2011 Lincoln MKX Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Lincoln MKX - Road Test Specs

2011 Lincoln MKX SUV

(3.7L V6 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2011
Style4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$42,075
Options on test vehicleRapid Spec 102A ($7,500 -- Premium Package: adaptive HID headlamps, ambient interior lighting, premium leather-trimmed seats with tuxedo stripe and piping, heated 2nd row outboard seating surfaces, illuminated front scuff plates, rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel and power tilt & telescoping steering column with memory; Elite Package: BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross traffic alert, Panoramic Vista Roof that incorporates a front power sunroof and a fixed rear moonroof with "one touch" express open with dual power sunshades, 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels with P245/50R20 BSW H-rated all-season tires, THX II certified 5.1 surround audio system with AM/FM/HD radio, single DVD/CD/MP3 player, DVD audio and video capability, SD card for map and Points of Interest storage, 14 speakers with an 8-inch subwoofer, 600 watts of power and 12 amplifier channels, voice-activated hard-drive based navigation system with 8-inch display, Sirius Travel Link feature with 6-month complimentary subscription for real-time traffic, weather and fuel price updates [Sirius Travel Link 6-month complimentary subscription available only in 48 contiguous states; service is not available in AK/HI]); White Platinum Tri-Coat Paint ($595); Wood Package ($495 -- Wood applique on instrument panel, door inserts and steering wheel).
As-tested MSRP$50,665


Drive typeAll Wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected, V-6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,726/227
Block/head materialaluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves/cylinder variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5:1
Redline (rpm)7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)305 @ 6,500 rpm
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)280 @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission type6-speed automatic with shifter-mounted button
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.48; II = 2.87; III = 1.84; IV = 1.41; V = 1.00; VI = 0.74; R = 2.88; Final = 3.16 (FWD), 3.39 (AWD)


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17.7:1
Tire brandPirelli
Tire modelScorpion STR A
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP245/50R20 102H
Tire size, rearP245/50R20 102H
Wheel size20-by-8 inches front -- 20-by-8 inches rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front12.6-in one-piece solid cast-iron discs with 2-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear12.9-in one-piece solid cast-iron discs with 1-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.7
0-45 mph (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph (sec.)7.3
0-75 mph (sec.)10.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.3 @ 91.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)133
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)60.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.74
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.8
@ Full throttle (dB)74.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.9

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNot much for the driver to do. Pedal overlap does nothing to improve times dramatically. Also no advantage to turning off traction control. Engine sounds sporty, not trashy. Despite available manual shift, it still auto-upshifts. Upshifts are smooth, moderately fast. No matched-rev downshifts in manual.
Braking commentsAfter a little pedal travel, brakes jump in pretty abruptly. Pedal isn't hard or soft -- just right. Good fade resistance and consistency (especially for a 4,500-pound vehicle). Last stop had a little directional wander.
Handling commentsSteering weight feels appropriate and grip feels higher than numbers indicate. ESC is holding it back only slightly as it cuts throttle right before understeer begins. Interesting that jumping out of throttle allows MKX to oversteer quite a bit. Good turn-in and trustworthy initial grip/bite. ESC punishes quick steering input, so being smooth was key. Slow-in/fast-out proved best with slight ESC at exit. Good body control, good steering precision, though not much feel.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)68.8
Relative humidity (%)18.3
Wind (mph, direction)3.1

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/23 highway/19 combined
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,548
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,508
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)57.5/42.5
Length (in.)186.7
Width (in.)76.0
Height (in.)67.3
Wheelbase (in.)111.2
Track, front (in.)65.4
Track, rear (in.)65.2
Turning circle (ft.)39.3
Legroom, front (in.)40.7
Legroom, rear (in.)39.6
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)39.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)58.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)32.3
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)68.6


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years/70,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance6 years/70,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3 years/45,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Rollover protectionSide curtain airbag rollover sensor
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
IIHS offsetNot tested

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