2012 Lincoln MKX – A Great Choice For Your CUV Dollar


Comfortable ride; plethora of standard features; quiet interior; groundbreaking technology and ample passenger space.


Occasionally stubborn transmission; difficult to use MyLincoln Touch; slightly dynamic advantage over related Ford Edge.


2012 Lincoln MKX is the company’s entry into the ever growing, tough and 5-passenger luxury crossover segment. It is a respectable choice for a luxury crossover, with its generous list of equipments, well rounded performance and spacious and well designed interior. The all new Lincoln MKX embraces thoroughly modern lines, while the oval chrome exhaust tips, available 20-inch polished aluminum wheels and split-wing grille help make it stand out even when it’s standing still. The available adaptive HID headlights help to give the driver a complete new outlook. Whenever you turn the steering wheel, the HID adaptive headlamps turn in that direction for illuminating a wider stretch of road. The HID headlamps use less energy and last longer as compared to traditional halogen bulbs. The LED wraparound taillamps make a stunning statement; surrounded by crisp chrome accents and help the impressive exterior design shine on Lincoln MKX.

2012 Lincoln MKX

The split-wing grille showcases the contemporary design style of 2012 Lincoln MKX and impresses in stylishly modern chrome. Access to cargo area is easy with standard power liftgate that can be lowered or raised at the touch of a button. This feature makes loading easier, particularly while your hands are full. For activating, simply push the button situated on the incorporated key fob, or instrument panel button, or the button situated in rear cargo area. Industry-exclusive, engaging design and new technologies featuring world-class materials and craftsmanship further elevate the 2012 MKX midsize luxury crossover. Its dramatic freshening extends to all areas of the vehicle: new exterior design, new technologies and features not available anywhere else, new powertrain with unsurpassed fuel economy, new interior design with increased use of genuine materials, new tires and wheels and improved driving dynamics; all of which combine for delivering unparalleled luxury experience.

The 2012 Lincoln MKX symbolizes no-compromise luxury; every characteristic –ergonomics, technology, power, fuel economy, material selection and driving experience is a standout. A wealth of updates means 2012 MKX will offer a more connected feel between the road and the driver through engaging steering, responsive acceleration, confident braking and spirited handling. The new 18-inch tires are mounted on larger wheels than outgoing product and have increased grip, helping enable improved handling and enhanced stopping. 20-inch wheels are offered as well. The flowing exterior design of MKX offers a perfect complement to class-exclusive features and industry-leading technology of the luxury crossover. The Limited Edition Package includes unique aluminum appliqués on door inserts and instrument panels; polished aluminum 20-inch wheels; premium leather trimmed seats in Charcoal Black with tuxedo stripe, Charcoal Black piping and Bronze Metallic seating surfaces; Limited Edition vehicle badging; headlamps etched with Lincoln Star logo and premium floor mats with logo.

The Lincoln MKX is basically a midsize luxury crossover utility vehicle from Lincoln division of Ford and a de facto successor to Lincoln Aviator luxury sport utility vehicle. It was introduced in the month of December 2006 as a 2007 model and as a production version of Lincoln Aviator Concept showcased at 2004 North American International Auto Show. Other than premium features and unique styling, it is closely related to Ford Edge, sharing CD3 platform of Ford, body panels, powertrain and other design elements. The MKX is features a unibody construction and is natively front-wheel drive with available four-wheel drive. Its only powertrain is a Duratec V6 3.5 liter equipped with six-speed automatic transmission. It offers comfortable seating for up to five passengers and is a stark contrast to the Aviator that was based on four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive body-on-frame platform of Ford Explorer, was larger with seating for seven passengers and came with standard V8 engine. It is built alongside its Ford Edge sibling at Oakville Assembly Plant of Ford in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. The company updated the interior in 2011, while the exterior was redesigned.

2012 Lincoln MKX interior

The 2012 Lincoln MKX is now a pretty respectable choice in the luxury crossover sport utility vehicle segment with redesigned recipe, which brought significant enhancements in interior quality, performance and driving dynamics. You will find plenty of substance underneath its attention grabbing looks. The MKX sees no changes after that metamorphosis. However, it does have some downsides, the most notable being MyLincoln Touch electronics interface which has drawn criticism from consumers for being frustrating to use and hard to figure out. There are plenty of other models in the market such as Cadillac SRX, Volvo XC60, Lexus RX 350 and Mercedes Benz GLK350. You might also want to consider Ford Edge Sport.

Variants, Body Styles and Options

The 2012 Lincoln MKX is a premium luxury crossover sport utility vehicle that offers comfortable seating for up to five passengers and is offered in one trim level.

