
| BOTTOM LINE |
| Amazing interior amenities but at a premium price. |