2007 Ford Edge by Bengt Halvorson
Ford builds a bridge between the Country Squire and Mustang.
You need utility, but a new upscale SUV seems stale, done, “so 1996.” So you’re probably shopping for a ritzy crossover vehicle then, something like a Lexus RX or a Nissan Murano — something front- or all-wheel-driven, something with nice luxury touches, something not too expensive.
The mid-size MKX is
The MKX is a much more appealing vehicle than the gussied-up Explorer/Aviator ever was. It offers five-passenger seating, a standard 265-horsepower V-6 (among the most powerful in this price and class; it also runs on regular 87 octane unleaded), a six-speed automatic transmission and a dramatic, panorama-style Vista Roof. It comes in either front- or all-wheel drive, just like its target competitors from Lexus and Nissan.
2007 Lincoln MKX
A sharper Edge cousin
The MKX does all these things
about as well, or even better, than the Lexus RX350 and other competitors like
the Acura MDX. And it starts with its powertrain. The MKX’s standard 3.5-liter
V-6 engine only gives away five horsepower to the RX350’s 3.5-liter V-6 (265 vs.
270), and pulls strongly with a sweet engine note. Too, the
In terms of handling, the MKX shares a lot with the Edge. Steering is crisp and assisted just with the right amount of power. Handling is set up just on this side of soft, with more comfort than Mazda’s smaller CX-7 and similar to that of the Honda Pilot.
Wooing with bling
2007 Lincoln MKX
The MKX offers some unique features to woo buyers up from the Edge and the Pilot and into a pricier alternative. It has adaptive front headlights that turn with you as the vehicle turns, that huge panorama-style Vista Roof, heated and cooled front seats, available rear seat heaters, and an available 14-speaker 600 watt THX surround sound audio system with auxiliary iPod jack and MP3 capability.
able to try out the optional adaptive lighting system in some tunnels on the
Another set of useful MKX features are the folding and pivoting second-row seats, which also recline up to 15 degrees. The fold/pivot function can be triggered automatically from a remote EasyFold switch in the cargo area. With the second row folded away, the MKX has 68.7 cubic feet of space — enough to take a nap back there, if you wanted to do that. With the second row in place, cargo capacity is still 32.6 cubic feet, sufficient room for a 75-pound black Lab and some bags of stuff.
There’s also a door-mounted keypad entry system — something you won’t
find on competitor models and a great thing to have if you’re like me and have a
habit of locking yourself out of the car.
Hail MKX, full of grace
2007 Lincoln MKXEnlarge Photo
Like the MKZ sedan, the MKX’s interior has an
interesting dual-binnacle layout inspired by the
2007 Lincoln MKX
Visibility all around is excellent
and the seats did me no injury during a 5-6 hour drive from somewhere in the
Thankfully, the cockpit leaves behind the eye-watering, overly complex controls of some true luxury brands. There aren’t any digital readouts or mouse inputs to hassle with; if you want to adjust the climate control’s temperature settings or change a CD, just tap the appropriate (and readily identifiable) button or switch. Even the GPS is of the nifty touch-screen variety.
There is still plenty of
“technology” where it matters, including standard AdvanceTrac traction control
and Roll Stability Control system with side curtain airbags for both rows of
A big deal
A few details keep the MKX from complete assuredness. It lacks a third-row seat. There’s no sport-shift function for the six-speed automatic, which isn’t as playful as the transmissions found in some competitors. But most of all is the shaky prestige of the
But before you do, consider that
the MKX is considerably less pricey than its major rivals. The standard
front-drive model MKX starts at $34,120, with the AWD version going for $35,770.
A front-drive Lexus RX350 doesn’t go for much less than $37,400. In a way,
Maybe it’s time to get into an MKX while it’s still a deal?
Base price: $34,120; price as tested, $39,660
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Engine: 3.5-liter V-6, 265 hp/249 lb-ft
Transmission: Six-speed automatic, front- or all-wheel drive
Length x width x height: 186.5 x 75.8 x 67.5 in
Wheelbase: 111.2 in
Curb weight: 4420 lb
Fuel economy (EPA city/hwy): N/A
Safety equipment: Dual front, side and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction, and stability control
Leather seats and wood trim; reclining rear seats; dual-zone climate control;
six-speaker AM/FM stereo with CD player
Warranty: Four years/50,000 miles
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