What Changed for 2008:
- Standard Sync communications system
- New Limited Edition package
- New Monochrome Limited Edition package
- New 20-inch chrome wheels
- Available DVD-based navigation system that features voice-activated capability
- Standard premium leather heated and cooled seats
- Standard reverse sensing system
- Standard driver and passenger power lumbar, memory seats, and mirrors
- Standard Sirius satellite radio and THX II-certified audio system
- New exterior colors: Vapor Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Ink Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Light Ice Blue Clearcoat Metallic
The Lincoln MKX offers car-like ride and handling characteristics because it's based on Ford's CD3 platform, which is shared with the Ford Edge and the current trio of Lincoln MKZ/Mercury Milan/Ford Fusion sedans. The MKX is the first crossover product for Lincoln, and is the beginning of a product strategy designed to bring viable products to the Lincoln showroom, the manufacturer says. The MKX adds more standard features for 2008, including the Sync system that allows voice activation of cellular phones and audio controls.
The 2008 Lincoln MXK comes in only one trim level but two different drivetrains: the MKX FWD (front-wheel drive) and the MKX AWD (all-wheel drive). The AWD model delivers more traction under any road conditions, Lincoln says. Standard features on both models include heated and cooled front seats, 4-wheel discs with anti-lock brakes (ABS), power door locks, remote keyless entry, power windows, privacy glass, heated power mirrors with memory, 18-inch aluminum wheels, air conditioning, auxiliary audio input jack, floor mats, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood accents, cruise control and redundant audio controls, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system.
There remains only one engine choice in the 2008 Lincoln MKX: a 3.5-liter, DOHC V-6 engine that produces 250 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the V-6 are 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the FWD model, and 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway for the AWD version. The engine is mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The AWD on the MKX is an intelligent system that delivers torque to all four wheels. The system proactively senses wheel slippage and in conjunction with traction control distributes torque to the wheels with the most grip, both side-to-side and front and rear to provide optimum traction, the company explains.
The 2008 Lincoln MKX features six air bags, including side curtain air bags, as well as the optional AdvanceTrac stability control system with Roll Stability Control. Both features are designed to help the vehicle stay on the driver's intended path and prevent it from rolling over during sudden maneuvers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) frontal-impact rating for the MKX is 5 stars (the highest possible rating) for the driver and 4 stars for the front-seat passenger. Both front and rear rows received a 5-star crash-test rating for side-impact protection, and the MKX received a 4-star rollover-resistance rating for both the 2WD and AWD models. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the MKX a \"Good\" rating for its offset crash test.
High-tech features on the 2008 Lincoln MKX include optional adaptive lighting, which helps improve visibility while cornering at night as the headlights swivel around curves based on steering-wheel input, the automaker explains. Heated and cooled front seats, which originated with the Lincoln brand, are standard now for 2008. The front-row center console features removable dividers so passengers can customize the storage area to accommodate laptop computers, purses, CDs, and other items. Another available feature on the MKX is Vista Roof, a large, forward sunroof with a fixed, rear moonroof that includes dual power sunshades to block out glare. Extra effort was taken to lessen the amount of noise, vibration and harshness that is transmitted into the cabin, the maker says. The MKX features extensive sound-deadening materials around the cabin and uses laminated front windshield glass and thicker side door glass to reduce interior noise.