2017 Lincoln MKX

Pros: Spacious, quiet cabin; classy interior materials; cushy ride quality; fine acceleration from Ecoboost V6; good selection of available comfort and safety features

Cons: Ecoboost engine’s real-world fuel economy is disappointing; so-so rear visibility; finicky MyLincoln Touch control interface (but improved Sync 3 system is a midyear upgrade); some testers find the push-button gear selector awkward; fully optioned models are a questionable value

CG Says: After its redesign last year, the 2017 Lincoln MKX is essentially unchanged. MKX is a premium midsize crossover SUV with seating for five passengers. MKX shares its basic platform with the redesigned-for-2015 Ford Edge; this generation MKX has new styling, a more spacious interior, a newly available turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, and new technology and safety features. Notable among those features are a panoramic sunroof, hands-free liftgate, a 180-degree forward-view camera, blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system. A 303-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine is standard and a 335-hp turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 is optional on all models. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The redesigned Lincoln MKX does a better job of distancing itself from its mainstream Ford Edge cousin than the first-generation MKX did. The available Ecoboost V6 turbo supplies smooth, ready power, and the supple ride and generous list of available luxury features make the MKX feel like a true premium-class vehicle. The MKX’s primary competitor, the redesigned Lexus RX, might outclass it in terms of interior materials and all-around refinement, but the MKX is a credible alternative—particularly if you’re turned off by the RX’s radical styling.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Lincoln
Nation of Manufacture Canada
Base Prices Premiere: $38,260
AWD Premiere: $40,755
Select: $41,550
AWD Select: $44,045
Reserve: $45,560
AWD Reserve: $48,055
Black Label: $53,475
AWD Black Label: $55,970

Base Engine
3.7-liter V6
Horsepower
303
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
16-17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-25

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.7-liter V6
Horsepower
335
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-25