2008 Lincoln MKX Review

By Marc Bouchard
2008 Lincoln MKX Review

Summary Rating: 74%

Styling

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Accessories

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Space and Access

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Comfort

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Performance

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Driving Dynamics

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Safety

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The Lincoln MKX is largely based on the Ford Edge, its entry-level twin. The wide stance, sleek lines and dynamic powertrain are identical. The only real difference is their styling... although you have to pay careful attention to notice the subtle changes.

The Lincoln MKX is largely based on the Ford Edge, its entry-level twin.

While the Edge boasts a well-executed design, its premium variant is equally successful, though more polished and refined in the back. The front fascia, especially the grille, needs to be revised, but since the design language introduced by Lincoln with the MKS sedan is highly promising, we'll probably see a clever update to the grille in the near future.

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Luxury is the operative word inside. Features and amenities are aplenty, just like most competitors. However, there's nothing special that makes the MKX really stand out, except maybe for the THX-certified premium audio system and Ford's SYNC technology. The former delivers a rich, powerful sound with fantastic clarity.

Understated is a perfect way to describe the layout. Aside from the genuine wood trim on the steering wheel and false wood trim on the dashboard, the cockpit is pretty conservative-looking. There's one thing I still can't get used to in Lincoln vehicles: the speedometer and tachometer are made up of small, square gauges, which makes them quite hard to read. Sure, the nod to the '70s is nice, but it lacks functionality. What's more, the HAVC system is not as powerful as expected.

Interior room is adequate for all occupants, even for the head and shoulders. On the other hand, designers had to sacrifice cargo room in the process. The trunk isn't very spacious indeed, while access is made harder by the high loading threshold. Smaller folks who want to put heavy stuff in the back will certainly have a tough time doing so.

The Lincoln MKX features a THX-certified premium audio system and Ford's SYNC technology.

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