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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
the MKX went from zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, which is ... slower than most competitors
fast enough for most situations though won't stir your soul
freeway cruising is a confident, smooth affair
Car and Driver
Though some reviewers would prefer more than one engine choice for the 2010 Lincoln MKX, most find it to be a good one.
ConsumerGuide finds that the 3.5-liter V-6 moving the 2010 Lincoln MKX provides "smooth, linear power for good around-town response." That's high praise-especially considering how much the 2010 Lincoln MKX weighs. Kelley Blue Book agrees, asserting the Lincoln MKX's "acceleration subjectively excellent from rest or almost any speed." Autoblog balances that, saying the MKX's performance "won't stir your soul." Reviewers at Cars.com praise the "six-speed automatic," and "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 2010 Lincoln MKX will return 18 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway for the front-wheel-drive version, an increase of 1 mpg each over the 2009 model, while the all-wheel-drive version scores 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway, up 1 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway.
Not all is rosy with the MKX's performance, however. Edmunds kindly calls stopping in the Lincoln MKX 2010 "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 also disappointed in the braking, saying "the pedal is mushy and needs more pressure than it should."
Despite difficulties under braking, the Lincoln MKX 2010 redeems itself with favorable handling and driving characteristics. Cars.com says that "the steering feels natural and the center of gravity is low, providing a grounded feeling." Autoblog lauds the 2010 Lincoln MKX on this point as well, finding that bumps and potholes are "soaked up very well by the Lincoln's fully independent suspension." ConsumerGuide finds the ride of the 2010 MKX to be "confident and controlled," although "body lean and noseplow are evident in brisk cornering."
The 2010 Lincoln MKX has a strong, if not brawny, powertrain and solid handling but stops short of the full package due to weak braking.