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.