The 2012 Lincoln MKX is a technology-filled midsize luxury utility vehicle based on the Ford Edge platform. With a few new enhancements to the refreshed 2011 model, the 2012 Lincoln MKX targets well-established imports like the Lexus RX.
Under the hood is a standard 3.7 liter V-6 and achieves a good-but-not-great 26 mpg on the highway on FWD models, and a comfortable and stable ride with a bevy of safety features whose seriousness is pronounced with an abundance of acronyms.
The inside cabin is like a spaceship, though no longer with knobs and buttons and levers, but with touch screens and voice command. This MyLincoln Touch feature has proved controversial as some find it confusing.
Cargo room and creature comforts are good for the class size, and the MKX can seat five.
Body style: 5-passenger, 4-door SUV
Engine: 305-hp, 280 lb-ft, 3.7-liter V-6
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Models: FWD, AWD
The 2011 mid-model refresh had an extensive list of improvements, but there's no need to fix what ain't broke, so little has changed for 2012. Visually, there are new turn signal indicators in the side view mirrors and four new exterior colors: Crystal Champagne Tri-Coat, Cinnamon Metallic, Mineral Gray Metallic, and Dark Blue Pearl Metallic.
At the heart of the factory audio option, a new THX-certified 14-channel audio system now powers the infotainment and tunes.
MKX is a cute, buggy-like crossover dressed in a Lincoln suit befit with lots of chrome. The large chrome grill looks like a mustache set atop 18- or 20-inch chrome wheels. It comes with chrome door handles and chrome exhaust tips, LED taillights, HID headlights, and an available panoramic moonroof.
Lincoln MKX offers heated and cooled leather seats, Lincoln Sync and MyLincoln Touch, Ford's voice-activated and touch-screen infotainment system for integrated iPod and Bluetooth use, an available 14-speaker THK-certified audio kit and Intelligent Access with push-button start and Remote Start System.
Comfortable and roomy for the midsize premium ute class, the 2012 Lincoln MKX is surrounded by techno-widgets and touch-screen gadgetry, devoid of the familiar knobs and buttons of Lincolns past.
Performance & Handling
The 305-hp 3.7-liter V6 has enough power for decent straight-line performance, achieving 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds, not bad for a vehicle stuffed with luxury and electronic accoutrements. Its finger-tip shifted six-speed automatic works well for sporty driving, the brakes are firm and react well, and a firm suspension delivers an easy ride that muddies the perception of speed. It isn't a track burner, but neither is it boring and insufferably slow.
Lincoln MKX is a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and features AdvanceTrac RSC, an electronic stability control, available Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), and an optional rearview camera. MKX also features a perimeter anti-theft alarm, keyless entry and remote start, SOS post-crash alert system, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
EPA Fuel Economy
FWD: 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway
AWD: 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway
- Strong engine
- Nimble handling
- Plenty of safety features
You Won't Like
- Interior not for Luddites
- Weak AWD MPGs
Decent technology-minded midsize crossover
If You Like This Vehicle
- Lexus RX
- Infiniti EX
- Buick Enclave