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2018 Lincoln MKX Walk Around


Externally, the MKX boasts several luxury-vehicle elements – but lacks a few other indicators of poshness. Premium upscale, for sure. Yet, considering its price, Lincoln’s MKX doesn’t quite reach far enough into full-luxury motoring.

While sharing engines and its foundation with the Ford Edge, the MKX differs considerably in appearance. Details stimulate delight, highlighted by the Lincoln’s voluptuously curvaceous shape. Modest application of chrome trim sets the right tone.

Interior

Comfortable and expressive, the MKX cabin feels admirably upscale. With its large dashboard elements, the cockpit breaks defiantly away from its Ford Edge cousin.

Instead of a traditional gearshift lever, Lincoln’s crossover employs pushbuttons along the center stack to change gears – an exercise in frustration.

Seating space is ample for four occupants, but a fifth might feel cramped. All MKX versions feature heated power front seats that adjust 10 ways.

Second-row seats also are spacious, though adjustments are minimal and the bench is on the flat side. Seats in all but the base Premiere trim level are trimmed with genuine leather.

A choice of interior design themes helps give the Black Label edition an especially expressive appearance. The Thoroughbred package, for instance, blends black and chestnut-hued leather with maple wood.

Lincoln’s intuitive Sync 3 infotainment system responds promptly and includes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. The 8.0-inch display screen is bright and easy to read.

Cargo capacity comes to 37.2 cubic feet with second-row seatbacks upright, expanding to 68.8 cubic feet when the second row is folded flat.

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