2008 Lincoln MKX

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2008 Lincoln MKX Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Lincoln MKX was new.

The MKX delivers a nice combination of luxury and refinement in a crossover vehicle that drives and sips fuel like a sedan while offering the utility of an SUV. But it still doesn't match the interior refinement of some rivals and ranks near the bottom of its class and in the bottom half when compared to other affordable crossovers.

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of interior and cargo room
  • Abundant luxury features, including an optional panoramic sunroof
  • Smooth "sedan-like" drive
  • Stellar safety scores
  • Some find the seats uncomfortable
  • Expensive compared with some competitors
  • No manual shift mode for the transmission

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Lincoln MKX has a score of 7.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 57 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.9
Safety: 9.5
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2008 Lincoln MKX Overview

Lincoln's first CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle), the MKX offers a refined, smooth ride and is filled to its spacious brim with luxury features. The 2008 MKX is virtually unchanged since last year, but it has gained more interior features. BusinessWeek says the MKX has "all the virtues of an SUV -- ample interior space, available all-wheel drive, a high driving position -- and lacking the major drawback, lousy fuel economy." However, some reviewers find the MKX falls short in interior refinement, especially when compared to its luxury-minded rivals. Reviewers are also conflicted over whether the MKX is worth the premium cost it carries as compared with similar SUVs. It costs about $5,000 more than the Ford Edge, its sister car.

The 2008 Lincoln MKX is available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions. Optional for both is the Ultimate Package, the Elite Package and the Class II Trailer Tow Prep Package.

  • "Unless you need to carry more than five people, or tow massive trailers, the MKX is a very appealing alternative to bigger, thirstier luxury SUVs such as its own big brother, the Lincoln Navigator. It's surprisingly nimble, great on the highway, and those looks don't hurt a bit." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "The MKX, in short, is a very decent offering. It's easy to look at, easy to park. It's got comfortable seats, lots of room for second-row passengers, and enough surprise and delight to keep you pressing buttons and throwing switches for weeks." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "A week with a well-equipped front-wheel drive MKX showed it to be a fine contemporary luxury vehicle. Its upscale design and specification are enhanced by interior quiet and a smooth but controlled ride. It drives and feels like a car, not a truck, and the powertrain meets all demands placed upon it." -- The Auto Channel

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