Lincoln MKX – 2007 Review: Lincoln says that the 2007 MKX is set to do battle against the Lexus RX 350 and other luxury crossovers, but after a week driving this new crossover, it’s obvious that it wields a penknife against a group of sharpshooters. On paper MKX has the goods. There’s a powerful V6 engine with a six-speed automatic, all-wheel drive of course, a nicely appointed interior and exterior styling that is probably the best looking of any current Lincoln. Yet the devil is in the details, and the poor execution of how all these features are put together hobble what could have been a compelling choice in the upscale crossover market.
What We Drove
Fun to Drive
2nd Opinion -- Blackett
Lincolns aren’t what they used to be. I must admit, the styling is growing on me, I favor the clean grille over the mirrored treatment of the Ford Edge, and few complaints will arise around the comfortable seats and generous rear leg room. However, everything about the MKX says well-equipped Ford and nothing close to refined Lincoln. Though the leather is decent and the random surfaces padded, the switchgear feels cheap, the ride is loud, and the door armrests are plastic rather than leather. There was a time when American luxury meant Cadillac and Lincoln. Those days took a hiatus, but Cadillac has made a triumphant return with improved designs and quality; the MKX suggests Lincoln seeks a much less rewarding fate.
2nd Opinion -- Chee
Painted switches. Nothing better sums up the current state of affairs at Lincoln than the painted switches you find inside its vehicles, and no vehicle better reveals this distinct disadvantage than the MKX crossover. Sure, all automakers borrow from the common car bin when building luxury variants, but the MKX seeps of “Edge”ness. This just isn’t good enough in a market that includes the Lexus RX and the Acura MDX. It’s a shame, for the cabin is comfortable and nicely appointed, with light wood grain and soft leather, and the panoramic sunroof is very cool. The powertrain is also competitive, offering plenty of power and response, though we’ll ignore its handing prowess – or lack thereof. At 40 grand and counting, car buyers deserve more.
2nd Opinion -- Wardlaw
Our Lincoln MKX tester reminded me of a giant rolling marshmallow: white, soft, pudgy, with rounded amorphous edges. My wife-to-be, who owns a Nissan product similar to the MKX, called it utterly forgettable. That’s good, because it means the Linc didn’t offend her sensibilities. That’s bad, because anyone with a pulse strives for something more than anonymity. I liked the THX sound system with Sirius satellite radio, the panoramic sunroof, and the powertrain. I didn’t like the amount of squat, dive, and roll the MKX dished out during my commute. At $44K and change, I also expect more than a Ford Edge with a different grille and dashboard. Personally, I’d buy an Acura MDX or even a Saturn OUTLOOK before this Lincoln.