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2017 Lincoln MKX Performance Review

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

Scorecard

Performance: 8.1

The MKX's base V6 engine offers decent power, and its available twin-turbocharged V6 delivers incredibly potent acceleration. Fuel economy is average. The MKX has a supple ride, and its sharp steering and available adjustable suspension keep it composed around corners.

  • "The MKX is a capable and comfortable highway cruiser." -- The Detroit Free Press
  • True to its target, this MKX is not a sporty performer. That's a shame, given how well the MKC sheds perception of the brand's dowdiness." -- New York Daily News
  • "Meanwhile, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost six delivered a nice mix of throttle response, refinement and power." -- Autoweek

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 Lincoln MKX has a 3.7-liter V6 that puts out 303 horsepower. A 335-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 is available in every trim level. Each engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The base engine has more than enough power. However, the available twin-turbocharged engine provides quicker acceleration for highway merging and passing slower cars, and it produces power seamlessly. The transmission provides timely and smooth shifts.

According to the EPA, the MKX gets up to 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with the base engine. That's about average for a midsize SUV with a V6 engine. With the turbocharged engine, the MKX earns 1 additional mpg in the city.

  • In terms of performance, the standard 3.7-liter V6 produces competent acceleration, if slightly underwhelming because the MKX is lumbered with a transmission that offers only six ratios. Though that engine should suffice for many buyers, there's no denying the available turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 provides a much more satisfying driving experience while consuming slightly less fuel in the process." -- Edmunds
  • "When the MKX is so tasked, the acceleration can be quite good. The EcoBoost V-6 has a meaty torque curve that makes passing satisfying." -- CNET (2016)
  • "The six-speed automatic transmission shifts appropriately. It works well with the engine to create a silky driving experience. We hardly notice the gearbox unless we're actively thinking about it." -- Autoblog (2016)

Handling and Braking

Overall, the MKX offers a smooth, comfortable ride and responsive steering. The MKX is available with Lincoln Drive Control, which includes continuously controlled damping, a suspension system that continuously adjusts the suspension to optimize comfort with changing road conditions. With this system, you can put the MKX in normal, sport, or comfort driving modes. Each mode adjusts the suspension and throttle response, and the difference between modes is noticeable. When driving on harsh city roads, comfort mode is best, and sport mode keeps the SUV composed on twisty roads. No matter which mode you're driving in, the MKX exhibits little body lean while cornering.

The 2017 MKX comes with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "On the road, the standard suspension underpinning the 2017 Lincoln MKX delivers a smooth ride that's well matched to the vehicle's luxury aspirations. If you plan on spending a lot of time traveling the winding back roads of America, however, you'll likely appreciate the firmer settings offered by the optional adaptive suspension (available on all-wheel-drive models only)." -- Edmunds
  • "With everything in Sport mode, we sped up a freeway off-ramp in Metro Detroit and found body roll to be controlled and minimal for a CUV this size, and the big tires paid off with their admirable grip, holding securely as the mild understeer overcame the chassis mid-ramp." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • The drive modes -- normal, sport and comfort -- do indeed make a difference, performing as they're labeled, adjusting suspension and steering effort. We found the softer comfort mode best around Detroit's pockmarked streets, while normal or sport worked best on the freeway. In all modes, body roll is decently minimal, steering fairly communicative." -- Autoweek (2016)

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