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2017 Lincoln MKX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Lincoln MKX was new.


Interior: 8.3

Material quality inside the 2017 Lincoln MKX is excellent, including its standard soft faux-leather upholstery and available trims like aluminum and real wood. It's also good-looking and exceptionally quiet inside. Still, some critics note that on some areas of the dashboard, materials could be of better quality. The front seats are comfortable – especially those with the massaging option. The back seats are also comfortable. Cabin controls and the infotainment system are easy to operate, and the available Revel stereo delivers excellent sound quality. The MKX's cargo capacity is typical for the class, and a hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • The quality of the materials is generally high throughout the cabin, with supple imitation leather and a choice of aluminum or genuine wood trim in glossy or more textured open-pore finishes. That said, there are a couple of places where less than luxurious materials remain, primarily around the dashboard's center stack and the transmission's shift buttons." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior of my car was gorgeous." -- The Detroit Free Press (2016)
  • "The interior is a fantastic place to spend time -- comfortable, beautifully built, good looking, and the materials look and feel great. Having push-button shift rather than a gear lever frees up center-console space, or at least gives that impression. Is it the best interior among U.S. automakers? We can't immediately think of a better one." -- Autoweek (2016)


The 2017 Lincoln MKX seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and heated front seats. Leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and 22-way power-adjustable multicontour massaging front seats are available. 

The MKX's standard front seats are comfortable, but the available multicontour seats are exceptionally pleasant, allowing you to customize the seat to perfectly fit your frame. The back seats are also comfortable. The MKX is remarkably quiet – even on the highway – thanks in part to its Active Noise Control system.

The MKX has a complete set of LATCH car-seat connectors in the second-row outboard seats. The second-row middle seat has one upper tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the MKX's LATCH system its second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. When installing car seats, you might find it difficult to distinguish the MKX's other seating hardware from its upper LATCH tethers. Also, some lower anchors are buried deep within the seats.

  • "Inside its cabin, the 2017 Lincoln MKX offers roomy accommodations for five. The standard front seats are comfortable enough, while the optional 22-way power-adjustable versions will allow you to precisely tailor the fit to your unique size and shape. Reclining seatbacks contribute to the high comfort quotient of the rear seats." -- Edmunds
  • "This baby cruises down the road with the best out there in terms of quietness and smoothness. The X really shines on the freeway, where there's little to no tire and/or wind noise -- at 70, 75, 80 mph. The thing is whisper quiet, quieter then (sic) most other SUVs we can think of. Sound-deadening efforts such as active-noise control and laminated glass really paid off. It's calming." -- Autoweek (2016)
  • "We sink into the seats, which are cushy yet supportive. The headrest is like a pillow, and the plush floormats feel made for bare feet." -- Autoblog (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 MKX include push-button transmission controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, two USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth, active noise control, rear parking sensors, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a 13- or 19-speaker Revel audio system, HD Radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, active park assist, lane keep assist, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, front parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring and MyLincoln Mobile, which allows you to locate, unlock, and start the vehicle using a smartphone.

Audio and climate controls are simple to operate in the MKX. The SYNC 3 system offers straightforward menus and can be controlled via smartphone gestures like pinching and swiping. Still, the system may not be as fast as those in some competitors. The displays on each side of the speedometer are customizable, and the push-button gear shifter gives the console an orderly appearance. Stereo sound quality is excellent with either of the upgraded Revel systems.

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  • "Displays and controls are well-placed and easy to use, and the driver-configurable displays flanking the speedometer are worthy of special mention. The Sync 3 system's touchscreen interface is also notable for its user-friendly operation, including the way it incorporates familiar smartphone-like gestures including swipe and pinch-to-zoom." -- Edmunds
  • "Back to the stereo for a sec: The sound is crisp and clear. Lincoln called it 'the best audio system in the business.' Having not tried each and every one back to back, we don't know if we'd go that far, but it does sound killer, as the kids say." -- Autoweek (2016)
  • "Rather than a traditional shift lever, Lincoln has decided to outfit the MKX with a bank of buttons for selecting the driving mode and direction. This move frees up a bit of elbow room in the cabin and gives the console a cleaner look." -- CNET (2016)


Behind the back seats, the 2017 Lincoln MKX has 37.2 cubic feet of cargo room. That space expands to 68.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is on par with the class. That’s plenty of space to store large sporting equipment like bikes or skis.

The MKX comes with a power liftgate and is available with a hands-free liftgate, which opens the hatch when you wave your foot beneath the rear bumper.

  • "… this critic tossed his 2-year-old Jamis Coda Elite bicycle in the back, second row folded, to drive to a Monday evening Slow Roll Detroit, without having to remove the front wheel. That's the advantage of the mid-size MKX over the compact MKC: It will accommodate more equipment for sport of the non-automotive variety." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • "The MKX is more than three inches longer than its predecessor, and it provides about five more cubic feet of cargo space. The crossover swallows all of the gear for our summer adventure, and we set out under sunny skies for some quality time with a few bros." -- Autoblog (2016)

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