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2013 Lincoln MKX Review

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The Lincoln MKX is a midsize crossover SUV with plenty of luxury features and seating for five. It receives high customer ratings and has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick. Like many Lincolns, it has a Ford counterpart, the Ford Edge. Although it comes with many more creature comforts than one would find in the Ford version, drivers may feel like they are just driving a really nice Edge. However, with loads of standard features, best-in-class fuel economy, and a roomy cabin; the 2013 MKX is a worthy competitor in the luxury crossover market.

New For 2013

The 2013 Lincoln MKX is virtually unchanged except for:

  • Updated MyLincoln Touch infotainment system
  • Available 22-inch polished aluminum wheels

Exterior

The 2013 Lincoln MKX is an attractive car with a sloped front end and elegant curves. Various metallic paint options are available, including Tuxedo Black Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic, and Ingot Silver Metallic. Standard exterior features include 18-inch premium painted aluminum wheels with all-season tires, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, power liftgate, variable intermittent wipers, and privacy glass. Twenty-inch polished aluminum wheels, 20-inch chrome clad aluminum wheels, 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, black roof rack side rails, dual exhaust with oval rolled-edge chrome tips, and panoramic vista roof are available as exterior options.

Interior & Cargo

The 2013 Lincoln MKX is very nice inside and loaded with standard, luxury features, from the standard leather appointments throughout to the multi-level heated driver’s seat. Stylish stitching, high-quality materials, and aluminum accents set this crossover apart from any Ford look-alikes. The eight-way power bucket seats in front offer power adjustable lumbar support and come standard with leather upholstery. The split-folding rear seats also recline and offer 39.6 inches of legroom. In fact, the entire cabin is roomy and can seat five adults comfortably. Power features include power door locks, heated power mirrors, and one-touch power windows. Other standard features on the MKX include memory seats, cruise control, power steering, universal remote transmitter, rear parking sensors, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, controls on the steering wheel, dual-zone climate controls, alloy trim, leather steering wheel and shift knob, and an electrochromatic inside rearview mirror.

The MyLincoln infotainment system is a source of concern. As with the sister system, MyFord, drivers complain that the controls are difficult to use. Regardless of the potential frustration, the system comes with a video monitor, 10 speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio, auxiliary audio input, iPod integration, an AM/FM in-dash single CD player with CD and MP3 player, speed sensitive volume control, USB connection and a memory card slot. Upgrades to the MyLincoln system include voice-activated navigation with THX II and the Invision Dual Headrest DVD entertainment system.

The back offers 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space and extends to 69 cubic feet with the second row folded down. While this is a large amount space, even for its class; there are competing crossovers that hold more.

Safety

The 2013 Lincoln MKX is regarded as a safe, reliable car with plenty of standard safety features. You'll find common features, such as four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, an airbag occupant sensor, remote anti-theft alarm system, dusk-sensing headlamps, three-point seatbelts throughout, adjustable headrests, and a post–collision safety system. Under the hood, the MKX also boasts stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, tire pressure monitoring, emergency braking assist, and front/rear ventilated disc brakes. To keep kids safe, Lincoln adds child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks. Adaptive cruise control and collision warning is available as an option.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Lincoln MKX handles like a sedan, but has the power of a sports car. The powerful 3.7-liter V-6 is mated with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle activation and four-wheel independent suspension. It cranks out an impressive 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. Buyers can choose between all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive. The MKX can also tow up to 3500 lbs. when equipped with the Class II trailer tow package. It also has AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control to help the vehicle and trailer maintain stability while towing. With or without items in tow, drivers enjoy a sporty, yet comfortable drive.

The 2013 MKX offers best-in-class fuel economy, rating 19/26 mpg city/highway for the front-wheel-drive option, and a slightly lower, 17/23 mpg city/highway, for the all-wheel-drive model.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Lincoln MKX

  • Acura RDX
  • Cadillac SRX
  • Lexus RX 350
  • Mercedes-Benz GLK350
  • Volvo XC60

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