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2017 Lincoln MKX Review

The Lincoln MKX places in the top third of our luxury midsize SUV rankings, thanks to its roomy interior, pleasant ride and handling, great safety score, and low ownership costs for the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Many standard features
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Peppy V6 engines
  • Comfortable and quiet ride
  • Some mediocre cabin materials
  • Subpar fuel economy

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Lincoln MKX's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Luxury Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for Families award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money award. Currently the Lincoln MKX has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Lincoln MKX Overview

Is the 2017 Lincoln MKX a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Lincoln MKX is a good option if you’re shopping for a used luxury midsize SUV. This five-seat Lincoln has a roomy and quiet interior, a comfortable ride, and user-friendly tech features. Those attributes make it a relaxing companion for the daily commute or weekend road trips.

It’s a good value in this class as well. The MKX has lower-than-average ownership costs, and used models are typically priced lower than class competitors.

The MKX isn’t a complete home run, though. A number of rivals, like the 2017 Lexus RX 350 and 2017 BMW X5, offer richer cabins, though they’re often pricier.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 22 Lincoln MKX reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2017 Lincoln MKX?

You can expect to pay between $30,000 and $45,000 for a used 2017 MKX. These figures are based on over 400 listings for the 2017 Lincoln MKX on our site. The average price is $36,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Lincoln MKX Cost to Own?

The MKX’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $27,100 – or about $5,400 per year. That’s lower than average for the luxury midsize SUV class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New MKX?

The 2018 Lincoln MKX starts at $39,035. You can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used 2017 MKX, especially if you want a base model with few options. You won’t miss much by sticking with a used model, either. There were no changes to the MKX for 2018.

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For a less expensive new SUV, consider the 2018 Ford Edge. The Edge shares the MKX’s vehicle platform. Both SUVs provide roomy seating for five, a comfortable ride, the same infotainment system, and similar safety features. The big difference is that the Edge gets better fuel economy, thanks to its standard four-cylinder engine (up to 21/29 mpg). It also starts at a more affordable $29,315.

There are also a few new luxury SUVs that have starting prices that are lower than the used 2017 MKX’s average price. However, they’re all subcompact SUVs with less interior space. These include the 2018 Infiniti QX30 (starting at $29,950), 2018 Audi Q3 ($32,900), 2018 Mercedes GLA ($33,400), 2018 BMW X1 ($33,900), and 2019 Volvo XC40 ($33,200).

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Which Model Year of the Lincoln MKX Is Best?

The second-generation Lincoln MKX started with the 2016 model. This generation is a big improvement on the previous MKX. It has nicer cabin materials, sharper styling, and better crash safety ratings. It also offers brawnier engine performance. If you’re considering a used MKX, your best option is a 2017-or-newer model. The MKX received the SYNC 3 infotainment system in 2017, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SYNC 3 system replaced a very clumsy MyLincoln Touch system from previous models.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lincoln MKX?

The 2017 MKX has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Lincoln MKX Recalls

At the time of this writing, the 2017 MKX has one recall on certain MKX models for a faulty driver’s side airbag, which may not properly inflate. Before buying a used MKX, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Used Lincoln MKX Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 MKX is available in four trim levels: Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. The base model MKX Premier comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, USB ports, satellite radio, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and alloy wheels. That's a long standard features list, and it makes the Premiere trim a great option for shoppers.

The MKX Select gives you leather seats and a hands-free power liftgate. The MKX Reserve adds a navigation system, blind spot monitoring, ventilated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof. Notably, some of these features were optional on the Select trim. The MKX Black Label adds a 19-speaker stereo and offers unique upholstery and interior trim combinations.

Other available features include heated rear seats, massaging front seats, rain-sensing wipers, and a suite of active safety features (Driver Assistance and Technology packages).

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What Does Lincoln's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

Lincoln has one of the least robust CPO programs among luxury carmakers, according to our analysis. Better programs are available through competitors like Cadillac, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.

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How Safe Is the MKX?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Lincoln MKX a perfect five-star rating for overall, front, and side impact safety, as well as four stars for rollover crash safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the MKX a 2017 Top Safety Pick. The SUV received a top score of Good in all areas tested.

The 2017 MKX comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are available. The Driver Assistance and Technology packages (available on Reserve trims only) add forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, adaptive pivoting headlights, a 360-degree parking camera, front parking sensors, and parallel park assist.

