Now in its fifth year of production, the Lincoln MKX is a midsize, 5-seat, luxury crossover SUV, a more upscale cousin of the Ford Edge. It employs Ford's CD3 platform, with unibody construction and front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD). Its main competitors include the Lexus RX 350, Acura MDX, Audi Q5, and BMW X3. The 2011 model has undergone a complete refresh, and offers increased power and more luxury features.
The 2011 Lincoln MKX is available in one trim level that offers a large complement of standard features and several option packages. Standard on the MKX are 18-inch wheels, power liftgate, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, 6-speaker sound system, and Sync electronics, which includes Bluetooth capability and an iPod interface. Several option packages are offered, each one building on the last. The Premium package upgrades the seats and wheels, and adds adaptive headlights and interior mood lighting. The Elite package includes 20-inch chrome wheels, panoramic sunroof, upgraded leather seats, upgraded sound system, and a hard-drive-based navigation system. The Limited Edition package adds polished 20-inch alloy wheels and stylish colors and trim features. Many options are available as stand-alones. With the rear seats down, cargo space totals 69 cubic feet, according to Lincoln. Properly equipped, the MKX can tow 3500 pounds.
A 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine is standard in the 2011 Lincoln MKX, with a 6-speed automatic transmission. With FWD, the MKX delivers 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
Standard safety features on the 2011 Lincoln MKX include anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, rear parking sensors, front side air bags, and side curtain air bags. In government crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the MKX received 5 (out of 5) stars for driver and front passenger protection in frontal impacts. The MKX received highest-possible "Good" ratings in front-, side-, and rear-impact tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Starting MSRP for the 2011 Lincoln MKX was $39,415.