The 2012 Lincoln MKX earns a below average Total Car Score for the Luxury SUVs & Crossovers segment.
Critics were unanimous in their view that last year’s freshening of the MKX brought improvements that make it a more worthy competitor to the best crossovers Europe and Japan have to offer. The materials used in its cabin are more upscale, its ride quality is smoother, and its 305-horsepower V6 engine is more than adequate to move the chunky MKX in a brisk fashion.
Most of the criticism aimed at the MKX was centered on the new MyLincoln Touch technology package. Designed to replace traditional buttons, knobs and gauges with three different touch screens on the instrument panel to access vehicle and infotainment systems, MyLincoln Touch proved to be tedious and distracting for some reviewers. Only the critics at the Car Connection liked it, calling it “revolutionary” and the “star of the MKX cabin.” We’d recommend thoroughly test-driving the system before plunking down your dollars. It could be that the iPhone generation adapts to this technology more quickly than those who are older.
The 2012 Lincoln MKX is unchanged for the new model year.
The 2012 Lincoln MKX is a four-door, five-passenger crossover vehicle offered in front- and all-wheel-drive models.
Standard equipment available on both models includes 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, heated and cooled front seats with leather-trimmed upholstery, keyless entry and pushbutton start, dual-zone automatic climate controls, an AM/FM/CD/satellite sound system and the SYNC infotainment system with MyLincoln Touch.
Among the option packages available for the MKX is the Premium Package (polished wheels, HID headlamps and premium leather upholstery) and the Elite Package (voice-activated navigation, HD radio and a vista roof).
The MKX is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission routes power to the front or all four wheels, depending on the model.
The EPA rates the 2012 MKX at 19 mpg city, 26 highway and 22 combined in FWD trim, 17/23/19 with the AWD powertrain.
Properly equipped, the 2012 Lincoln MKX can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
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