2011 Lincoln MKX SUV Hands-on

Posted: Dec 21 2010, 1:20pm CST | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews

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Luxurious and attractive SUV that gets attention

Over the last week, I have been cruising around in a 2011 Lincoln MKX SUV. This is the Lincoln version of the Ford Edge with some significant luxury upgrades. My test Lincoln MKX was FWD and has a 3.7L Ti-VCT V6 engine mated to a 6-speed Selectshift automatic transmission. The car was loaded with all the options and had the Rapid Spec 102A package, 20-inch chrome wheels, adaptive cruise and collision warning and a wood package. The base price of the vehicle is $39,145 and the as tested price with the options on the car came out to $50,280.

The 102A package was the most expensive of the options adding $7,500 alone to the price. The 102A package features ambient lighting, premium interior, adaptive HID headlights, voice activated navigation system, and a panoramic vista sunroof along with blind spot monitoring system. Like the other Lincoln cars I have tested recently, the fit and finish of the Lincoln is top notch. The dash is covered in leather, the seats were perforated and the piping on the seats was the same color as the dash and some of the trim. This thing screams luxury.

The front seats in the car are heated and cooled. The rear seats are heated as well. The color of my test vehicle is called Bordeaux Red Reserve and it is one of the sexiest colors I have ever seen on a stock vehicle from any maker, and I don't like maroon cars. I had three people stop me trying to go into the mall and ask me what color the car was and what kind of car it was. The paint is a metallic maroon and it is beautiful against the chrome wheels on the car and the lighter stone interior. My wife drives a 2010 Ford Edge and like her Edge, the stone interior of the Lincoln MKX looks more beige to me than gray.

The Lincoln MKX drives and feels just like the 10 Edge we own with a much more luxurious appointments inside. The car is smooth, has plenty of pep from the V6 to get you out in traffic and go when you need to. It rides smoothly and is very quiet. The Lincoln MKX has the MyLincoln Touch system in it, which is the same as the MyFord Touch system that I have used before. The crux of the system is that you have control pads on each side of the steering wheel and you can move through different car gauges and parameters on the left side of the instrument cluster and control the entertainment systems on the right side.

The system looks really cool and has a lot of interesting information, but trying to read the system and use it on the road is a challenge. I think most of us will pick a gauge on the left we like and only focus on the right side for the entertainment system. You will want to use those controls because most function so the radio HVAC system and Navigation are controlled with a touchscreen. The week I spent with the vehicle wasn't enough to get used to the touchscreen controls so I ended up using the wheel mounted controls and the sync system to control things.

I never really figured out an easy and quick way to adjust the radio channel while driving so I would just hit the Sync button and say "Radio" and then speak the station I want. I love Sync. The controls for the volume and force of the AC or heat blower are touch sensitive white areas on the center console under the radio. They are very sensitive and I either turned the radio down too much or up too high using, the touch controls on the center stack and ultimately just used the wheel control for adjusting the volume.

Like all Ford family vehicles, the Lincoln MKX navigation system is fantastic. The screen is big and bright with lots of resolution and accurate maps. The audio system in the SUV is THX II certified and sounds great. It has AUX inputs for watching movies and other content when you aren’t moving.

The collision warning system in the Lincoln MKX is interesting. If you get too close to another vehicle a tone goes off and a red light bar flashes on the dash to warn you, it certainly gets your attention. I also liked the adaptive HID headlights. They turn with the steering wheel and the HID lights are very bright making for easier driving at night. I really enjoyed my time with the Lincoln MKX and if you are in the market for a luxury SUV, I suggest you go check one of these out.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Tech and Car expert Shane McGlaun (Google) reports about what's new in these two sectors. His extensive experience in testing cars, computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
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