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2017 Lincoln MKX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lincoln MKX or 2017 Lincoln MKC?

The 2017 Lincoln MKC looks and feels like a smaller MKX, for better and worse. Both of these five-seat SUVs have a soft, smooth ride. Both also impress with their hushed interiors, long list of advanced safety features, and user-friendly touch-screen infotainment systems. The MKC nets better fuel economy ratings (up to 21/28 mpg), and used models are often less expensive. That said, the MKX offers superior cargo room and rear-seat space, making it a more capable family hauler. Both are great options.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lincoln MKX or 2017 Lincoln MKT?

The Lincoln MKT isn’t such a good pick. The 3-row MKT has ungainly handling, polarizing exterior styling, low fuel economy (a best of just 16/24 mpg), and cramped rear seats. These demerits largely outweigh the Lincoln’s easy-to-use tech features and comfortable ride. No matter what you’re looking for in this class, you’ll find better options than the MKT.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lincoln MKX or 2017 Cadillac XT5?

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 has a similar appeal to the MKX. Both of these spacious five-seat SUVs offer comfortable rides, long safety features lists, and user-friendly infotainment systems that support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both also have low ownership costs for the class, though the XT5 delivers superior gas mileage. However, the MKX is a bit better overall. It gets up to speed with more verve than the XT5, its roomier cargo hold can swallow a few more pieces of luggage, and it has a slightly higher predicted reliability rating. Ultimately, the MKX is a more well-rounded choice than the XT5.

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2017 MKX Performance

How Does the 2017 Lincoln MKX Drive?

The MKX is available with two engine options: a 3.7-liter V6 with 303 horsepower and a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 with 335 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. Both engines hustle the MKX up to speed with ease and provide ample passing power on the highway. The twin-turbo V6 just has a bit more punch at low speeds, making it the more enjoyable engine of the two.

You can also count on the MKX for balanced driving dynamics. Its suspension sops up rough pavement nicely, especially if equipped with Lincoln’s Continuously Controlled Damping system (standard on all-wheel-drive models). The MKX also remains stable around tight turns. Its steering feels responsive and nicely weighted, and its brakes slow the SUV down confidently.

Does the 2017 Lincoln MKX Get Good Gas Mileage?

The MKX isn’t particularly fuel efficient. The standard 3.7-liter V6 gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway (16/23 mpg with all-wheel drive). The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 returns 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway (17/24 mpg with AWD).

2017 Lincoln MKX Towing Capacity

The MKX can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2017 MKX Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 MKX Seat?

The Lincoln MKX is a 2-row SUV with five seats. The front seats are supportive and provide excellent comfort on longer trips. The rear seats are comfy as well, and both rows offer ample head- and legroom for taller passengers. Heated front seats and leatherette upholstery are standard. Ventilated, massaging, and leather seats are available.

The MKX’s interior remains whisper-quiet at highway speeds, and its cabin is handsomely styled. Many surfaces are padded with soft-touch plastics. Poke around though, and you’ll find some materials that don’t feel quite up to luxury SUV standards.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lincoln MKX?

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats in the MKX. The middle seat can also share the lower anchors of its adjoining rear seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the MKX’s LATCH system mixed reviews for ease of use because some of the lower anchors are hard to access.

2017 Lincoln MKX Features

The MKX comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, USB ports, Bluetooth, CD player, and a 10-speaker stereo. Available features include Revel 13- and 19-speaker stereos, a navigation system, and rear-seat DVD players.

The standard SYNC 3 infotainment system is a major improvement over the MyLincoln Touch system it replaced. The menus are easy to understand, and the touch screen has crisp graphics and reacts quickly to inputs. SYNC 3 also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing you to access your phone’s apps and functions while on the go. There are additional buttons and knobs at the side and bottom of the screen, so you don’t have to rely on the touch screen for adjusting audio or climate settings.

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2017 Lincoln MKX Dimensions

Lincoln MKX Cargo Space

The MKX has 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, expanding to a roomy 68.8 cubic feet with these seats folded.

2017 MKX Length and Weight

The MKX is 15.8 feet long. Its curb weight is between 4,158 and 4,220 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Lincoln MKX Built?

Lincoln built the 2017 MKX in Ontario, Canada, along with the Ford Edge.

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