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2015 Lincoln MKX

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/6/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The 2015 Lincoln MKX is unchanged, but a new model arrives for the 2016 model year.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Lincoln MKX is a two-row luxury crossover available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. It is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 with 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is decent for the class at 18/26 mpg city/highway in front-drive guise and 17/23 mpg with all-wheel drive.


Acceleration was improved when the Lincoln MKX was refreshed for the 2011 model year, giving it better straight-line performance thanks to the more powerful V-6 engine. Passing and merging maneuvers are effortless due to its responsive six-speed automatic, which makes the most out of the V-6's power. The crossover also handles better and feels stable on the road with good steering response and brake feel.

The 2015 MKX has high-grade materials throughout the interior. Soft, leather-upholstered seats (redesigned during the 2011 model year refresh) provide comfortable seating for four adults. The touch-sensitive infotainment controls, however, are not user-friendly and are overly sensitive, which forces the driver to take his or her attention away from the road when changing the temperature or radio stations.

The 2015 Lincoln MKX has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS testing, the 2014 model earned a good score in four categories (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The 2015 Lincoln MKX is a viable choice among two-row luxury crossovers thanks to a quiet, comfortable cabin and decent driving dynamics. In a 2011 First Test review, we said the crossover is "lively and capable" with strong acceleration and stable handling for a tall vehicle. Its interior is refined with high-quality materials throughout the cabin and remains quiet even at higher speeds. The infotainment system, however, is a weak point due to its controls being overly sensitive causing the driver to push other buttons while trying to adjust the audio volume or the temperature. During 2011 Motor Trend SUV of the Year evaluations, we said that the new controls on the MKX were "temperamental to use." Additionally, it takes some time to learn how the infotainment functions due to its touch-sensitive controls being more complex compared with the traditional buttons and knobs of some competitors.

You'll Like

  • Strong V-6 engine
  • Stable handling
  • Comfortable and quiet cabin

You Won't Like

  • Overly sensitive and complex touch controls
  • Questionable exterior styling
  • Infotainment system takes time to master

Key Competitors

  • Lexus RX
  • BMW X3
  • Audi Q5
  • Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
  • Volvo XC60


3 star


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