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TheCarConnection.com has driven the 2009 Lincoln MKX and reports with firsthand driving experience and market insight here in this Bottom Line. TheCarConnection.com also researched reviews on the new 2009 Lincoln MKX to compare it with other vehicles in its class.
The MKX has proven a popular model for Ford's luxury Lincoln brand. On the 2009 Lincoln MKX, the essentials are largely carried over, but some new features are tacked on for good measure.
The standard running gear for the MKX—like that of its sister vehicle, the Ford Edge—includes a 3.5-liter, 263-horsepower V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. Zero-to-60-mph acceleration runs generate numbers in the mid-eight-second range, which isn't bad, but it won't make you feel like heading to the drag strip.
On the road, the performance of the 2009 Lincoln MKX is highlighted by good steering. Reviews have raised concerns about the braking system on the MKX, citing its braking feel and its relatively long stopping distances.
Inside, the 2009 Lincoln MKX has exceptionally comfortable front seats, good forward visibility, and comfortable second-row seating. Ride quality is quite smooth, and the cabin is just as quiet as that of most other luxury SUVs. Unlike many vehicles in its class, there’s no third-row seating option, and interior materials for the dash and door trims may feel a little skimpy for those with high expectations.
The MKX's standard features include Sirius Satellite Radio with Sirius Travel Link; heated and cooled front seats with memory positions and lumbar adjustments; and a reverse-sensing system. New for 2009 are a standard power liftgate, universal garage-door opener, and cargo hooks. Ford's SYNC system, which uses Bluetooth connectivity and a touch screen to control communications and entertainment, is also standard. For 2009, SYNC has two new features: Vehicle Health Report and 911 Assist.
A full-length Vista sunroof, adaptive projector-beam headlights that pivot as the MKX turns, heated rear seats, a 14-speaker 600-watt THX audio system with surround sound, and a DVD-based GPS navigation system are among the many optional features.
Safety features on the 2009 Lincoln MKX include anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and side and curtain airbags. The MKX also achieves impressive crash-test ratings.