2008 Lincoln MKX

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2008 Lincoln MKX Review

A spacious, well-equipped crossover SUV that doesn’t measure up to many models in its class for the same price.

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Overview

The 2008 Lincoln MKX classifies as a luxury crossover SUV capable of seating five passengers. With its elegant, tasteful exterior styling, the 2008 MKX is certainly nice to look at. It also offers a generous list of standard features that tops many of its competitors. In fact, for 2008, many previously optional features become standard. Lincoln has also added its new voice-activated Sync system, which integrates communication and entertainment devices.

Mechanically, the MKX derives from the Ford Edge. The 2008 MKX moves slower than the competition and has poor braking distance. It also has an interior that while spacious, makes use of low-grade materials and construction. In general, the MKX could be regarded as less refined than many of the top-selling luxury crossovers.

The 2008 MKX comes in a single well-equipped trim level and with either front or all-wheel drive.

The Range

Body Styles: luxury crossover SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln MKX front drive, Lincoln MKX AWD

What's New

New additions to the 2008 Lincoln MKX include the introduction of the new Sync electronics interface system. Several former available options become standard. These include reverse parking sensors and satellite radio as well as front-seat heating and cooling. New optional extras include a voice-activated navigation system and a pair of special appearance packages.

Exterior

The 2008 Lincoln MKX features an elegantly styled exterior design. Notable exterior features include a strip of LED taillights and an evocative grille that recalls a classic Lincoln Continental from the 1960s. Standard features include 18-inch wheels and a reverse parking system. Options include 20-inch chrome wheels and a panoramic sunroof.

An Ultimate Package that sees the addition of 18-inch chrome-clad wheels, adaptive headlights, a trunk-mounted folding rear seat, a power tailgate, and a cargo management system. Additionally, a Limited Edition package includes special exterior and interior additions and 20-inch wheels.

Interior

The MKX boasts an ergonomically sound interior with well laid-out controls. However the switchgear uses cheap plastic that’s painted silver and rather flatteringly dubbed as “satin-nickel finish.” The interior plastics remain low-grade and the fit quality could also improve. The front seats feel firm to the point of being hard as a rock. The interior’s positive qualities include a generous array of standard and optional features such as heated and cooled front seats, rear-seat heating, and a number of good entertainment options. Seating capacity seems good but cargo capacity remains limited compared to other models at just 69 cubic feet.

Standard features include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, leather upholstery, and a stereo equipped with a six-CD changer, satellite radio, and an auxiliary audio jack. Available options include rear-seat heating, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a voice-activated navigation system, and an improved stereo system with 11 speakers and surround sound.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 MKX comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 265 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. The engine weds to a six-speed automatic transmission, and Lincoln offers the option of both front and all-wheel drive. Tests indicate that the 2008 Lincoln MKX accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 8.4 seconds. Steering seems nicely weighted and feels substantial, while braking shows much room for improvement. The MKX remains too heavy to accelerate very quickly but the V-6 runs smoothly. The ride quality feels good and the interior comes well-insulated against engine, wind, and road noise.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2008 Lincoln MKX include anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stability control with rollover mitigation. Six airbags on the MKX including front-seat side-impact airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags. The MKX receives a perfect five-star rating in government crash tests for driver protection against front impacts and a four-star rating for passenger protection. It also earns the highest rating of “Good” in tests conducted by the IIHS for frontal-offset and side-impact protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln MKX front drive: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Lincoln MKX all-wheel drive: 15/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable ride
  • Spacious and well-insulated cabin
  • Generous array of standard features

You Won't Like

  • Poor braking distance
  • Limited cargo capacity
  • Interior utilizes low-grade materials
  • Firm front seats
  • No more dynamic than a more-affordable Ford Edge

Sum Up

A spacious, well-equipped crossover SUV that doesn’t measure up to many models in its class for the same price.

If You Like This Vehicle

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