2013 Lincoln MKX Preview

Jeff Youngs | Apr 23, 2013
  • MyLincolnTouch system gets extensive revision for 2013
  • 5-seat luxury SUV features maximum 69 cu. ft. of storage
  • Leather upholstery is standard
  • Several option packages add safety, styling features
  • Front-wheel and all-wheel-drive (FWD and AWD) versions are available


The MKX is Lincoln's midsize SUV, a more upscale version of the Ford Edge with which it shares its vehicle architecture. It's a unibody vehicle built on Ford's CD3 platform. The MKX underwent an extensive redesign for the 2011 model year, and it has been almost unchanged since then, except for a revamped MyLincolnTouch interface that has been enhanced for the 2013 model year. The upgrades to the system will be available free of charge to current users of the older system. The Lincoln MKX is available in a single trim level, with several option packages and individual accessories. It competes with luxury crossover SUVs such as the Lexus RX 350 and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

Exterior Features

The 2013 Lincoln MKX is available in eight exterior colors, some of which carry a premium price. Standard exterior equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, power liftgate, fog lights, dual exhaust with distinctive chrome tips, chrome door handles and accents, keyless entry and ignition, and rear park-assist sensors. With the proper equipment, the MKX's towing capacity is 3,500 pounds.

Interior Features

Standard interior features include leather upholstery throughout, heated and cooled perforated front bucket seats, cruise control, intermittent speed-sensitive front wipers, rear window defroster with washer and dual speed wiper, remote ignition, power body-color exterior mirrors, solar-tinted front side and windshield glass, dual-zone automatic climate control, intelligent access with push-button start, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The front center floor console features an armrest, tray, divider, deep storage bin, and two cupholders. The Sync interface with MyLincolnTouch is voice-activated. Other features include a 10-speaker sound system, reversible rear cargo mat, carpeted front and rear floor mats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and multiple electrical outlets and USB ports. The Lincoln MKX offers 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats; with those seats folded, total cargo space is 69 cubic feet.

Optional Features

Optional equipment group 101A includes illuminated front door scuff plates, polished aluminum wheels, adaptive HID headlights, LED turn signal indicators, ambient lighting, blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert, premium leather-trimmed seats with special stripe and piping, heated rear outboard seats, rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, and a heated steering wheel with power tilt/telescoping. Equipment group 102A includes those features, upgrades the sound system, and adds a panoramic sunroof with dual power shades. The Limited Edition package offers special badging and styling details. The Wood package adds premium woodgrain trim to the instrument panels, side panels, and steering wheel. Exterior options include a trailer tow package, roof rack side rails, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, chrome-clad or polished 20-inch aluminum wheels, or 22-inch polished aluminum wheels. Interior options include all-weather floor mats, adaptive cruise control, and dual-DVD headrests. Available accessories include a car cover, wheel locks, splash guards, roof crossbars, side window deflectors, one- or two-bike hitches, a choice of cargo boxes and kayak carriers, ski/snowboard carrier, sport pedals, and a variety of interior cargo carriers and organizers.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Lincoln MKX is powered by a 3.7-liter, 305-horsepower V-6 engine that produces 280 lb.-ft. of torque. It works with a 6-speed automatic transmission (with manual shifters) and FWD or AWD.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Lincoln MKX are 19/26/22 mpg (city/highway/combined).


All Lincoln MKXs feature front and rear side air bags, side curtain air bags, anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, and traction control. The MyKey system allows the owner to limit the top speed and sound volume for guest drivers. Various other safety features are available as options, mainly packaged with the adaptive cruise control.

In government crash tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2013 Lincoln MKX 4 stars (out of 5) for overall safety: 3 stars for frontal protection, 4 stars for rollover protection, and 5 stars for side protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2013 Lincoln MKX a "Good" rating (its highest) for frontal offset and side-impact protection, and an "Acceptable" rating for roof strength.


The updated MyLincoln Touch system (similar to the MyFord Touch) unites all communication, navigation, entertainment, and climate controls under one system that can be operated by touch screen, voice commands, or steering wheel controls. The company claims that the updated system is simpler and more user-friendly than the previous version.
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