Lincoln MKX

The new 2008 five-passenger Lincoln MKX crossover utility vehicle emphasizes on-road performance and interior space and versatility. The Lincoln MKX combines a contemporary, somewhat sporty exterior look--with large chrome wheels, chrome trim, and an arched roofline--with traditional American luxury styling cues inside. The interior is trimmed in wood and nickel, and there's a 'cool white' theme for interior lighting.

The interior is especially quiet and comfortable. The Lincoln MKX has thicker sound insulation than most other vehicles in its class, and both rows of seating are sized for full-size adults. For expanded cargo space, the back seats -- which can be reclined 15 degrees for comfort -- fold forward easily via an Easy Fold remote switch (which comes as part of an option package). There are also several useful smaller storage areas, including a center console sized for laptops. The rear liftgate has a unique lighting system featuring LEDs inside and out, surrounding the Lincoln emblem. And overhead, an available panoramic vista roof allows a significant portion of the roof to be open to the sky.

More notable standard features are satellite radio, heated and cooled front seats, front power lumbar support, a reverse sensing system, and a memory feature for the mirrors and the driver's seat. Ford's Sync system is also standard.

The Lincoln MKX includes front side-impact air bags and full-length side-curtain air bags as standard. The safety canopy system for the curtain bags assures protection during rollover situations, while the AdvanceTrac with roll stability control helps avoid those situations in the first place. Anti-lock brakes are standard as well.

Heated seats are available for the back. Other standout options include adaptive projector-beam headlamps that help illuminate into a corner, DVD-based navigation, a rear-seat DVD system with an 8-inch screen, and a 14-speaker, 600-watt THX II audio system.

There's only one engine available on the Lincoln MKX, a 265-horsepower, 3.5L V6, paired with a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, and an all-wheel-drive system is optional. The AWD system has been tuned for all-weather on-road driving, and can reroute torque as needed even before wheel slippage occurs. Fuel economy on the two-wheel-drive Lincoln MKX, at 16 city, 24 highway, is good.

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The Lincoln Motor Company is reinventing itself. After a generation of MK-thises and MK-thats that struggled to differentiate themselves from high-trim Fords, we got the one-two punch of Continental and redesigned Navigator. These aren't just a return of proper nameplates, either. Instead, Lincoln finally has some compelling luxury vehicles that don't just feel like upscale Fords.

Enter the 2019 Nautilus, Lincoln's newest entry in the popular midsize luxury SUV market. Lincoln says midsize SUVs represent around 27 percent of the brand's sales, so there's a lot weighing on the success of this replacement for the Edge-based MKX. The improvements have to reach beyond just a new name and refreshed look; the new Nautilus has to feel like an all-new vehicle.

New look, new attitude

The Nautilus uses a new exterior design that brings the SUV's look in line with the Continental and Navigator. But fun fact: Lincoln's representatives told me the Nautilus is actually the behind-the-scenes pioneer of the brand's new design language, so this is more than just a face-lift.

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