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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
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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
The 2014 Lincoln MKX grabs your attention with a brash front-end design, then settles in for smooth, relatively restrained styling in most other respects.The controversial grille marked the last generation of Lincolns, and it's since been slimmed down a bit for more recent models like the MKZ. Everything else about the MKX is perfectly in balance, even a little sedate, from its perfectly reasonable roofline to its matter-of-fact taillamps.
Even several years later, it remains a handsome crossover with a grille that's maybe a little too emphatic, and a well-tailored cabin countering that with a conservative look and feel. We especially like how the cockpit's done, with a neatly integrated LCD touch screen and high-grade wood, leather, and metallic trim. For 2014, new polished aluminum 20- and 22-inch wheels also help freshen the look.
When the MKX was last redesigned, for 2011, the even more noteworthy news was a world-class interior that put MyLincoln Touch at the center of it all and ramped up the ambiance to that of a true First Class cabin. 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. 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 Lincoln MKX is suave and smooth, although its big winged grille is a potentially polarizing detail.