2017 Lincoln MKX Expert Review

3.8 Overall Score
Performance 3.9 Comfort 4.4 Styling 4.0 Value 4.2

Editor's Overview

Lincoln’s 2017 MKX luxury SUV places an emphasis on styling, comfort and technology, plus offers an impressive 335-horsepower EcoBoost engine to help you get where you going in a hurry. If you’re looking for athletic handling, however, the Germans still reign supreme.

You'll Like The 2017 Lincoln MKX If...

If you’re looking for a midsize-luxury SUV with an American flair for power, styling and creature comforts, all at a really good price, Lincoln’s 2017 MKX luxury-crossover SUV deserves a spot on your shopping list.

You May Not Like The 2017 Lincoln MKX If...

If you prefer your luxury SUVs to be brilliant performance machines, the MKX probably won’t satisfy in the same way a BMW X5 M or Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC43 can. Lincoln doesn’t offer a hybrid or diesel option, and its resale figures still lag behind the industry leaders.

What's New

Fresh from its debut last year, the Lincoln’s MKX SUV sails into 2017 with no major changes.

Interior Features

Elegant color combinations and high-quality materials like supple leather on the seats and aluminum and wood accents highlight the Lincoln MKX for 2017. The huge Panoramic Vista Roof gives the interior a light, airy feel. The Lincoln MKX's second row is pleasantly roomy, and with nearly 40 inches of rear-seat legroom (even more in front), it's easy to stretch out. The hub of the center stack is the new Sync 3 system, which uses an 8-inch touch screen to control Bluetooth, audio, climate and navigation. Optional on Select and Reserve trims are two available Revel audio systems.

Exterior Features

The overall shape of Lincoln’s 2017 MKX luxury SUV is similar to that of its kin the Ford Edge, but there are some styling cues that separate the two. The MKX uses Lincoln's split grille, plus generous use of LED lighting. The MKX comes standard with 18-inch wheels, which can be upped to 20- or 21-inch wheels with Lincoln's top-of-the-line Black Label. In addition to a choice of interior themes, it adds exclusive paint colors and badges to the MKX's exterior.

Driving Impressions

If you want to experience the 2017 Lincoln MKX at its best, you’ll need to order it with the 335-horsepower turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine. With more than 100 lb-ft additional torque over the standard 3.7-liter V6, the EcoBoost engine turns the MKX into a truly spirited performer, a feat made all the more impressive considering the SUV’s 4,300-pound curb weight. Fuel economy for the two engines is nearly identical, and actually better on models equipped with EcoBoost and all-wheel drive. As much fun as the 2017 MKX is in the straights, it isn’t as carefree in the turns, delivering what we’d call a relaxed ride. Handling is competent, but not competitive, when compared to Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC or BMW X5. True to the brand’s image, the Lincoln MKX for 2017 is a long-distance cruiser best described as comfortable, quiet and packed with luxury.

Pricing Notes

The 2017 Lincoln MKX has a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just shy of $39,200 for the front-drive Premiere with the 3.7-liter V6. Move up to the Select trim and the price begins just under $42,500, while the Reserve's starting-off point comes in right around $46,500. The top-of-the-line Black Label starts at over $54,000, and can top out over $67,000. Opting for the EcoBoost engine adds $2,000 no matter what trim. The 2017 MKX's base price is higher than the Acura RDX, on par with the Cadillac XT5, but below the Volvo XC60, Lexus RX and Audi Q5. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. Historically, we've found resale values for the Lincoln MKX to be on the average side for the class.

Notable Equipment

Included in the base price of the Lincoln MKX (Premiere trim) are cool features like LED taillights and a reverse-sensing system, plus heated side mirrors. Also heated is the standard 10-way-power driver seat. A media hub is included, as are Sync 3, a 9-speaker audio system and a rearview camera. Other standard niceties include a particulate air-filtration system, remote start, torque-vectoring control and curve control.

Notable Options

Where the Lincoln MKX really shines is in the options. The torquey EcoBoost engine. Revel audio systems, with up to 19 speakers. The huge Panoramic Vista Roof. Front seats that aren't just heated and cooled, but also are 22-way-adjustable and have seat massagers. Voice-activated navigation. Then there's the Lincoln Black Label, a trim level that's treated like an exclusive membership. You get a liaison that helps you throughout the purchase of an MKX, complimentary car washes anytime and a free annual detailing, vehicle pickup and drop-off for service and access to the Culinary Experience at restaurants with acclaimed chefs.

Favorite Features

ECOBOOST ENGINE

Lincoln’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 delivers more horsepower and torque than the standard 3.7-liter V6 with no penalty in fuel economy. The extra power is on tap at all times, helping this rather hefty SUV feel lighter than it actually is.


22-WAY POWER-ADJUSTABLE MASSAGING SEATS

Luxury is supposed to be about extravagance, so the fact that the 2017 Lincoln MKX offers a set of 22-way-power-adjustable seats just seems fitting. Need more? How about the ability to heat or cool their occupants, and even massage fatigued leg and back muscles.


