2012 Lincoln MKX Expert Review

3.1 Overall Score
Performance 3.0 Comfort 3.7 Styling 2.9 Value 3.0

You'll Like The 2012 Lincoln MKX If...

For those looking for a midsize luxury SUV from a domestic automaker, the 2012 Lincoln MKX offers rounded, more traditional looks than the angular and aggressive Cadillac SRX, and the MKX's standard 305-horsepower V6 is still among the most powerful in this class.

You May Not Like The 2012 Lincoln MKX If...

While long-lived, the Lincoln name may not have the appeal or cachet of European and Japanese rivals. With its shared looks, you might feel like you're driving a highly dressed-up Ford Edge. And while it looks sleek, the MyLincoln Touch controls can be frustrating to learn and use.

What's New

The Lincoln MKX was revamped in 2011 and carries over to 2012 mostly unchanged. Four new colors are offered, a 14-channel amplifier is included in the optional THX audio system, and turn signals are now integrated into the exterior mirrors on Premium Package models.

Interior Features

The 2012 Lincoln MKX has plush, leather-trimmed seating for five and some surprising standard features, such as heated and cooled front seats. A button starts and stops the 2012 MKX, and all models come with MyLincoln Touch, which replaces traditional buttons and knobs with a touch-sensitive screen and flush keys controlled with the touch of a finger. The system also uses voice recognition to help keep the driver focused on the road. Aluminum and optional wood trim help lend a luxurious feel to the cabin. In back, there is more than 32 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats, a number that more than doubles with the seats down.

Exterior Features

The 2012 MKX carries over the facelift from 2011, when it received a new hood, front fenders and rear fascia. Up front is the most striking MKX feature: a massive, shiny split-wing grille, which gives the impression of power and prestige. At 87.5 inches across, the Lincoln MKX is several inches wider than competitors, something to keep in mind if you need to park in tight places like a cramped garage. In back, the LED crossbar that used to span the liftgate is gone, but the sporty dual exhausts with chrome tips remain. Even entry-level, front-wheel-drive (FWD) MKX models ride on 18-inch aluminum wheels, with massive 20-inchers optional.

Driving Impressions

The Lincoln MKX is a strong performer, with both commendable acceleration and a compliant ride. All-wheel drive helps keep things under control during hard acceleration, which can cause torque steer in front-drive models. While the seating position is high, the massive dash can impede forward visibility. At highway speeds, the MKX delivers a comfortable, quiet, car-like ride.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer's Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) for a base, front-wheel-drive 2012 Lincoln MKX comes in just over $40,000, including destination. An all-wheel-drive (AWD) model starts at just over $42,000. The base price of the 2012 MKX is higher than base models of the Lexus RX, Cadillac SRX, Mercedes-Benz GLK, BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5, and lower than the Infiniti FX. Like those other vehicles, options can quickly make the price of a Lincoln MKX balloon to around $50,000.

Notable Equipment

Climate-controlled front seats are just one amenity that comes standard in the Lincoln MKX that can be a costly option in its competitors. Blind-spot monitoring is another useful and appreciated feature, which uses an illuminated warning in the side mirrors to alert the driver to the presence of a vehicle in the next lane. Remote start allows one to turn on the vehicle before even entering it, and four 12-volt power outlets can keep electronic devices juiced. Other features included in every 2012 MKX include anti-theft alarm, universal garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror and air filtration system.

Notable Options

Heated rear seats, navigation system, rear-view camera, panoramic moonroof, and a THX II-certified sound system with HD Radio are among the numerous extra features available on the 2012 MKX. Other add-ons of note include a heated steering wheel that those who get cold hands will appreciate, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive HID headlights, and a safety system that alerts the driver to cross traffic.

Favorite Features

Blind-spot Monitoring System

The blind-spot monitoring system that comes standard is a wonderful safety net when it comes to preventing collisions with motorists that sneak up from behind and whip around your vehicle.

Power-operated Liftgate

The power-operated liftgate, which also comes standard in the Lincoln MKX, is a super convenient feature to have when your hands are otherwise full. All it takes is a push of a button to raise or lower the big rear door.

Under the Hood

All versions of the 2012 MKX are motivated by a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower, second only to the Cadillac SRX, which is rated at 308 horsepower. The sole transmission offered is a 6-speed automatic that can be shifted manually with steering-wheel-mounted paddles.

