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8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 8.9
Reliability:
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2013 Lincoln MKX Review

An excellent reliability score and a lower total cost of ownership than competitors place the used 2013 MKX in the middle of a highly competitive class

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Dull handling
  • Complicated infotainment system

2013 Lincoln MKX Overview

Is the 2013 Lincoln MKX a Good Used SUV?

The 2013 Lincoln MKX is a good used 2-row luxury midsize SUV that favors comfort over sportiness. It has lots of standard premium-grade features, including heated and cooled seats. However, the MKX’s infotainment system is awkward and its crash test scores are below average for the segment.

Used 2013 Lincoln MKX Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive Lincoln MKX comes with a 305-horsepower six-cylinder engine and a smooth six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available. The engine has adequate power for most daily driving situations, but its transmission can be slow to downshift when you need more power. The Lincoln is comfortable even on rough roads, but its handling is dull compared with that of most rivals.

The MKX with FWD gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive MKX returns 17/23 mpg city/highway.

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The 2013 Lincoln MKX seats five on standard leather seats. Ten-way power-adjustable heated and cooled front seats are standard, as are reclining rear seats. Both rows are spacious; three adults can even sit comfortably in the rear. The MKX has complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard second-row seats, plus an additional tether anchor for the middle seat.

Standard interior features include dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, remote start, and a 10-speaker stereo system. The infotainment system is confusing; its controls are slow to respond to inputs and some of the icons on the screen are hard to see.

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Used 2013 Lincoln MKX Prices

The price of a used 2013 Lincoln MKX ranges from about $19,600 for the front-wheel-drive trim to around $20,300 for the AWD trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Lincoln MKX?

The 2013 Lincoln MKX has a reliability score of four out of five from J.D. Power. That’s above average across the auto industry.

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How Safe Is the MKX?

The 2013 Lincoln MKX earned an overall safety rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received a three-star front crash rating and four stars for the rollover crash test. It earned five stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the MKX a Top Safety Pick. The model earned the highest rating of Good for the moderate overlap front, side, roof, and rear crash tests.

The MKX comes standard with blind spot warning mirrors. Available active safety features include a rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and collision warning with brake support.

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Is the 2013 MKX the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Lincoln MKX is part of a generation that launched in 2007, was refreshed in 2011, and ended in 2015. If you are looking to save money, the 2012 MKX may suffice. There are no differences between it and the 2013. The 2011 MKX lacks the available 14-speaker sound system and integrated turn-signal sideview mirrors. If these features aren’t important to you, you may want to consider the 2011 model to save even more money.

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Which Used Lincoln MKX Is Right for Me?

The Lincoln MKX comes in one well-equipped trim. Available features are offered in packages. The Premium package offers a heated steering wheel, heated rear outboard seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a rearview camera. The Elite package has HD Radio, a moonroof, a 14-speaker sound system, and voice-activated navigation. An MKX with the Premium package makes the most sense, thanks to its numerous active safety features.

Even with the MKX’s above-average reliability score, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model for extra peace of mind. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Lincoln MKX and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Lincoln MKX or 2013 Acura MDX?

The Lincoln MKX has a better reliability rating and costs less to own than the 2013 Acura MDX. However, the Acura outshines the Lincoln in almost every other way. The MDX has athletic handling and sharp steering. With its three rows, the Acura also offers more cargo space than the Lincoln and can carry more passengers. In addition, the Acura’s infotainment system is considered much easier to use.

Which Is Better: 2013 Lincoln MKX or 2013 Ford Edge?

The 2013 Ford Edge shares the same platform with its corporate cousin, the MKX. Their interior dimensions are similar, and their infotainment systems are equally frustrating to use. The top-end Edge Limited has features comparable to the MKX, yet on average costs thousands less. That makes the Edge the better choice.

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