A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Lincoln MKX

As far as midsize SUVs go, the 2012 Lincoln MKX is one of your best options out there. Considering its price, Lincoln packed this vehicle with a ton of power and luxury. Although it bears a strong resemblance to the Ford Edge (which it was based on), a closer look will show you why this SUV lacks any true competition in its price range.

Key Features

Although the 2012 Lincoln MKX is only available with two rows of seats, the good news is that you get a vehicle with lots of space inside. You and your passengers will never feel cramped in this SUV.

A standard feature on this vehicle is a blind spot monitoring system which makes for an invaluable safety net whether you’re on the highway or backing out of your driveway. The 305 hp V6 under the 2012 MKX’s hood is the most powerful engine in its class.

Changes for 2012

Lincoln revamped their midsize SUV offering in 2011, so not a whole lot changed when it came to the 2012 edition. There are four different colors, though, turn signals that have been integrated into the vehicle’s exterior mirrors (if you go with the Premium package) and the option to include a THX audio system with a 14-channel amplifier.

What We Like

The sound system in the MKX is incredible, but the real fun is seeing what this class-leading engine can do. Just because you go with a medium-size SUV doesn’t mean you need to expect anything less where power is involved.

What Concerns Us

This vehicle’s backseat doesn’t slide backward or forward which makes it a little cumbersome to try getting around. We also wish there were a few different models to choose from.

Available Models

There is only one version of the 2012 Lincoln MKX available, though there are a number of ways to customize it. One very popular feature is to go with an AWD transmission, for example.

Major Recalls

Lincoln has only ever issued one recall for the 2012 MKX. It turns out that the halfshaft retention clip wasn’t always properly installed on this vehicle. As a result, the halfshaft was able to move out and, ultimately, disengage. When this happened while the vehicle was in motion, the danger was that there would be no power going to the wheels. A serious crash was then a real possibility. Even if the MKX was parked, if the emergency brake wasn’t on, the vehicle could roll away.

Common Issues

A lot of people aren’t fans of the MyLincoln Touch controls with owners reporting that they aren’t user-friendly and take a lot of time to figure out.

Some people also don’t care for the degree to which the MKX looks like a Ford Edge. Aside from the telltale split-grill that every Lincoln has, they appear almost identical. This might seem like a minor issue, but many would prefer their Lincoln looked the part more.

Lincoln MKX 2012 Interior


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