3.7-liter V6

305 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm

280 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (FWD), 17/23 (AWD)

Editors' Notes

The 2012 Lincoln MKX is a powerful, refined and luxurious midsize SUV that is based on the Ford Edge. Introduced in 2007, it faces newer and better competitors in this popular segment that includes the Lexus RX, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK, Infiniti FX and Volvo XC60. The Lincoln MKX is only available with two rows of seats, but thanks to its wide dimensions offers comfortable seating for up to five. While it does have Lincoln-only distinguishing features such as a split-wing grille, the car may still be mistaken for the more pedestrian Ford Edge since it carries the same shape and nearly identical dimensions.

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Lincoln mkx review: comfort and luxury.

It is a great vehicle for comfort, safety and luxury. High up off the ground. Great sound system and excellent quality screen uses such as making phone calls, changing music, and finding directions. The car has a great interior with comfortable and luxurious seating including seat heaters in the front and back seats of the vehicle. The controls in the front are all easy to use and understand. Car comes with great trunk space, great for moving large objects, and it can tow a decent amount of weight, great for towing or camping. The visibility from the vehicle is amazing with large rear view mirrors and a system which lights up on the mirror for your blind spot to warn of vehicles close to you for when turning lanes. Overall there have been few problems with the vehicle. It also includes ambient lighting which has multiple colors and can be changed using the controls on the front screen panel.

- Julia S

Comfortable and reliable.

It is very wide and I find it hard to park. The radio/GPS/ac controls are all on a touchpad system in the middle console. It requires taking your eyes off of the road to adjust anything. Also it fingerprints easily so when the sun is directly on it, you cannot see anything but the fingerprints. I do like the backup camera. It is very clear and a good size. Very comfortable ride and easy to drive except for the parking.

- Terri V

Panoramic roof, great sound system, huge touch screen, all wheel drive.

The base model is loaded with high quality features. It overall ride is nice and smooth. I live the panoramic roof and the power liftgate. The push button start and auto start are life savers in the winter. The full-time all wheel drive takes the hassle out of switching back and forward depending on conditions. It is a great, stylish vehicle overall.

- Leonard W

Smooth yet a slight malfunction

The Lincoln MKX is a very smooth and reliable ride. The sync system which offers hands free access to the control panel, phone features,etc. Functions very well. The only downside is that the back passenger side door sensor is malfunctioning, it constantly tells me the door is open even after it has been securely shut.

- Sarah J

Great family vehicle with luxury.

The Lincoln mkx is a great vehicle for me and my family. It has plenty of space for my family and has so many luxury features. I love the quality of the leather seats, the heated steering wheel, the heated and cooled seats, and the panorama roof. The all wheel drive keeps us moving safely even in winter snow.

- Lisa B

The ride is smooth and I get a lot of compliments on it when i have passengers

My car rides extremely smooth I like having the navigation system and the sound system is clear. I love the way the outside looks and I put nice rims on it to make it even better. The back seat has more room than the Fords. The only complaint I have is that the parts to repair are expensive.

- Crystal D

Luxury SUV with plenty of perks

Front hood is so big it's hard to see where the car is positioned. The driver cabinet is small when there's a passenger as far as room to store purses cell phones etc. the car is hard to exit out of because of the foot area being high. The cup holders are not placed well for the driver

- Karen J

Good quality vehicle and dealer service has been okay.

drives great, rides rough, fuel economy needs to improve. We had problems with abs brake system sensors and the electronic shifting to park sensors. Body is very sturdy and paint has been no issue. Still a solid car after 70, 000. Interior still holding up even though it is used daily.

- Ronald M

As long as you keep up with the maintenance of the vehicle it will run really well and will not have problems. Treat your car well and it will not fail you.

I love the size of my vehicle, all the extra features such heated and cooled seats, keyless entry, and the remote start. Also love rear camera and touch screen. The vehicle also drives really nice especially on long trips. Only complain is that I do not own a 2018.

- angie g

It is comfortable, solid, and gives a good ride.

I love the color, it is red. It is comfortable. It is high enough off the ground it does not feel like a low ride vehicle it gives a good ride. The only thing I do not like is when you have to look both ways it is a little bit hard to see out the passenger window.

- JoAnn B

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