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2014 Lincoln MKX Review

The 2014 Lincoln MKX has a comfortable ride, a long list of interior features, and an above-average reliability rating. Drivers, however, may find its infotainment system complicated to use. 

Pros & Cons

  • Numerous standard features
  • Cushioned ride
  • Above-average reliability rating
  • Cumbersome infotainment system
  • Subpar crash test results for its class





Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.9
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2014 Lincoln MKX Overview

Is the 2014 Lincoln MKX a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 MKX is a good option among luxury midsize SUVs. It combines the comfortable, feature-filled cabin you expect from this class with a cushioned, composed ride. There are really only two things wrong with the MKX. Its crash test scores are a bit below average for the class, and the touch-screen infotainment system can be frustrating to use.

A 3.7-liter V6 engine powers the Lincoln MKX. This 305-horsepower engine doesn't make the vehicle especially quick, but it provides satisfactory power for daily driving. A six-speed automatic transmission with smooth shifts is standard, though it can hesitate to downshift when more power is needed. The MKX gets 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is typical for a V6-powered luxury midsize SUV. Around corners, the MKX stays composed, but it's certainly not sporty. The ride is tuned for comfort, and it smooths out rough patches of road. The available 20- or 22-inch wheels make the ride stiff. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available.

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Top-notch materials line the Lincoln MKX's cabin, including real wood trim pieces in some models. The build quality is excellent. All five of the MKX's seats are roomy and will keep you comfortable on long drives. The front seats are mounted high so there's good visibility. Tall passengers may find headroom a bit snug in models with a moonroof. Each rear outboard seat has a full set of LATCH connectors to securely install a child safety seat.

There's a long list of standard features in the base MKX, including remote start, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, dual USB ports, and an 8-inch MyLincoln touch-screen infotainment system. The infotainment system can be slow to respond to touch inputs, and the menu structure is complicated. The dash has a sleek appearance with no physical controls, but that means common tasks like adjusting the volume or fan speed have to be completed with the touch screen.

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Used 2014 Lincoln MKX Prices

The price of a used 2014 Lincoln MKX ranges from about $24,400 for the base trim with front-wheel drive to about $26,500 for the all-wheel-drive trim. The price varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Lincoln MKX?

The 2014 Lincoln MKX has a reliability rating of four out of five, which is an above-average score. The MKX's high reliability score means you can expect fewer trips to the dealer for repairs.

How Safe Is the MKX?

Compared to other crash-tested luxury midsize SUVs, the MKX earns a below-average safety score. It earned a Good rating (the highest possible) in the four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests it was put through. The MKX did not undergo the IIHS' small overlap front test. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, on the other hand, the MKX only earned a top five-star rating in one category. It earned four stars in two tests and only three stars in the front crash test.

No active safety features come standard in the Lincoln MKX, but a few are available. You can get blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a rearview camera. Some rivals have more-advanced safety systems like forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used MKX?

The 2014 MKX is part of this SUV's first generation, which ran from the 2007 through 2015 model years. There are few differences between the 2011 and 2015 models. The 2013, 2014, and 2015 models give you the best balance of price, features, and (likely) mileage. Pick the model from these three years that best suits your needs and price range.

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Which Used Lincoln MKX Is Right for Me?

There's only one MKX trim available, and it comes well-equipped. For more features, you’ll need to look for models with available packages. The Premium package is worth considering. It adds a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, upgraded leather upholstery, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing wipers. The Elite Equipment Group comes with navigation, a moonroof, and a surround-sound system.

You might consider a certified pre-owned MKX. 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.

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We Did the Research for You: 90 Pieces of Data Analyzed

To write this 2014 Lincoln MKX review, we analyzed 90 different pieces of data, including reliability ratings, safety scores, total cost of ownership figures, and other professional reviews. To help you decide if the MKX is the right used car for you, we've gathered everything you need to know about it right here.

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2014 Lincoln MKX and Other SUVS to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Lincoln MKX or 2014 Ford Edge?

The Ford Edge is essentially the MKX with a Ford badge. They are built on the same platform and have similar powertrains and features. Since prices for the Edge are much lower than they are for the MKX, you can probably find an upper-trim Edge with all the bells and whistles for less than a base model MKX. Even though Ford isn't a luxury brand, the Edge is fitted with loads of high-end materials. If you can live without the Lincoln logo on the hood, the Edge is a better buy for its lower cost.

Which Is Better: 2014 Lincoln MKX or 2014 Lincoln MKT?

Even though the Lincoln MKT is in the same luxury midsize SUV class as the MKX, it's a bit larger and a bit more expensive. The MKT has three rows of seats and can accommodate up to seven people. It has more standard features and more available safety features too. The MKT and MKX both have a comfortable ride and a 305-horsepower V6 engine. An optional turbocharged engine gives the MKT more punch. The MKX gets higher reliability scores, but the MKT has better safety ratings. The MKT is a better buy, but the MKX is a decent alternative if you don’t need three rows.

Which Is Better: 2014 Lincoln MKX or 2014 Cadillac SRX?

Unless you're looking for an SUV that's more fun to drive, stick with the MKX over the Cadillac SRX. The MKX has more cabin space, cargo room, and features than the SRX. It earns higher fuel economy and reliability scores too. The SRX's fairly nimble handling is the only thing that bests the MKX.

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