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2014 Lincoln MKX

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/31/2014 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2014

The 2014 Lincoln MKX is now offered with 20- and 22-inch wheels and an available Limited Edition Package, which comes with ceramic-colored leather seats, head restraints, center console, instrument panel, steering wheel, and contrasting red stitching and dark tuxedo stripe and piping.

Vehicle Summary

The MKX is a five-seat luxury crossover sold in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations. It is available only with a 3.7-liter V-6 producing 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.


The V-6 makes the 2014 MKX “lively and capable,” giving it good acceleration and better driving dynamics than some competitors such as the Lexus RX 350. Large brakes and an improved chassis help make it more stable and quieter crossover than its competitors. However, the 2014 MKX doesn’t communicate its energetic nature to the driver. Fuel economy is good with the EPA rating front-drive models at 18/26 mpg city/highway, while opting for all-wheel drive drops those numbers down to 17/23 mpg.

Interior build quality is good with upscale materials that are “handsomely finished.” The 2014 MKX’s infotainment system, however, is a weak point with its ultra-sensitive controls that make simple functions such as adjusting the radio’s volume complicated. While logical, its lack of knobs and buttons make the user interface confusing, sacrificing user-friendliness in the name of cutting-edge technology.

The 2014 Lincoln MKX has a four-star safety rating from NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and earned good in the four categories that the IIHS has tested it in (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

While the 2014 Lincoln MKX has a solid, relatively fuel-efficient powertrain and a pleasant cabin, its infotainment system and touch-based controls let it down. My Lincoln Touch requires the user to take time and “learn its fairly simple language” so that it works properly. In a First Test of a 2011 model, we noted that it’s easy to disrupt other functions when using the center stack by placing your finger too close to another button’s electro-magnetic field.

You’ll Like

  • Powerful V-6
  • Good driving dynamics for a crossover
  • Well-built cabin

You Won’t Like

  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Not as driver-oriented as some competitors
  • Lack of buttons means it’s difficult to operate the center stack controls

Key Competitors

  • BMW X3
  • Lexus RX
  • Audi Q5
  • Mercedes-Benz M-Class
  • Infiniti QX70



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