Under the Hood

Lincoln offers two engine choices for the 2017 MKX luxury SUV. First is the tried-and-true 3.7-liter V6, which is the standard powerplant. Pony up an additional $2,000 and you can get a 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 offering 32 more horsepower than in the 3.7-liter V6, 102 more lb-ft of torque with no fuel-efficiency penalty. In fact, the EcoBoost engine meets or beats the 3.7-liter's fuel economy, whether the MKX is front- or all-wheel drive (FWD, AWD). Both engines come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.


3.7-liter V6

303 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm

278 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg (FWD), 16/23 mpg (AWD)


2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6

335 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm

380 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (FWD), 17/24 mpg (AWD) Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.


Editors' Notes

In order to regain its premier luxury-car-manufacturer status, Lincoln has been distancing itself from the Ford vehicles upon which most of its products are based. A prime example is the 2017 Lincoln MKX, a luxury SUV that shares its basic architecture with the Ford Edge, but that now has enough presence and gravitas to make Lexus RX and Audi Q5 buyers give it a second look. With room for only five people Lincoln’s MKX isn’t designed for large families. Instead, the MKX provides a more personal mode of transportation, one backed by an available 335-horsepower EcoBoost engine and numerous premium luxury touches such as the 22-way-adjustable front seats and Revel 19-speaker audio system.

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The Ultimate Lincoln Mercury MKX with all features offered on the 2017 model.

The MKX drives and handles well. It's very comfortable to ride in whether driving or riding. It has excellent features that include in car backup camera, excellent in car speaker system, in car phone, electric seats and headrest as well as electric mirrors, Side mirrors have a light that comes on when upcoming vehicles are on either side of you until the vehicle has gone past on a two to three or more lane interstate. Rear seats fold down to make space for extra cargo. Automatic rear hatch open and close. Beautiful interior trim package with black and brown color scheme for the leather seats. Also has light package that comes on in the dark as you approach the vehicle lighting the door handles and putting a doormat on the driver and passenger side until you are in the vehicle. All the bells and whistles are found on this car as this car was driven originally by an employee of the Lincoln Mercury manufacturing company. Sunroof opens to partial or full roof of vehicle. Lots of features on this beautiful silver Lincoln MKX.

- Pamela G

The Lincoln MKX is an absolute dream to drive and is the most comfortable vehicle I have ever ridden in.

I love my Lincoln MKX! It rides so well. The seats are luxurious and so comfortable. It has great take off power and the control is fantastic. I can get in and out of a parking space with no problem. I love the blind spot light on my mirrors and the beep when I have an object coming up beside me when parked or backing out of a parking space. I also love that the back hatch is button powered and the back seats are controlled by buttons. I highly recommend the MKX.

- Dawn H

Affordable luxury with the best NAVIGATION system!

Super luxurious, great storage space options, easy to use electronics. BEST NAVIGATION SYSTEM EVER (way better than Google maps and Waze.) Best bang for your buck in the midsize SUV class (as I test drove and compared a lot.) Huge sunroof is fantastic and my son loves it in the back seat. Car is perfect for families as well as tailgating.

- Heather K

Lincoln MKX Great family car

My vehicle has been fantastic, I love how it drives, and how it fits my family. I feel very safe in this vehicle and it isn't too big, it is easy to drive. The dual sunroof is awesome for my kids to look out when we are driving, the leather seats are easy to clean, and I love the seat warmers in the back as well for the kids.

- Amie A

Lincoln reliable vehicle.

This car is very reliable. Good in the snow. I have not had any problems except with the shifter inside the transmission but it was taken care of through warranty. The dealership gave me a loaner while car was getting fixed. My children feel the back seat is very roomy.

- Spring C

Many up to date features that make the car comfortable and easy to drive.

I haven't had any major problems. I enjoy the comfort and smoothness of the ride. Has a lot of up to date features. Especially like the heated seats and steering wheel as well as being in the back seats. The only downside is getting use to the different blind spots.

- Susan L

Lincoln vehicle is great.

Key batteries seem to die pretty quickly. Had to have them replaced a couple of times. Other than that, everything is great. The car drives really well. Very smooth. Lots of interior room. Can haul more things than I expected. Back seats can go down for more room.

- Bill T

Great luxury car for people of all ages.

I love the looks of my Lincoln, bright red and black interior with beautiful other colors you can change. The only thing I don't like is that the shifter is on the dash and it's just a button instead of a regular shifter. I like the lane assist too, great car.

- Alma L

It drives, handles and hugs the curves on winding roads.

I LOVE the light on the outside mirrors that warn me when a vehicle is in my blind spot. I love how it drives and handles. It has great pick up. I love the look of it too. I dislike the blind spot in the front on the sides.

- Bonnie R

Lincoln MKX is an affordable luxury vehicle.

It is very easy to drive and maneuv. It is comfortable and has cool features. It is easy to make and receive phone calls, change the temp settings, and directions ll by voice command.

- laura y

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