2009 MKX New Car Test Drive
The Lincoln MKX is a big crossover SUV. Based on the superb Ford Edge, the luxurious MKX offers features of pricier crossovers from Acura, BMW, Infiniti, and Lexus. The MKX is a crossover utility vehicle, meaning it has the roominess and cargo capacity of an SUV but is built like a car for improved fuel economy, a smoother ride and better handling.
The MKX seats five in spacious comfort with room left over for baggage. Rather than offering a third row, the MKX offers stretch-out room for two rows of seats. It was designed for adults. It offers heated seats, a glass moonroof, DVD rear-seat entertainment, and other luxury features. It's perfect for realtors and other professionals who need a vehicle for ferrying clients that's easy to get in and out and offers passengers good visibility. The MKX turns tighter than many sedans, making it easier to maneuver in crowded parking lots and other tight areas.
The MKX shows Lincoln heritage in ease of use. One doesn't have to climb in, familiarization with operating controls is quick, and driving characteristics are predictable. For many, the MKX is just the right blend between a luxury sedan and a full-size luxury SUV such as the Navigator.
Introduced for the 2007 model year, the Lincoln MKX has mostly added new convenience features since then. 2008 brought Sync, a system developed with Microsoft to integrate cell phones and media players through Bluetooth technology and a USB interface.
For 2009, Lincoln MKX adds 911 Assist to Sync, which can directly contact local emergency personnel if an airbag deploys or if the fuel shutoff is activated; and Vehicle Health Report (VHR), which allows customers to monitor more than two dozen vehicle systems and, when appropriate, schedule service on-line. Also new for 2009 is a next-generation navigation system that includes Sirius Travel Link and THX II Certified Audio.
The Lincoln MKX comes with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). MKX AWD also comes with slightly quicker gearing and larger front brakes.
The 2009 Lincoln MKX ($37,845) and MKX AWD ($39,695) models come with leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, tilt/telescoping wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, heated and cooled 10-way power adjustable front seats with lumbar adjustment, memory for the driver's seat and mirrors, 60/40 split folding rear seat, heated power mirrors with driver's side auto dimming, power windows, power locks, remote keyless entry, keyless keypad entry, AM/FM stereo with 6CD changer, auxiliary input jack, Sirius satellite radio, Sync entertainment and communications interface with voice recognition and dashboard controls, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlights, theft-deterrent system, fog lights, and P245/60HR18 tires on alloy wheels.
The Ultimate Package ($995) adds 18-inch, eight-spoke chrome-clad wheels; adaptive lighting; a new ambient interior lighting feature; a remote release for the split-folding second-row seats; premium leather seats with contrast piping; and a below-floor cargo management system.
Available with the Ultimate Package, at no additional cost, is the Ebony Interior Package, with Charcoal Black leather and ebony wood appliques. Also available only with the Ultimate Package is the Elite Package ($4,595), which adds a Panoramic Vista Roof with power sunshades, and a navigation system with voice recognition and THX II certified audio; and the Limited Edition package ($1,095), combining Ebony interior wood trim; premium leather seating in Charcoal Black with Medium Light Stone inserts and piping, chromed exterior door handles, a chromed grille, and P245/50R20 tires on chromed alloy wheels. Color choices are limited to Brilliant Silver, Vivid Red, White Platinum Tri-Coat and Black Clearcoat. A Monochromatic version of this package is offered with Black Clearcoat only and adds a black front grille.
Stand-alone options include the Panoramic Vista Roof ($1,895); a Trailer Tow Prep package ($395) with a heavy-duty cooling system and battery, a Class II trailer hitch receiver, and a four-pin connector; voice-activated navigation ($2,990); DVD entertainment ($1,995); THX II sound system ($995); heated rear seats ($295); remote engine starting ($345); engine block heater ($35); rubber floor mats ($55); White Platinum Tri-Coat paint ($495); roof rails ($95); and 20-inch chromed alloy wheels ($895).
Safety features include dual-stage front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags with rollover deployment, seat-belt pre-tensioners, tire-pressure monitor, rear park assist, antilock brakes, traction control, and electronic stability control with Lincoln's Roll Stability Control rollover mitigation system.