The MKX is Lincoln’s rival to mid-size luxury crossovers such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLK Class. The vehicle underwent a major facelift last year so for 2012 there aren’t many updates, yet the MKX retains its class-leading safety, performance and fuel economy.
Loosely based on the Ford Edge, the MKX comes standard with a 3.7-liter V-6 matched to a six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. Unless you experience heavy snow during winter we’d recommend sticking with front-wheel drive due to its slightly better fuel economy than the available all-wheel drive model. The MKX already weighs around 4,000 pounds and doesn't need any more weight.
Peak output is an impressive 305 horsepower and 280-pound-feet of torque, and to make the most of it the automatic transmission comes with a pseudo manual mode. According to the EPA, the 2012 MKX will return a fuel economy of 19/26 mpg city/highway in its most fuel-efficient front-wheel drive configuration.
Acceleration is reasonable, even with a passenger in each seat, with the MKX taking around 8.0 seconds to reach 60 mph. Sound deadening for the cabin does a good job of masking the engine’s sound during hard acceleration and the electric power steering continues Ford's track record for decent feedback and feel.
The Lincoln MKX also offers an array of standard features that are often optional among its competitors, including heated and cooled seats, SYNC connectivity, the MyKey nanny, Intelligent Access with push-button start and Remote Start System, and the new MyLincoln Touch.
This technology can take some getting used to but once you’ve mastered it, MyLincoln Touch offers an easy-to-use system for accessing a multifunction color display and infotainment color display through voice, touch or a mix of both. Standard with MyLincoln Touch are two 4.2-inch color LCD screens in the cluster controlled by two five-way switches on the steering wheel and an 8-inch color LCD touch screen in the center stack.
Safety is also a highlight in the MKX, with the mid-size crossover earning a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for models built after February 2011, the fifth straight year the crossover has earned this honor. To earn this ranking, a vehicle must offer electronic stability control as well as achieve a rating of “good” in offset frontal-, side and rear-impact crash tests and roof strength evaluations.
For a more detailed look at the 2012 Lincoln MKX, check out the full review over at our sister site The Car Connection.