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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
Fast enough for most situations though won't stir your soul
Freeway cruising is a confident, smooth affair
Car and Driver
Stopping in the 2008 Lincoln MKX can be an adventure
For 2008, the Lincoln MKX features a pretty limited performance list, as it comes with one available engine, a 265-horsepower V-6, and only as an automatic. In fact, the single performance change that buyers can make is choosing between all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive.
The 3.5-liter V-6 that motivates the 2008 Lincoln MKX provides pretty good performance, especially for a crossover of the Lincoln MKX 2008's heft. ConsumerGuide finds that the engine provides "smooth, linear power for good around-town response." Kelley Blue Book agrees, claiming that they find the Lincoln MKX's "acceleration subjectively excellent from rest or almost any speed"; Autoblog generally concurs, though it notes that the MKX's performance "won't stir your soul."
Reviewers at Cars.com love the "six-speed automatic" that is linked to the engine, and they "have no complaints about the character of the acceleration or how quickly the transmission...responds to the demands of a fidgety right foot." The EPA estimates that the 2008 Lincoln MKX will return 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel-drive version, and Edmunds notes that "all-wheel drive reduces mileage by only 1 highway mpg."
Engine power is important on a car, especially during short merges, but even more important is how well a vehicle can harness the power under the hood. In this regard, the 2008 Lincoln MKX leaves a lot to be desired. Edmunds refers (generously) to stopping in the Lincoln MKX 2008 as "an adventure," finding that the "MKX took 146 feet to stop from 60 mph," a distance that is "much longer than virtually every other luxury crossover." Cars.com is likewise disappointed in the braking and says that "the pedal is mushy and needs more pressure than it should."
Despite the braking problems, the Lincoln MKX 2008 redeems itself in terms of handling and driving characteristics. Cars.com appreciates that "the steering feels natural and the center of gravity is low, providing a grounded feeling." Autoblog also loves the 2008 Lincoln MKX here, finding that road imperfections are "soaked up very well by the Lincoln's fully independent suspension." ConsumerGuide credits the comfortable suspension with keeping the MKX feeling "confident and controlled," although "body lean and noseplow are evident in brisk cornering."
The 2008 Lincoln MKX features a strong engine and a very comfortable ride, but sharp turns and quick stops are definitely lacking.