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2018 Lincoln MKX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Lincoln MKX was new.


Interior: 8.3

The 2018 Lincoln MKX has a high-end interior. Lower trims have soft, premium-feeling leatherette, while more expensive models have plush leather alongside genuine wood and metal trim pieces. This SUV is based upon a cheaper, mainstream Ford model, and some interior fittings seem more appropriate for a mass-market vehicle than a luxury one. But overall, the MKX’s interior style impresses.

The seats in both rows are comfortable and have plenty of legroom, but the MKX’s sloping roofline makes for more limited headroom. The MKX's tech features are user friendly, and there's an average amount of cargo space.

  • 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 (2017)
  • "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 interior of my car was gorgeous." -- The Detroit Free Press (2016)


The MKX has seats for 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. 

This SUV's seats have generous padding and ample support to keep you comfortable on long journeys. Both rows offer enough legroom to accommodate tall adults, though headroom is a bit more cramped. The cabin is very quiet, and it's easy to get into and out of.

The outboard second-row seats each have a full set of LATCH connectors, while the middle rear seat has only an upper tether anchor.

  • The MKX is pretty easy to get in and see out of, and front and rear legroom is spacious. But headroom is only average, and the driving position could be better." -- Edmunds
  • "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)
  • "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)

Interior Features

The 2018 MKX comes equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

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, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, front parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.

The MKX's cabin controls are within easy reach of the driver's seat. On the standard touch screen, you can use gestures like those you use with a smartphone – like pinching and swiping – to operate the straightforward SYNC 3 infotainment system. The touch screen doesn't react to inputs as quickly as some rivals' displays, however. The MKX has a push-button shifter instead of a traditional lever, which makes the front passenger area feel more open. Both optional Revel audio systems offer superb sound quality.

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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 (2017)
  • "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)
  • "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)


There's 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the MKX's rear seats and 68.8 cubic feet with the rear row folded. Those are typical cargo figures for a luxury midsize SUV. The cabin contains plenty of small-item storages spaces to stow your personal items. A power liftgate comes standard, and a hands-free power liftgate is optional.

  • "Cargo capacity is better than most. The interior has numerous cubbies and storage options, including a deep center console. A cubby with a USB port has a cover to secure items when parked." -- Edmunds
  • "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)
  • "… 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)

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