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Crossover vehicles don't always do well in the EPA's gas mileage rankings, but the 2013 Lincoln MKX posts above-average numbers--at least, in front-drive form.
The EPA's official numbers for the latest model year put the front-drive 2013 MKX at 19/26 mpg. To get those strong numbers from a tall, heavy vehicle with a large-displacement V-6, Ford unleashes some engineering tricks on the powertrain. The engine's fuel injectors shut off completely during deceleration, trimming fuel consumption; the variable valve-timing system also tailors its fuel delivery to the amount of power requested.
Ford claims this delivers a significantly higher mileage rating than some of the MKX's competitors. However, the edge vanishes when all-wheel drive is specified. The EPA rates this version at 17/23 mpg--something worth noting if you don't regularly encounter winter weather.
Front-drive MKX crossovers get very good gas mileage for the class.