Standard features include keyless ignition/entry, 18-inch alloy wheels, auto dimming interior and driver-side exterior mirrors, rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, the MyKey system that enables owners to limit vehicle’s radio volume and top speed, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver memory functions, heated and ventilated power front seats, Sync and MyLincoln Touch electronics interface systems including iPod interface and Bluetooth, a 10-speaker stereo system with satellite radio, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, an SD card reader and a USB port and a tilt and telescoping steering column.

The Premium package comes with adaptive xenon headlights, 18-inch polished alloy wheels, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, a heated power adjustable steering wheel, interior mood lighting, heated second-row seats and upgraded leather upholstery. On the other hand, the Elite package offers all the equipments and features of Premium Package plus a panoramic sunroof, 20-inch chrome wheels, a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system, a blind-spot warning system, a hard drive based navigation system with Sirius Travel Link (real-time weather, traffic and other information) and 10GB of digital music storage and HD radio. Many of the Elite’s updates are also available as standalone options. A Limited Edition package includes bronze leather upholstery with black accents, 20-inch polished alloy wheels, monogrammed floor mats and unique textured metallic trim. Separate option highlights include a rearseat entertainment system with dual displays and adaptive cruise control.

2012 Lincoln MKX interior

What’s Beneath the Hood of 2012 Lincoln MKX?

Motivation for the 2012 Lincoln MKX comes from a 3.7 liter V6 engine, which is good for pulsating 305 horsepower with 280 pound feet of torque. The engine is mated to six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting capability. There is a choice of all wheel or front wheel drive system. In performance testing, it accelerated from 0 to 60 miles per hour in the time range of 7.3 seconds and offered the fuel economy of 26 mpg highway, 19 mpg city and 21 mpg in combined driving. Once properly equipped, it can provide up to 3500 pounds of towing capacity.

Safety and Reliability

The 2012 Lincoln MKX comes with standard safety features, which include stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, side curtain airbags and front side airbags. The MyKey system allows owners to limit vehicle’s radio volume and top speed, while the blind spot warning system is optional. In brake testing, the MKX with 20-inch wheels came to a stop in 134 feet from 60 miles per hour. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave MKX the highest rating of Good for side impact and frontal offset protection.

2012 Lincoln MKX interior

Special Features and Cockpit Design

The 2012 Lincoln MKX boasts one of the well designed interiors with real aluminum accents, quality materials and handsome stitching throughout. Lavish and sophisticated are two words, which come to mind while talking about the front-row leather seating surfaces in MKX. All MKX models come standard with luxurious and soft leather trimmed seats with signature Tuxedo stripe stitched into each seat. The seats are cooled and heated, driver’s seat memory for up to two drivers and have 10-way, front-passenger and power driver seats power lumbar/recline. The standard leather seating is very luxurious; you can take it the next level with The Bridge of Weir leather trimmed seats.

Create an inviting and warm interior when you upgrade to available genuine wood trim in olive ash or walnut swirl. The distinctive wood trim embroiders the interior door-trim panels, steering-wheel inlay and instrument-panel appliqué. The available panoramic Vista Roof spans both rows, enabling for cool breezes and abundant sunshine. It is powered for easy closing and opening, and integrates a power sunshade to help keep interior cooler on warmer days. Heated, cooled and leather-trimmed front seats are designed to comfort and cradle. The 2012 Lincoln MKX provides the very best in seat comfort with 10-way power, including driver memory settings and power lumbar support for two drivers.

Driving Impressions

The 3.7-liter V6 of 2012 Lincoln MKX is smooth and furnishes brisk acceleration, though transmission can at times be reluctant to downshift. Providing a sporty and exhilarating drive, the 6-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission with paddle activation provides the excitement of stick shift with convenience of an automatic by enabling the driver to manually select gears. It also provides hill start assist that makes pulling away easier when the vehicle is on uphill slope.

2012 Lincoln MKX

The optional Intelligent All-Wheel Drive helps give 2012 Lincoln MKX enhanced traction while offering tighter handling and control and impressive performance. This system responds actively by redirecting power to appropriate wheel for best traction and also helps enhance driver’s handling and performance in driving situations like sleet, rain, gravel, sand or snow. Designed for comfort and performance, the four-wheel luxury-tuned independent suspension offers agile handling, helps reduce vibration and easily handles bumps. The class exclusive Roll Stability Control gets a vehicle roll-motion sensor, which directly measures vehicle’s roll rate at least 100 times every second.

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