2011 Lincoln MKX First Drive
Read the full 2011 Lincoln MKX Review at AutoGuide.com
2011 Lincoln MKX Review - First Drive
Lincoln targets the Lexus RX with more power, better fuel economy and innovative technology
It seems that you need to have a luxury branded mid-size crossover to succeed in the car biz these days. Since it’s introduction in 2006; the Lincoln MKX has proved to be a hot seller for the brand, despite offering just a single engine and transmission (in this case a 265 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic). Yet the MKX’s combination of a sturdy unibody design, surprisingly good driving dynamics and high feature content, made it a surprising hit.
As a result, for 2011, with the Mercury brand now gone, Lincoln hopes that by adding a raft of upgrades it can further increase the MKX’s popularity, not only among Ford faithful but also by gaining conquest customers - people that perhaps would have previously considered vehicles like the Lexus RX350. Question is, do these upgrades go far enough? During an early preview drive of the 2011 MKX in Washington D.C., Autoguide did it’s best to find out.
From a styling aspect, the 2007-2010 MKX was a curious blend of 1962 Continental; 1995 Town Car and modern crossover SUV, thanks to it’s full width front grille and LED taillight assembly that ran across the rear hatch opening.
For 2011, the MKX adopts the current Lincoln corporate profile, with a much more aggressive nose profile that apes the MKT. According to chief engineer Elaine Bannon, everything forward of the A pillars is new and the effect is quite striking, with a look that is both regal yet somewhat sinister. Out back the taillight panel has also been revised – the lights are now segmented, rendering the vehicle’s rump somewhat less busy in appearance, but amid a sea of generic cars on stilts that clot our modern highways, a still somewhat signature look. But it’s inside where the changes are most notable.