2012 Lincoln MKX Base
(3.7L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)
What our ratings include
Date Driven: 1/25/2011 (2011 3.7L AWD)
Although a respectable handler, the MKX isn't remarkably quick. The new 3.7-liter V6 is an improvement over the 3.5-liter in both power (40 hp) and fuel economy.
Despite reasonable steering weight and feel, the MKX still isn't the most nimble or quick handling machine on the road -- even with its large 20-inch tires.
Large 20-inch wheels and tires don't do the MKX's ride quality any favors. However, it's not an uncomfortable vehicle and it rides better than the Ford Edge Sport, which comes with 22-inchers.
Although relatively quiet at idle, the MKX's large wheel-tire combo isn't all that quiet while rolling down the road.
MyFord Touch can be slow to respond at times and, as usual, a few more knobs would make some controls more efficient, but there's a lot of functionality here. Touch-sensitive pads were occasionally unresponsive.
We experienced no visibility problems in the MKX. It's on par with other crossover SUVs in this respect.
Seat Access & Space
Front legroom in the MKX might be a problem for the tallest drivers. Otherwise, space and access -- especially rear legroom -- are quite good.
Cargo & Storage
Cargo volume -- especially with the rear seats folded down -- is quite good. The rear seat is a 60/40-split folding design and folds completely flat.
An area of improvement for Ford in the last few years, the Edge's interior quality reflects this priority. The Sony-designed touch panel looks quite nice (but is easily fingerprinted) and the leather in our test car was decent as well.
With a 3,500-pound tow rating the MKX is capable of light towing.