2009 Lincoln MKX

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What Changed for 2009:
  • Carryover model
  • Standard AdvanceTrac stability control system with Roll Stability Control
The 2009 Lincoln MKX crossover utility vehicle is a carryover model from 2008. According to Lincoln, the 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.

Model Lineup
For 2009, the Lincoln MKX 4-door, 5-passenger luxury crossover utility vehicle is available in front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD). Standard features on both models include heated and cooled front seats; 10-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats; leather seats; 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS); power windows and door locks; remote keyless entry; 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; leather-wrapped shift knob; and a tire-pressure-monitoring system.

Options for the MKX include voice-activated navigation; dual-headrest entertainment system; 14-speaker premium sound system; 18-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels (included in the Ultimate package); 20-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels; remote start; adaptive headlights; rear heated seats; black roof rack side rails; and a panoramic Vista Roof. Available equipment packages include: Ultimate, Elite, Ebony Interior, Cargo Accessory, Limited Edition (with specific trim, 20-inch wheels, and upgraded leather interior), and Monochrome Limited Edition.

A single engine choice is available for the 2009 Lincoln MKX: a 3.5-liter dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) V-6 that produces 265 hp at 6250 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the MKX are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway in 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 with overdrive. 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.

Safety features on the 2009 Lincoln MKX include six air bags-including side curtain air bags-4-wheel ABS, and standard AdvanceTrac stability control system with Roll Stability Control, designed to help the vehicle stay on the driver's intended path and prevent it from rolling over during sudden maneuvers. A tire-pressure-monitoring system is also standard.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Lincoln MKX receives a 5-star (the highest possible rating) frontal-impact rating for the driver and 4 stars for the front-seat passenger. In side-impact testing, both front and rear rows received 5 stars. In the agency's rollover crash tests, the MKX received a 4-star rating (both 2WD and AWD models). Although 2009 test results are not yet available, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2008 model year MKX a \"Good\" rating (the Institute's highest) for its offset crash test.

One available high-tech feature on the 2009 Lincoln MKX is 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. Other technology features include standard heated and cooled front seats and a front-row center console with removable dividers to accommodate laptop computers, purses, CDs and other items. Another available feature on the MKX is the panoramic Vista Roof-a large, forward sunroof with a fixed, rear moonroof that includes dual power sunshades to block out glare. Ford's Sync voice-activated control for cell phones and MP3 players and 6 months of Sirius satellite radio are also standard. Voice-activated navigation, a dual-headrest entertainment system and THX-II Certified 14-speaker sound system are optional.


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  • Name FWD 4dr Transmission Automatic MSRP 37845.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Name AWD 4dr Transmission Automatic MSRP 39695.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 15/22
  • Perforated leather trimmed 10-way pwr heated/cooled front bucket seats -inc: pwr lumbar support, driver memory, easy-entry feature
  • Perforated leather trimmed 60/40 split reclining rear bench -inc: 2-way outboard head restraints, fold-forward center headrest w/armrest, (2) cupholders
  • 1st row floor console -inc: armrest, floor shifter, (2) cupholders, clamshell tray & divider
  • Front & rear carpeted floor mats w/driver-side retainer hook
  • Leather wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel -inc: genuine wood accents, speed control, audio controls
  • Instrument cluster -inc: electro-fluorescent gauges, tachometer, fuel level, coolant temp, message center
  • Delayed accessory pwr shut-off
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver/front passenger one-touch up/down, global open
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry w/(2) integrated key fobs, illuminated entry driver-side keypad
  • Speed control
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Perimeter anti-theft alarm
  • SecuriLock Encryption Passive Anti-Theft System (EPATS)
  • Dual zone electronic automatic temp control (DEATC)
  • Rear window defroster
  • (4) pwr points
  • Locking glove box
  • Genuine wood interior appliques
  • Chrome door handles
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Overhead console w/sunglass holder, front dome lamp w/maplights
  • Illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • (3) assist handles
  • Leather wrapped shift knob
  • Rear cargo lamp
  • (2) coat hooks
  • (2) cargo area utility hooks
  • Cargo net
  • 18" machined aluminum 8-spoke wheels
  • P245/60R18 all-season BSW tires
  • 17" spare tire w/steel wheel
  • Black rear spoiler
  • Chrome beltline molding
  • Black rocker molding
  • Chrome grille w/integrated Lincoln Star
  • Quad beam halogen headlamps w/Autolamp, wiper activation
  • Front fog lamps w/chrome bezel
  • Bi-color tail lamps w/full-width LED lighting panel
  • Pwr heated mirrors w/chrome caps, puddle lamps, memory, driver-side electrochromic
  • 1st row solar tinted glass
  • 2nd row rearward privacy glass
  • Speed-sensitive intermittent windshield wipers
  • 2-speed rear wiper w/washer
  • Pwr liftgate
  • Chrome door handles
  • 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 Duratec engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • 3.16 axle ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Maintenance-free 58-amp/hr battery w/battery saver
  • 150-amp alternator w/Smart Charge
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Dual exhaust system w/rolled edge chrome tips
  • 3.39 axle ratio
  • All wheel drive
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
    • Advance Trac w/roll stability control (RSC)
    • Dual stage driver & front passenger airbags w/occupant classification system
    • Driver & front passenger-side impact air bags
    • 1st & 2nd row side impact air curtains
    • Reverse Sensing System
    • SOS post crash alert system
    • Height-adjustable safety belts
    • Driver & front passenger Belt-Minder
    • Personal Safety System -inc: seat belt pretensioners, load-limiting retractors, driver seat positioning system, crash severity sensing
    • 2nd row lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Rear child safety locks
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Dual note horn
    • AM/FM stereo w/in-dash 6-disc CD changer -inc: MP3 capability, (6) speakers, Sirius satellite radio w/6 month subscription *Sirius satellite radio N/A in AK & HI*
    • SYNC voice activated communications & entertainment system -inc: Bluetooth capability, steering wheel controls, USB port, audio input jack, 911 assist, vehicle health reports

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