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You'll Like The 2007 Lincoln MKX If...

If the styling appeals, the features delight, the price is right and you're ready for a credible alternative to some better-known imports, this handsome new Lincoln CUV may be an excellent choice.

You May Not Like The 2007 Lincoln MKX If...

If you're not yet ready to welcome a "near luxury" Lincoln onto your crossover consideration list, or if your needs absolutely require a third-row seat, there are plenty of alternatives out there.

What's New

The feature-loaded MKX, Lincoln's first-ever CUV, is designed, equipped and priced to compete very well in the crowded near-luxury crossover segment, which includes the likes of the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Infiniti FX35/45, Lexus RX 350, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Volkswagen Touareg, Volvo XC90 and the soon-to-come Buick Enclave. Its only major disadvantages are the lack of an available third-row seat and, arguably, its unfortunate contribution to the market's confusing hodge-podge of alpha-numeric names.

Interior Features

The ultra-quiet cabin features large, legible gauges and a well-organized center stack housing the audio and optional DVD navigation systems. Accents are satin nickel or optional wood, and interior lighting is cool white. The large, deep console box has adjustable inserts that can accommodate CDs, purses or laptop computers. The 60/40-split second-row seat provides impressive roominess in all dimensions and can fold forward into a level floor or recline up to 15 degrees with the same easy-to-use handle. The large rear liftgate opens to 31.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row or 68.7 with it folded.

Exterior Features

The MKX (unlike its full-size SUV big brother Navigator) is noticeably devoid of gratuitous chrome, or "bling." Its handsome look begins with a heritage Lincoln grille, integrated fog lamps and a steeply-sloped windshield, extends along its high-shouldered, flare-fendered flanks with blacked-out rocker panels and finishes with a fast-sloping rear window under an integrated roof spoiler, wrap-around taillights connected by edge-to-edge LEDs across the liftgate and sporty dual exhausts. To enhance its stance and optimize interior room, the standard 18-inch wheels are pushed as far as possible toward the corners.

Driving Impressions

We found the MKX's acceleration subjectively excellent from rest or almost any speed, though no manu-matic feature is provided for those who sometimes like to select their own gears. The MacPherson strut front suspension uses ride-smoothing hydro bushings on an isolated subframe. The four-link independent rear suspension has outboard rear shocks for improved wheel control. The available "intelligent" all-wheel drive monitors and predicts traction at all four wheels and delivers torque to those with the best grip. It all works surprisingly well to deliver a near-car-like ride and agile handling despite its 4,220-pound base curb weight. This may be the quietest Lincoln ever built, but (partly to accommodate the huge Vista Roof) there's no front passenger assist handle.

Pricing Notes

The starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2007 Lincoln MKX is a surprisingly reasonable $34,795 with standard front-wheel drive and $36,445 with all-wheel drive. That compares favorably to the Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX 350 and Acura MDX at $37,855, $38,115 and $40,665, respectively. We expect that the MKX will retain an average residual value over time, besting the Cadillac SRX but below the Lexus RX 350's expected residual. Be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price before buying to see what customers are actually paying in your area.

Notable Equipment

The nicely-equipped Lincoln MKX comes with automatic headlamps, leather seating, eight-way power front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, dual air conditioning with particulate filter, six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, power rack-and-pinion steering, 18-inch machined-aluminum wheels, power heated mirrors, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry with keypad, premium MP3-capable audio with six-CD changer and three 12-volt outlets. Standard safety features include four-wheel disc four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control with Roll Stability Control (RSC) and six air bags: Dual-stage fronts, seat-mounted side bags and a Safety Canopy air-curtain system with rollover detection.

Notable Options

Among the many MKX options are chromed wheels, adaptive front lighting, a panoramic Vista Roof, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, three choices of wood interior trim, a 600-watt, 14-speaker THX Certified audio system and DVD navigation with voice technology that can read turn-by-turn directions in three languages, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with an eight-inch drop-down screen, an Easy Fold remote switch that drops the second-row seats flat, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, an MP3 input jack and a fourth 12-volt outlet inside the console box for your iPod, cell phone, laptop or PDA.

Favorite Features

Adaptive Front Lighting

The MKX's projector-beam headlights pivot with the steering to illuminate as much as 36 more feet of road during cornering.

Panoramic Vista Roof

A giant 27.3- by 29.4-inch optional forward sunroof slides open fully or tilts to vent at the touch of a switch, while a 15.75- by 31.3-inch fixed rear moon roof gives rear-seat passengers an overhead sky view. Dual power sunshades operate concurrently to block out glare when desired.

Under the Hood

The MKX's all-new 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve aluminum Duratec 35 V6 delivers 265 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque through a new six-speed multiple-clutch automatic transmission. It boasts variable intake cam timing, a dual-plenum intake manifold and a relatively high 10.3:1 compression ratio to optimize its balance of performance and efficiency.

3.5-liter V6

265 horsepower @ 6250 rpm

250 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 (FWD), 17/24 (AWD)

Editors' Notes

With the 2006 introduction of its mid-size Zephyr (now MKZ) sedan and a nicely reworked Navigator SUV for 2007, Lincoln is on a bit of a roll. This very nice new MKX crossover utility vehicle (CUV) is a welcome addition to its stable. Lincoln is far from first to the car-based "crossover" party, but this all-new entry is fresh in terms of its generally excellent blend of style, function, features and driving dynamics. One thing it does not have - somewhat surprisingly, given its fairly substantial size - is an available third-row seat. Three-seat CUV seekers can check out Ford's less expensive and more conservatively styled Freestyle, but there is no Lincoln version of that.

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My Lincoln MKX is a Blessing.

2007 Lincoln MKX

I love my Lincoln MKX. I call it my Blessing from God. I had always wanted a Lincoln. We had been shopping for a Town car when we saw the MKX. We test drove several cars but loved the MKX. We have had wonderful performance from the MKX. The only service work we have had to do is the regular schedule maintenance work. The gas mileage is constant 19 to 21 MPG. The mileage on the car is now almost 150,000 and it still performs like new. I have constant compliments thinking the car is new. Everyone that rides in my car loves it as much as I do. I would definitely buy another Lincoln but would like the next size larger next time. I now have 3 grandchildren so I need a little larger vehicle. The only feature that my car doesn't have that I would like is Bluetooth. I would recommend my car to anyone.

- Mary M

2007 Lincoln mkx~ my dream car come true you will be missed!

2007 Lincoln MKX

I absolutely loved my 2007 Lincoln mkx for several years up until it recently broke down having transmission & water pump issues. Before these issues arouse, I couldn't have been happier with my car. It ran great, was extremely comfortable, smooth & it felt like I was riding in luxury every time I drove. It's the perfect size, not too big, not too small. Has an amazing stock stereo that I wouldn't have changed even if I could because it sounded so good! Better sound system then most cars I've been in that have paid hundreds to thousands for installation of custom systems. No need to buy any speakers or amps for this car! The heated and cooled seats are wonderful! It also has a huge sunroof & moonroof. Looks good, feels good, it's safe & ran great while it lasted.

- Abbey A

Pay attention to them when the light goes on.

2007 Lincoln MKX

My vehicle has given me a few issues. The lights go in when there is an issue but after it is fixed, it still says it my low air pressure tire. It has been on for, like ,a year already and I put air in it. We took a trip to marble falls I would say like an hour and a half you thing that wouldn't be to hard on the car. That was the first time I ever did use it for a trip. It kept saying oil pressure was low and it was stalling out it was horrible, and hot. The mechanic said there was no issue.

- Joann G

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