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7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.9
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2015 Lincoln MKX Review

The 2015 Lincoln MKX has a roomy and well-appointed interior. A confusing infotainment system and a barely sufficient V6 engine, however, push this luxury midsize SUV toward the bottom of our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy back seat
  • Comfortable seats
  • Lots of standard features
  • Confusing infotainment system
  • Low safety score for the segment

2015 Lincoln MKX Overview

Is the 2015 Lincoln MKX a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Lincoln MKX is a good luxury midsize SUV that returns a lot of value for the money. The interior has an abundance of standard features, the cabin is roomy, and the seats are comfortable. However, the MKX has one of the lowest safety scores in the segment, and its infotainment system can be frustrating to operate.

Used 2015 Lincoln MKX Performance and Interior

The MKX’s performance is best described as middle-of-the-road. Its 305-horsepower V6 engine is sufficient, its ride is comfortable, and its handling is composed. Models equipped with 22-inch wheels, however, have a harsh ride. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is available. The base MKX gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is reasonable for the class. MKXs equipped with all-wheel drive drop to 17 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway.

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The Lincoln MKX seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, reclining rear seats, and front seats that are heated, ventilated, and power-adjustable. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, and the back seats are considered roomy enough for three adults. The 2015 MKX has complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard second-row seats. The middle seat has a tether anchor. Cargo space isn’t great, at just 32.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 68.6 cubic feet with the seats folded.

Standard features include two USB ports, the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, and Bluetooth. Navigation can be found in some models. The infotainment system can be frustrating. It is slow to respond to inputs, and its assortment of buttons and on-screen icons can be confusing to use while driving.

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Used 2015 Lincoln MKX Prices

The price of a used 2015 Lincoln MKX ranges from about $26,600 for the base front-wheel-drive trim to around $28,700 for the all-wheel-drive trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 94 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press to help you make a buying decision. We analyzed 94 professional reviews for this 2015 Lincoln MKX overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lincoln MKX?

The 2015 Lincoln MKX has a predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five. That’s considered above average for the auto industry as a whole, but typical for the luxury midsize SUV class.

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How Safe Is the MKX?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the MKX the top score of Good in the four tests it conducted: moderate overlap front crash, rollover crash, side crash, and head restraints and seats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Lincoln MKX four out of five stars overall, with three stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side impact test, and four stars in the rollover test.

Standard active safety features include hill start assist, a driver’s side auto-dimming feature, and a rear parking aid. Available features include adaptive cruise control, a blind spot information system with cross traffic alert, side mirrors with LED turn signals, and a rearview camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used MKX?

The 2015 Lincoln MKX is the final model year of the SUV’s first generation (2007 to 2015). A major refresh occurred in 2011, and the 2012 model was unchanged. An updated MyLincoln Touch interface was introduced for 2013, and the Limited Edition package was revised for 2014. Selecting an earlier model year can save significant money – and you won’t sacrifice much in the way of options and features.

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Which Used Lincoln MKX Is Right for Me?

Used MKXs come in three trims: Standard, Premium, and Elite. The Standard trim includes a power liftgate; dual-zone electronic automatic climate control; a media hub with two USB ports, RCA video input jacks, and an SD card reader; heated and cooled 10-way power first-row leather seats with power lumbar support; second-row leather seating surfaces with a 60/40 split bench; cruise control; satellite radio; remote start; two 4.2-inch LCD screens in cluster; and an 8-inch color LCD touch screen in the center stack. The Premium trim adds adaptive headlamps; ambient interior lighting; perforated-leather seating surfaces; heated second-row outboard seats; a heated steering wheel; and a power tilting-and-telescoping steering column with memory. The Elite trim offers a navigation system with voice activation; a single-CD/MP3 player; an SD card for map and point-of-interest storage; integrated SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link, a THX II audio system with 14 speakers, and HD Radio; and a panoramic sunroof. The latter can make the interior cramped for taller passengers. The MKX is so well-equipped with standard equipment that the base trim should meet most needs.

You may also want to 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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2015 Lincoln MKX and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKX or 2015 Lexus RX 350?

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 sets the benchmark for the midsize luxury SUV segment. It has a spacious interior, a smooth ride, more cargo space than the MKX, and impeccable predicted reliability. It also has outstanding cabin build quality. The RX 350 may have a weaker V6, but it’s the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKX or 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class would be much better than the MKX if not for its much higher cost. Otherwise, the M-Class has more controlled handling and an exceptionally serene ride. It also offers more cargo space and an interior bathed in high-end materials befitting a luxury vehicle.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKX or 2015 Ford Edge?

A fully loaded 2015 Ford Edge is the nonluxury version of the MKX. The Edge’s highest trim, Titanium, offers more of the standard equipment you might want (such as rearview camera, an upgraded 12-speaker sound system, HD Radio, and hands-free communication). The Edge also has better safety scores. If you find a fully loaded Edge, however, don’t expect to save much. The price difference between it and the Lincoln is marginal.

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