The 2014 MKX has some impressive gear under the hood: a 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6—yes, that's the same engine as in the Mustang—and a six-speed automatic transmission, allowing 0-60 mph times in around eight seconds.
It's closely related to the Ford Edge, although it's especially quiet here, with acoustic glass and thicker sound insulation. However the MKX is no conservative, floaty Lincoln of the past. The steering is hefty and relatively quick, and overall the MKX handles as if it were a class lighter. This is a vehicle that digs into its share of country roads with gusto.
As for the transmission, there's also a sport mode, and a sport-shift button on the lever, as well as paddle shift controls for a modicum of shift-it-yourself control.
The all-wheel drive system here definitely saps some of that verve—and you'll pay the price in miles per gallon—so we'd recommend passing on it unless you often take on snow or mud.One note: In general we like the ride and handling compromise in the base 18-inch wheels; step up to the 20-inch (and especially the 22-inch) wheels and you'll notice a harsher ride.