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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
305 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
280 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (FWD), 17/23 (AWD)
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.