2013 Lincoln MKX Expert Review

3.0 Overall Score
Performance 2.9 Comfort 3.6 Styling 2.8 Value 2.9

Editor's Overview

The 2013 Lincoln MKX is a refined and luxurious mid-size SUV based on the Ford Edge. Introduced in 2007, it faces newer and better competitors in this popular segment, which include the Lexus RX, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX and Mercedes-Benz GLK. Despite the characteristic Lincoln grille, it may still be mistaken for the more pedestrian Ford Edge.

You'll Like The 2013 Lincoln MKX If...

For those looking for a mid-size luxury SUV from a domestic automaker, the 2013 Lincoln MKX offers rounded, more traditional looks than the angular and aggressive Cadillac SRX. The MKX's standard 305-horsepower V6 is among the most powerful in this class.

You May Not Like The 2013 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 gussied-up Ford Edge. And while the MyLincoln Touch interface looks sleek, the controls can be frustrating to learn and use.

What's New

Revamped in 2011, the Lincoln MKX carries over to 2013 with only some new colors, a 22-inch polished-wheel option and minor updates to the MyLincoln Touch electronic interface.

Interior Features

The 2013 Lincoln MKX has plush, leather-trimmed seating for five and generous standard features, such as heated and cooled front seats. All models come with the MyLincoln Touch interface, which replaces many conventional buttons with a multifunction touch screen. It's modern but a little challenging to operate on the go. The system also uses voice recognition. Aluminum and optional wood trim help lend a luxurious feel to the cabin. In back, more than 32 cubic feet of cargo space lies behind the second-row seats, and that more than doubles with the seats folded.

Exterior Features

The 2013 MKX carries over the facelift from 2011, when it received a new hood, front fenders and rear fascia. Up front is the MKX's signature feature: a massive, shiny split-wing grille, which gives the impression of power and prestige as it ties the MKX to other Lincolns in the current family. At 87.5 inches across, the Lincoln MKX is several inches wider than some competitors, which might be significant if you need to park in tight spaces or a cramped garage. Even entry-level, front-wheel-drive MKX models ride on 18-inch aluminum wheels, with massive 20- and even 22-inchers optional.

Driving Impressions

The Lincoln MKX is an able performer, with reasonable acceleration and a compliant ride, though it is clearly less snug and spirited than some of the more sporty players in this class. All-wheel drive (AWD) helps keep things under control during hard acceleration, which can induce some torque steer in front-drive (FWD) 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. Be aware that the big-wheel options, the 20-inchers and especially the new 22s, introduce some noticeable ride stiffness.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a base, FWD 2013 Lincoln MKX comes in near $40,500, including destination. An AWD model starts at just over $42,000. The Premium option package adds $2,850, the Elite costs $5,535, and the Limited Edition adds $1,400 on top of either of the other packages. The base price of the 2013 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 take the price of a Lincoln MKX past $55,000. Down the road, we expect the Lincoln MKX to retain its value a little less well than Audi's Q5 and Volvo's XC60 and not nearly as well as the Lexus RX and BMW X3.

Notable Equipment

Climate-controlled front seats (and leather upholstery all around) are among several standard MKX amenities that can be costly options in its competitors. 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 in every 2013 MKX include anti-theft alarm, universal garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, air filtration system, SiriusXM satellite radio (with 6-month subscription) and a media hub with two USB ports, audio/visual input jacks and an SD card reader.

Notable Options

Heated rear seats, navigation system, rearview camera, panoramic moonroof and a THX II-certified sound system with HD Radio are among the numerous extra features available on the 2013 MKX. Other add-ons of note include blind-spot monitoring, a heated steering wheel (highly appreciated in cold climates), rain-sensing wipers, adaptive HID headlights, and a safety system that alerts the driver to approaching cross traffic.

Favorite Features


The blind-spot monitoring system that comes in the Elite option group is a wonderful safety net when it comes to preventing collisions with motorists that sneak up behind and whip around you.


The power-operated liftgate, which comes standard in the Lincoln MKX, is a super convenient feature to have when your hands are 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 2013 MKX use a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower, second only in this class to the Cadillac SRX's 308 horsepower. Despite that impressive power, the MKX's EPA city/highway fuel-economy ratings are also among the class leaders at 19/26 for a front-drive example and 17/23 for an all-wheel-driver. 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 mpg (FWD), 17/23 mpg (AWD)

Editors' Notes

The 2013 Lincoln MKX is a refined and luxurious mid-size SUV based on the Ford Edge. Introduced in 2007 and revamped in 2011, it faces newer and better competitors in this popular segment, which include the Lexus RX, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK, Infiniti FX and Volvo XC60. The MKX does not offer third-row seating, but its wide dimensions ensure comfortable seating for up to five. While it does have such characteristic Lincoln features as the big split-wing grille, it may still be mistaken for the more pedestrian Ford Edge. The MKX model line is simple: one engine and transmission, choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and a single trim level with three major option groups: Premium, Elite and Limited Edition.

