While Lincoln’s larger MKT crossover provides the choice of an EcoBoost turbocharged engine trim, the MKX is offered in just one trim level fitted with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and independent suspension. Buyers can choose between front-drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) systems. Lincoln MKX Origins
Notable luxury details include heated and ventilated front seats, perforated leather upholstery, leather trim, and an air filtration system. The Lincoln MKX is available with a large number of individual options, such as a panoramic vista roof and a blind spot information system.
Premium, Elite, and Limited Edition equipment packages bundle various upgrades, while Limited Edition, Monochrome, and Midnight Limited Edition appearance packages update the MKX with distinctive details. About the Lincoln MKX
The Lincoln MKX is best known as a spacious high-performance crossover SUV boasting a large number of premium amenities.
The MKX’s 3.7-liter V-6 produces 305 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, while its six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission provides drivers with the ability to manually change gears. With an available Class II Trailer Tow Package, the MKX can haul up to 3500 pounds.
While the MKX can’t seat as many people as Lincoln’s larger MKT crossover, it manages to fit five passengers comfortably while still offering generous cargo space. Optional heated second row seats provide additional comfort. Standard luxury amenities include premium leather seats, real wood trim, and a wide panoramic vista glass roof.
The Lincoln MKX also offers a wide variety of technology features unique to the Lincoln brand, including a voice-activated Sync multimedia system and a blind spot information system. Lincoln MKX Features
The 2012 Lincoln MKX is available as an all-wheel drive or front-drive model. Both versions are equipped with a 3.7-liter 305-horsepower V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. SelectShift technology allows drivers to manually shift gears when desired.
Front-drive models boast a best-in-class EPA rating of 19/25 mpg city/highway. All-wheel drive versions offer a slightly lower rating with 17/23 mpg city/highway.
Standard exterior features for 2012 include a chrome grille, chrome-tipped exhaust pipes, wraparound LED taillights, fog lamps, a power liftgate, a capless fuel-filler system, and reverse sensors. Standard interior features include leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, a leather-wrapped shift knob, heated and cooled front seats, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, an air filtration system, a voice-activated Sync multimedia system, the MyLincoln Touch touch-screen interface, satellite radio availability, and a 10-speaker premium sound system with single CD player.
Standard safety features include anti-lock disc brakes, front side airbags, side-curtain airbags, traction control, and stability control.
Individually available options include roof rack rails, adaptive HID headlamps, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, a panoramic vista roof, rain-sensing wipers, a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera, a heated steering wheel, premium leather, and a voice-activated navigation system with traffic and travel information.
Options are also available bundled in a number of packages. The Elite Package adds the navigation system, a premium 14-speaker surround sound system, HD radio and satellite radio accessibility, and the panoramic glass roof. The Limited Edition Package adds 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, premium bronze metallic leather seats with a tuxedo stripe and black piping, premium floor mats, and unique badging. The Premium Package includes 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, adaptive HID headlamps, blind spot information system, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, premium leather seats with a tuxedo stripe and black piping, and a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.
The 2012 Lincoln MKX measures 186.7 inches in length, 67.3 inches in height, and 76 inches in width. The crossover’s interior provides a spacious 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in place. When the rear split-bench seat is folded down, cargo capacity is expanded to 68.6 cubic feet. Front passengers receive 40 inches of head room, 54.4 inches of hip room, and 40.7 inches of leg room. Rear passengers are given 39.3 inches of head room, 55.2 inches of hip room, and 39.6 inches of leg room. Lincoln MKX Evolution
The Lincoln MKX debuted in 2007 with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine producing 265 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Initial models were paired with a six-speed automatic transmission lacking the manual shift mode available in later years.
2007 models were criticized for its poor braking distance, an issue that was improved in 2008.
The 2008 Lincoln MKX featured a better braking distance thanks to improved tires. Reverse parking sensors, heated and ventilated seats, and a Sync multimedia interface system became standard in 2008.
In 2009, Lincoln tweaked its technology features by adding better graphics and a voice activation option. Few changes were made for 2010.
Lincoln gave the MKX its biggest facelift yet in 2011, adding a new 3.7-liter 305-hpV-6 engine, a distinctive split-wing grille, rounded fenders, new LED taillights, and aluminum and real wood trim.