Monday, April 5, 2010

Refreshing or Revolting: 2011 Lincoln MKX

2011 MKX Front View

With the compact and midsized premium crossover segments completely saturated, we think Lincoln's decision to boldly restyle of the MKX was a good one.

We're not necessarily saying we like the new design, but it's certainly eye-catching. It starts, predictably, with Lincoln's two-part grille. Most of the automaker's lineup sports confusing and identical-sounding "MK" names -- well, now the front styling will appear similar too.

2010 MKX Front View

2010 MKX Interior

2011 MKX Interior

Overall, the 2011 MKX has more presence than the 2010 Lincoln, which had a larger grille stretched from one headlight to the other. Headlights on the 2011 model are pulled back, as on the MKZ, MKT, and MKS. A character line starts at the headlight, echoing the line of the wheel well bulge, making the MKX appear bigger.

If you've seen the 2010 MKX at night, you know how attractive the long and horizontal taillights appear. That design is replaced on the 2011 model with smaller, chrome-lined units. There are two red reflector bars on the rear bumper to add a bit of visual interest while the rear windshield wiper is out in the open unlike the hidden units on the Lexus RX 350.

The segment-leading Lexus doesn't have much over the Lincoln in the interior department. The 2011 MKX interior is a big improvement over the outgoing car, and perhaps is one reason the 2010 MKX has $4000 on its hood this month. The navigation screen on the center dash is much larger than before, and the rest of the audio and climate controls look less Ford parts bin than before.

The wood trim on the 2011 MKX's steering wheel is less conspicuous than on the 2010 model, and the buttons have moved higher, making them more usable. The instrument cluster is also completely new and, it appears, borrowing a page from the Ford Fusion Hybrid's display.

Overall, we'd have to say the 2011 MKX is a step above the 2010 Lincoln.

Source: Motortrend