2023 Lincoln MKX Is Really A Luxury Crossover With A Cushioned Ride And A Lengthy Set Of Standard Features

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The Versailles was the first midsize sedan from the marque, and right from the start, it missed the mark with the public. The 1970s saw the launch of the Mark IV as well as a new Lincoln, the Versailles. The Versailles was based on the Ford Granada platform, and many blamed its failure on its obvious similarity to its less exclusive -- and less expensive -- twin.

With 380 pound-feet offered at 3000rpm, the turbo V-6 includes a significant advantage, with the performance kick reaching roughly 1000rpm earlier than the bottom model. Although it only provides a modest horsepower advantage, the torque on the 335 is what makes this drivetrain a much better choice. This engine can produce 303 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. The EPA fuel economy testing and monitoring steps have changed over time. But what really pleases the crowd may be the optional twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6. The beds base drivetrain in the Lincoln MKX is made up of 3.7-liter V-6 and a six-speed automatic transmission that can be designed with either front or all-wheel drive.

Cargo room behind the rear seat comes in at a nice 37.2 cubic feet in capacity, which expands to 68.8 cubic feet with the trunk seatbacks folded. Soft leather seats and ample space for occupants in the very first or second row help the MKX claw back positive points. Lincoln did a generally good job at separating the inside of the MKX from the Edge. Higher trims make an even more elegant first impression, as a result of features like open-pore wood trim and a huge panoramic sunroof. One part of concern is the guts stack, which we noted looks too plain and plasticky for an upscale SUV in this price bracket.

The company was established in 1917 by Henry Leland, an automotive parts manufacturer who had previously founded the Cadillac brand. Early Lincoln models include the L Series and Lincoln MKX the K Series. He named the company after his boyhood hero: the 16th U.S. president, Abraham Lincoln. The company quickly hit dire straits, however, and was bought by Ford Motor Company in 1922.

A division of Ford, Lincoln differentiates its vehicles through additional luxury features, more powerful engines and unique styling. Lincoln is an automaker with a long history of building upscale vehicles for the American market.

The quiet cabin features a premium feel with plenty of wood, brushed metal, and leather surfaces. Tall riders will likely find the push button switcher too much away. The convenience variant featured carries a 360-degree camera, cross-traffic alert, parking and lane-keeping assist, and automatic braking. The only real blow from the Lincoln MKX is its rather unimpressive fuel economy of 18 mpg overall. MyLincoln Touch has been replaced by a much better Sync 3 infotainment system. Handling is athletic, making the MKX fun to drive, and the ride is stable and calm.

Handling is athletic, making the MKX fun to operate a vehicle and the ride is steady and composed. The quiet cabin feels first class, with abundant wood, brushed metal, and leather surfaces. Tall drivers will probably discover the push-button shifter a long reach away. Convenience and safety features include a 360-degree camera, parking and lane-keeping assist, cross-traffic alert, and automatic braking. The only real knock contrary to the MKX is its rather unimpressive fuel economy of 18 mpg overall. A better Sync 3 infotainment system replaced MyLincoln Touch.

The Sync 3 interface is quicker and easier to make use of compared to the cumbersome infotainment system Lincoln had previously been forced to use. Other standard tech touches include multiple USB ports, Bluetooth, and a 10-speaker speakers with satellite radio. An 8.0-inch touchscreen is standard and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Options like navigation and two choices of premium Revel stereo are available. The Lincoln MKX finally got the tech upgrade it deserved when it had been redesigned last year.

More recently, Lincoln has dropped the long-lived Town Car and updated its lineup with the MKS and MKZ sedans as well as the MKX crossover SUV in hopes of attracting a new generation of consumers. The new millennium marked the debut of the Euro-flavored, midsize LS sedan that shared much of its platform with Jaguar's S-Type sedan. Still, the marque is a favorite of car buyers seeking a generous dose of all-American luxury. Some of its offerings fall short of the competition in areas such as performance and refinement.

Higher trims create a far more elegant first impression, because of features like the open-pore wood trim and the massive panoramic sunroof. Soft leather seats and ample space for first or second-row passengers help the MKX capture the positives. The cargo room behind the rear seat includes a generous capacity of 37.2 cubic feet, increasing to 68.8 cubic feet when the rear seat backs are folded down. Lincoln did a general good job at separating the within of the Lincoln MKX from the Ford Edge. One part of concern is the center console, which we said looks too plain and flexible for a luxury SUV in this price range.