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All The Bells and Whistles Come Standard Compared to Other Brands.

The Lincoln MKX has been the best vehicle purchase I have made to date. This vehicle had many standard options that are only offered on limited editions of other vehicles. Heated and air condition seats come standard on this vehicle. Dual A/C controls is a major plus. The heated steering wheel makes those cold winter mornings less painful. Remote start is a life saver on those hot summer days in FL. I can start my vehicle as soon as I walk out of the office or a store and the inside temperature is comfortable by the time I enter the vehicle. I have had zero mechanical issues in the 6 years I have owned the vehicle. The warranty and maintenance plan included with this vehicle saved me a lot of money on routine maintenance. I love to crank up the volume on my music and the THX surround sound is amazing. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone in search of a luxury midsize SUV.

- Season V

Why I like my Lincoln mkx.

I love the look of my Lincoln mkx. I chose it especially for the grill on the front. The models that had this grill at the time was the 2012 and 2013 model. I think since then, Lincoln may have gone back to this type of grill. I love the newer features such as the Bluetooth that connects to my phone. I like the leather seats. In the summer the sunroof is nice. It opens to let in air when needed. A feature on the outside that some Lincolns do not have is the pinstripe which is golden color while the car is a cream color. I am very pleased with my car. Something that I find uncomfortable is the headrests on the front seats. They hit my head at an odd position. I also do not like that the speedometer has numbers every 20 miles. I would like it to be 10 or even 5. Over all, thought, I really like my Lincoln mkx.

- L. B

Greatest little SUV on the road.

It could be just a little bigger. I do not have any problems so far. It is a very smooth ride, easy to handle, especially parking. I have always drove a Lincoln and love them. Good SUV for us since we are retired. I love that you can change the color of the interior lights. My husband loves to drive it and he has plenty of legroom. Great sound system and it has the little alarm light on the rearview mirrors that lets you know when you are to pull out in front of a car that is coming up behind you in the passing lane.

- Patricia B

The PERFECT SUV! Whether you're single or married, perf

The Lincoln MKX has been super reliable. It's gone through feet of snow with no issues. It hauled a uhaul trailer across the United States with no problem at all. I would definitely buy another SUV from Lincoln. I've had this vehicle for a few years now and I've done typical car maintenance. I've changed the brakes, battery and windshield wipers. The vehicle is incredibly comfortable and the ride is super smoothie.

- Emily E

Positive review Will purchase a Lincoln again

Good quality vehicle. I had an issue where when the vehicle was in park and shut off but the sensor indicated I needed to put it in park. Took it to my Lincoln dealer and they replaced the sensor. That happened twice. Have not had any trouble since. I love the size and smooth ride of this vehicle. It gets decent gas mileage. Also a very quiet vehicle. Cab noise is low.

- Angela S

Roomy and exquisitely equipped Lincoln MKX is so versatile it goes from roomy luxury ride to transport from the local home improvement store and everything in between.

I love the ride. It has a nice smooth quality ride. It's well equipped with amenities that I can't think of much else I could ever need. It's most convenient with the auto lift gate when shopping or transporting items from the home improvement stores. I've been able to transport 8' long sections of moulding with room to spare.

- becky b

Great family car for safety, reliability and comfort.

Great car for its class very comfortable and economic. Had a few recalls but were fixed right away other than that very reliable and sturdy. I have had great mpg and is used on a daily basis, had a car hit me head on and the frame didn't move a bit. Only caused small cracks in bumper while other vehicle was all smashed in.

- Yolanda D

Great ride with just the right technology.

The Lincoln mkx is a very comfortable ride. The technology in this vehicle is right at your fingertips making it easy and more safe to do various tasks such as make/accept a phone call, adjusting the climate in the vehicle, and changing from radio to Bluetooth stereo. The back up camera and rear sensors are great to have!

- Sara W

Riding in luxury, comfort and flare!

I have had my vehicle for one and a half years and it has around 60,000 miles. The battery has been replaced twice in the last 2 years for reasons that I don't know and just recently replaced an O2 sensor. I love the features of remote start the most followed by navigation and heated and cooled seats and backup camera.

- Chasity H

The seats are cooled and heated. The front seat has lumbar support.

When I put gear shift in park to cut motor off, the gear shift often does not catch and I have to wiggle it to catch. If it doesn't catch, I cant lock doors. I had a backup camera installed, sometimes when I put it in drive after reversing, the backup camera shows everything behind the car as I am driving.

- Vicki W

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