Do you plan on shopping for a luxury crossover SUV? You might like the 2018 Lincoln MKX. It receive a full-redesign a few years ago with emphasis on luxury and quality. It offers quiet interiors and many features at reasonable prices.
The 2018 Lincoln MKX is still associated with Ford Edge. There are many similarities between the two, but overall Lincoln has upped MKX luxury values. The cabin is quiet on the highway, the seats are very comfortable, and the suspension absorbs bumps very weel. In essence, the 2018 MKX offers all the features from luxury SUV.
Indeed, European SUVs have more prestige attached to them. But if you are looking for a high class vehicle to transport your family, the 2018 MKX is the right choice.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Lincoln MKX is a five-passenger midsize luxury crossover SUV. It’s available in four trim levels: Premiere, Select, Reserve and Black Label.
Standard equipment for the base Premiere trim includes 18-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers (AWD only), xenon headlights, keyless ignition and entry, remote engine start, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, driver-seat memory functions, power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, and 60/40-split second-row seat with power-folding seatbacks.
Standard tech includes an 8-inch touchscreen display with Lincoln Sync 3 infotainment system, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, a 10-speaker audio system with satellite radio and a CD player.
The 2018 Lincoln MKX Select trim adds LED daytime running lights, a hands-free liftgate, power-folding side mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and leather upholstery.
The optional Select Plus package adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems and a navigation system. The Climate package adds automatic high beams, automatic windshield wipers, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.
The Reserve trim adds the Select Plus package content plus adaptive headlights, 20-inch wheels, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and mobile app compatibility and the contents.
The 2018 Lincoln MKX Black Label trim builds on the Reserve features with specific 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, rear parking sensors, the Climate package contents, a simulated-suede headliner, upgraded leather upholstery, a 19-speaker Revel Ultima surround-sound audio system with HD radio.
Every Black Label MKX gets a choice of three design themes (Thoroughbred, Modern Heritage and Indulgence), which alters the trim and the color of the carpeting, headliner and upholstery. You also get access to Lincoln Black Label program, which offers vehicle maintenance, detailing and some travel perks.
The Reserve and Black Label trim also offer several optional packages. The Technology packages add automated parallel parking, a 360-degree camera system and front parking sensors. The Driver Assistance adds forward collision warning and mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, adaptive steering. The Luxury package adds adaptive LED headlights and the Revel Ultima audio system.
Stand-alone options include a trailer tow package, 21-inch wheels, 22-way-adjustable front seats, inflatable rear seat belts, a 13-speaker Revel audio system (Select and Reserve), and a rear-seat video entertainment system with dual displays.
Under the hood, the 2018 Lincoln MKX gets a standard 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 303 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive available as an option. EPA fuel economy ratings at 20 mpg combined (17 city/25 highway) with front-wheel drive and 19 mpg combined (16 city/23 highway) with all-wheel drive.
The optional turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine generates more robust 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. EPA fuel economy is rated at 20 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) with front-wheel drive and 19 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway) with all-wheel drive. In performance testing, the 2018 Lincoln MKX Black Label with this engine and all-wheel drive accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, which is an average time for a midsize luxury crossover. Properly equipped, the 2018 Lincoln MKX can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Inside, 2018 Lincoln MKX offers spacious cabins for five passengers. The front seat is comfortable, while the optional 22-way power-adjustable version lets you customize exactly your unique shapes and sizes. The reclining backrest contributes to the high comfort of the rear seats.
The 2018 Lincoln MKX cabin materials are generally high quality, with flexible imitative leather and a choice of original wood or aluminum trim on a glossy or more textured pore layer. Indeed, there are some places where materials less luxurious, especially around the transmission shift buttons and dashboards central stack.
Controls and screens are well placed and easy to use. The Sync 3 interface touchscreen system is also very user-friendly in operation, including a similar way as smartphones with swipe and pinch-to-zoom. Behind the rear seat, the 2018 Lincoln MKX offers spacious cargo space, 37.2 cubic feet. Fold the backrest and you get 68.8 cubic feet of cargo space, a figure that is equivalent to strong competitor.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Lincoln MKX is expected to arrive in the fall of 2017. Official pricing will start from $39,035 and top out at $56,725 (destination fees included).
The 2018 Lincoln MKX competition will include the Lexus RX 350, Acura MDX, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.