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Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor
January 15, 2010

The 2010 Lincoln MKX lives up to its luxury aspirations, offering a classy take on American style.

TheCarConnection.com has driven the 2010 Lincoln MKX and reported its firsthand experiences and market comparisons here in the Bottom Line. TheCarConnection.com also researched reviews from around the Web on the 2010 Lincoln MKX to compare it with other vehicles in its class.

The Lincoln MKX has proven to be a success for Ford's luxury brand. Most of the core features of the previous model are carried over on the 2010 Lincoln MKX, though a few new features and a small rise in fuel economy add value to the vehicle.

Built around the same mechanical elements as the Ford Edge, the 2010 MKX also shares the same standard powertrain: a 3.5-liter, 263-horsepower V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is the standard configuration, though all-wheel drive is available. Acceleration is swift but not sporty, with average 0-60 mph times in the mid-eight-second range.

Behind the wheel, the 2010 Lincoln MKX offers good steering feel, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's a performance vehicle. Reviews raise concerns about the MKX's lack of brake feel and relatively long stopping distance.

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Inside, front passengers will find exceptionally comfortable seats in the 2010 Lincoln MKX, while the driver gets good forward visibility, and the rear seats offer comfortable seating as well. Smooth ride quality and a whisper-quiet cabin fit right in with the MKX's luxury SUV class. There's no third-row seating option, unlike many SUVs in the class, and interior materials for the dash and door trims can feel a little skimpy for those with high standards.

The MKX's generous base features include Sirius Satellite Radio with Sirius Travel Link; a reverse-sensing system; and heated and cooled front seats with memory positions and lumbar adjustments. A standard power liftgate, universal garage-door opener, and cargo hooks were added in 2009, while 2010 sees integrated blind spot mirrors as standard. Ford's SYNC system, which uses Bluetooth connectivity and a touch screen to control communications and entertainment, is also standard.

A full-length Vista sunroof, adaptive steering-sensitive projector-beam headlights, 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. New additions for 2010 include a Limited Edition Package that fits the MKX with premium leather seats, cashmere trim, and charcoal black piping. A new Midnight Limited Edition package adds Tuxedo Black Metallic paint with a body-color grille, etched headlight lenses featuring the Lincoln Star, and 22-inch polished alloy wheels.

Standard safety features on the 2010 Lincoln MKX include traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, and side and curtain airbags. The MKX also achieves impressive crash-test ratings, earning a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.

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