2017 Lincoln MKX
The 2017 Lincoln MKX is a midsize luxury crossover that's currently in its second generation, having been completely redesigned in 2016. The Lincoln MKX the biggest-selling model in the current Lincoln range, unsurprisingly perhaps given the mad buyer love for crossovers that seems to have no bounds. What does the 2017 model have to offer?
The alluring exterior of the MKX is a real eye-catcher, and it's based on a very well regarded platform that underpins some other big-selling models in the current market. The first-generation of the Lincoln MKX was a superb vehicle, but it's now even more distinguished and handsome than ever. The sculpting of the vehicle's sides has been softened, and the overall look is now more graceful and more voluptuous than it was previously. Having said all that, the overall profile is possibly a little more wagon-like than we saw with the original. The Lincoln signature dual grille that we've already seen on the smaller Lincoln MKC is now the dominant feature of the front of the Lincoln MKX. Other Lincoln MKC cues are also in evidence on the 2017 Lincoln MKX, especially the distinctive tail lights that stretch all the way across the tailgate.
The Lincoln MKX remains a two-row, five-seat model, but there's almost as much space for passengers and cargo inside as we find with some models that have squeezed a third row in. Not bothering with a barely usable third row means the second row and the cargo area boast well above average amounts of space. There's plenty of luxury squeezed into that impressive amount of available space though. Examples include power front seats with an incredible 22-way adjustment and an active motion feature for reduced fatigue while enduring longer journeys.
You'll get to choose between Premier, Select and Reserve trim levels in the 2017 Lincoln MKX, with two different engine choices. The standard engine across the lineup is a 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V-6 that provides 303 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque using a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifts. All three trim levels allow buyers to upgrade from the standard V-6 to a thoroughly modern 2.7-liter GTDI V-6 twin-turbo offering 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. Every 2017 Lincoln MKX is front-wheel drive as standard, but all-wheel drive is available for all three trims and with either engine option.
This is a powerful luxury crossover--not a particularly small midsize one either. That means you won't get compact car levels of fuel economy, although it's not a gas-guzzler by any means. The good news is you can more or less choose the model and drivetrain you want without worrying about the effect it has on the fuel economy. The best ratings come from the 2.7-liter V-6 with front-wheel drive with 17 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined.
An embedded modem, SiriusXM satellite radio through 10 speakers with the SYNC3 infotainment system, the poshest Bridge of Weir leather-trimmed heated and cooled seats create an even more luxurious driving experience than you already get with the Lincoln MKX.
If you're shopping for a midsize luxury crossover and the first model you think of isn't the 2017 Lincoln MKX, you should probably reassess. The Lincoln MKX delivers all the comfort, luxury and performance of rivals from Europe and Japan, but from a domestically designed and built model with more attractive pricing.