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2013 Lincoln MKX Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Lincoln MKX was new.


Performance: 7.0

Overall, the 2013 Lincoln MKX is an acceptable performer. Reviewers say it has adequate power for most drivers and its smooth ride is more comfortable than many over bumps. Plus, its fuel economy with front-wheel drive is great for a luxury midsize SUV. However, shoppers who want an exciting, sporty driving experience will want to look elsewhere. While reviewers say the MKX’s performance is sufficient, it’s not exactly fun-to-drive.

  • "Stout acceleration from the 3.7-liter V-6 keeps things moving with good path control and a compliant ride." -- Car and Driver
  • While the MKX impresses on straightaways and can hold its own on twisty roads, its suspension is tuned more for comfort than for agility." -- Left Lane News

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Lincoln MKX comes with a 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 engine that gets 19/26 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 17/23 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive, according to the EPA. A six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard.

Test drivers say that the Lincoln MKX’s V6 engine didn’t blow their socks off, but that it has enough power for most day-to-day uses. One reviewer mentions that the transmission feels smooth, but another wishes it downshifted faster when asked for more power.

  • The MKX's 3.7-liter V6 is smooth and furnishes respectable acceleration, though the transmission can sometimes be reluctant to downshift unless you nearly floor the throttle pedal." -- Edmunds
  • "MKX’s V6 delivers plenty of power. With all-wheel drive, it doesn’t pin you to your seat as you might expect from a 305-horsepower engine, but you’re never wanting for more muscle. Front-drive models feel slightly quicker overall. The transmission is silky smooth in its operation." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Handling and Braking

The 2013 Lincoln MKX comes standard with two-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive is available. Reviewers say that although it won’t be nearly as sporty as competitors like the Infiniti FX or Mercedes-Benz M-Class, it’s very smooth over bumps, giving drivers a more comfortable ride on rough roads.

  • "The chassis is competent if not thrilling, emphasizing cushy ride comfort over tied-down body control." -- Car and Driver
  • The steering effort is decently weighted, while handling -- if not as sporty as the athletes of this class -- is certainly competent, with a buttoned-down demeanor around corners. The ride quality is comfortable, though opting for the 20- and 22-inch wheels brings about some added firmness that might not fit with your expectations of a Lincoln." -- Edmunds
  • While the MKX impresses on straightaways and can hold its own on twisty roads, its suspension is tuned more for comfort than for agility." -- Left Lane News

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