In fact, the MKX just barely matches or beats the less-powerful Edge SEL with its old 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6. The 0-to-60 and quarter mile times are within a tenth or two of each other (7.1 seconds and 15.7 seconds at 91.0 mph for the Edge SEL). The Lincoln's braking and skidpad performance are slightly better, but the Edge SEL walks away on the figure eight. For all this Ford-matching performance, you'll have the honor of paying an extra $3500 over the base price of an Edge Sport and $9500 over the base price of an Edge SEL just to get your foot in the door of the Lincoln. As tested, our MKX tester sent jaws dropping at $50,435.

Power isn't the only place that work was done, though. Lincoln also made major changes in the cabin, starting with the all-new My Lincoln technology (the Edge calls it "My Ford"). 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, controls are now touch-sensitive sliders on the screen, 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. It's worth pointing out, though, that most of the same technology can be found on the Edge.

Sheetmetal on the MKX 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," opined MT's Detroit editor Todd Lassa. Impressions of the all-new MKX during testing, though, were a mixed bag. "This vehicle has personality inside and out with a look and feel more interesting than those of the Lexus RX," technical director Frank Markus noted. "The baleen whale is back," associate editor Carlos Lago exclaimed. "The MKX is a softer Edge with a few interesting details, but the $50,000 price tag..."

Lincoln took a big swing with its redesign of the MKX, adding distinctive looks and a more user-friendly, tech-loaded interior, but the hefty as-tested price is enough to make us give a second thought to that loaded Edge across the showroom.

2011 Lincoln MKX
Base price range $39,995-$41,845
Price as tested $50,435
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 17/26 mpg
CO2 emissions 1.01 lb/mile