2011 Lincoln MKX Features

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The star of the 2011 Lincoln MKX interior—and the star of its features list—is MyLincoln Touch. It allows control over everything from the nav system to the sound system and other vehicle functions like how the tailgate opens, all in one touch-and-voice interface. To choose a new destination, for instance, you can click the voice button and then say, "destination: Starbucks," and the SYNC and navigation systems will plot the route to the nearest caffeine well. Like that song on the MKX's available HD Radio? Tap the touchscreen and the song is tagged to your device, which then can be synced to Apple's iTunes, which then lets you choose to purchase and download the song, or not.

Above and beyond a dizzying array of services, the MKX also sports a media hub with two USB ports, a set of composite jacks and an SD card slot. Instead of fitting a CD changer, Ford thinks this module will let it stay ahead of in-car electronics and user needs. Unfortunately, in this case, the media hub is slotted behind the shifter and it's hard to plug in your USB cable. There's also a plastic lip that makes putting anything flat—like an SD card—in that bin a very difficult exercise in extraction.

There's so much more technology bundled in, like THX II audio, MyKey and Intelligent Access, it's difficult to picture any luxury crossover leaping ahead of the MKX's state of the art tech features. Those features alone are enough to put the MKX on the radar for anyone thinking of Touaregs, FX50s or X5s. The 2011 MKX isn't quite as advanced as these vehicle in every way, but it might just have the single feature every driver really wants, if you asked them in a weak moment: a way to play music and talk while sitting in traffic, without getting in trouble with the law.

MyLincoln Touch and a host of bundled-in technology headline a show of truly useful tech features in the 2011 Lincoln MKX.

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