Crossover vehicles can often spring from the most unlikely design combinations. While many car buyers are familiar with the way Subaru and Volvo combined the placid station wagon with exciting SUV-like features such as all-wheel drive and increased ground clearance when they pioneered the crossover trend in the 1990s, this initial foray into the genre failed to become the prototype for future vehicles. Instead, individual automakers went happily off in all directions, conjuring up a number of different styles of not-quite-SUVs and not-quite-minivans out of their collective design departments.
The result of this freeform approach to crossovers has been a plethora of different takes on how a crossover should look and what role they should play in a family's life. Perhaps most popular have been the egg-shaped, somewhat generic crossovers from companies like Acura and Toyota, vehicles which have applied a vaguely futuristic template to the standard upright minivan in an attempt to produce an interesting, yet conservative body shape. This class of crossover also drives very much like a sedan, thanks to the use of four-door car platforms instead of a full SUV frame.
2007 Lincoln MKX
The 2007 Lincoln MKX is much more focused in its targeting of the luxury crossover market than any other Lincoln SUV to have come before it. Wanting to fill in a gap left by the departure of the mid-size Lincoln Aviator, Lincoln decided to break new ground with a vehicle that borrowed the same platform used by its MKZ sedan The result was a bold yet classic looking crossover built around the new corporate Lincoln grille shared with the Navigator. The MKX was also positioned as a less costly alternative to full-size SUVs while still offering a good level of standard equipment.
The 2007 Lincoln MKX is sold in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Both vehicles are driven by the same 265 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that also generates 250 lb-ft of torque. An excellent, smooth shifting 6-speed automatic transmission is the only gearbox option. Dynamically, the MKX is a step above other tall crossovers in its class, and while it is not exactly performance oriented, it provides very stable handling that hides no nasty surprises for drivers in harsh weather or during tricky maneuvers. Comfort is clearly paramount when it comes to the MKX's ride, and passenger jostling is kept to a minimum even over rough surfaces.
The passenger compartment of the 2007 Lincoln MKX features excellent and classy instrumentation that helps the crossover achieve a premium feel when drivers are behind the wheel. Heated and cooled leather seats, along with soft materials generously sprinkled around the interior as trim continue the upscale image. The MKX has ample room for 5 passengers, and can be ordered with a unique glass roof that provides a stunning view of the stars during country drives. A DVD navigation and entertainment system, power liftgate and even heated rear seats can be ordered as options for the MKX.
Timeless styling and an attention to detail help the 2007 Lincoln MKX stand out from a crowded used crossover field.