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Like its Ford Edge cousin, the Lincoln MKX has received updates over the years that improved its handling and fuel economy. Still, the enhancements don't create a top competitor. In its favor, the Lincoln has an absorbent ride, the engine delivers plenty of power, and the cabin is plush and neatly finished.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

Like its Ford Edge cousin, the Lincoln MKX has received updates over the years that improved its handling and fuel economy. Still, the enhancements don't create a top competitor. In its favor, the Lincoln has an absorbent ride, the engine delivers plenty of power, and the cabin is plush and neatly finished. However, handling, though sound, isn't sporty, and while the cabin is fairly quiet, most models in this class offer more silence.

Our biggest beef centers on the controls, dominated by MyLincoln Touch. Its touchscreen and touch-sensitive buttons make adjusting the climate, audio, and other functions a distracting and tedious nuisance.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.7-liter V6 (305 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Lincoln MKX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Backup camera operates sporadically”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“Back up camera died - everything was upside down. The part took a week to be delivered”

Anonymous, IA (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“The clarity of the camera was very poor. It was replaced and the clarity is now very good”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“Back up camera is not working. I think a new one is too expensive. I will get an after-market when I have time”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Updates for maps is very, very poor and very, very expensive”

Garry G., BC (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“You can make or answer calls via bluetooth, but sometimes it will transfer the call to the phone once the call is in progress”

Jeff P., IL (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)
Radio

“Poor audio, lots of static”

F M., MI (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

“Had to have a complete braking system replaced by the dealer at my cost representing about $3800 Canadian”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“Design recall item”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)
Premature brake wear

“Brakes need replacement due to wear, including rotors”

Dennis A., MD (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

“We had ongoing problems for nearly 2 years as dealers were unable to diagnose the problem. Sometimes the mechanics to,d us they were fairly sure they knew what was wrong, but they were unable to obtain authorization to install a new part unless the system failed while it was in the shop. As a result, we made numerous trips to different dealers trying to achieve a solution”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)
Interior lights

“About every 10th time I started the auto the dashboard lights did not come on or were dim”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Quit working - took two trips to find and fix problem”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“service people have told us they think they know what the problem is, but again, they are unable to affect a repair until they can get the issue to occur when the vehicle is in their possession. This is time consuming and frustrating for us”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“When shifted to park the computer doesnt recognize it is in park”

Anonymous, SD (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“engine seized up because water pump failed; only drove 500 yards after endine light came on”

Nick B., GA (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)
Head gasket

“Head gasket leak was a 4 day repair”

Anonymous, IA (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

“They needed to be replaced. Parts wear out. Replaced at 95000 miles”

Andy H., MN (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

“Loose tie rod end on drivers side...again, parts wear out, replacing at 100000 miles”

Andy H., MN (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

“water pump failed; caused engine to seize up”

Nick B., GA (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Couldn't put fuel in car, everytime the pump would cut off. Problem with evaporator they said needed replacement at the cost of $792.00. I didn't have it fixed they put the old part back on and I haven't had the problem since. I told them it need to be blown out they said replace”

Dennis A., MD (2011 Lincoln MKX None 3.7-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

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