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.
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