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STYLING | 8 out of 10
proud face that fits well with the upwardly-mobile Lincoln brand
Fortunately, Lincoln received the “retro is so retro” memo in time for the 2011 mid-cycle freshening
Car and Driver
The new grille...doesn't overwhelm the front of the crossover like the design does on Lincoln's MKT full-size crossover
The new cabin is a fusion of Lexus quality with Cadillac modernity
Lincoln's new "winged" grille, curvaceous front fenders and new taillights, that all serve to further differentiate it from its cousin
Call it overstyled, or distinctive for once in its life--the 2013 Lincoln MKX has a front end that can't be mistaken for that of any other luxury crossover.
The controversial grille marked the last generation of Lincolns, and it's slimming down on newer vehicles like the upcoming 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedan. Somehow, on the MKZ, it works--it's in proportion to the crossover's tall glass areas and sheetmetal panels, even if it looks a bit hypertrophic when it's seen on the screen, out of context. It's not so cartoonishly out of scale, at least, like the grille on the big Lincoln MKT crossover, and everything else about the MKX is perfectly in balance, even a little sedate, from its perfectly reasonable roofline to its matter-of-fact taillamps.In last year's redo, the MKX cabin chucked what was left of the inexpensive-looking materials and shapes that remained after the transition from Ford Edge took place. Like the cockpit in the MKT, the MKX's dash gives off the overachieving air that VW and Audi have been inching away from, cabin by cabin. White lighting glows to accent the digital gauge panel and the big LCD screen in the middle of the stack—but it's all softened beautifully with gradual curves that sweep up and out from the center console.
Finally, say what you want about MyLincoln Touch, but subtracting the buttons from the center stack gave designers the space to lay out winged themes that should have been this well-executed in the Cadillac CTS lineup. That car reaches for the same visual impact and falls shy, thanks to a myriad of buttons and switches. As with every recent interior from Ford, the feel and fit of interior materials has been ratcheted up several levels, with choices of metallic trim, light or dark woods. The MKX elevates the business-class aesthetic out of simple wood and leather cliches, and marries it with real haute technology—not an easy task.
The Lincoln MKX has wings--a big grille that either draws you in, or turns you off, to its otherwise suave character.