2018 MKX

2018 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; some testers find the push-button gear selector awkward; fully optioned models are a questionable value

CG Says: The 2018 Lincoln MKX is essentially unchanged. MKX is a premium midsize crossover SUV that shares its basic platform with Ford Edge. MKX was redesigned for the 2016 model year. 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. Available features include 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. The current 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 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 Premier: $39,960
AWD Premier: $42,455
Select: $43,475
AWD Select: $45,970
Reserve: $47,485
AWD Reserve: $49,980
Black Label: $55,155
AWD Black Label: $57,650

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

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2018 Lincoln MKX
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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