Ford used the Mazda6 platform to build both the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers. This car platform gives the SUV-like crossovers a more comfortable ride than if they were built on truck platforms.

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The Lincoln badge is subtly hidden in the grille among all the chrome. Our test car had adaptive headlights, which did a good job of illuminating the road ahead in corners.

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The MKX holds four passengers and their luggage comfortably, although you could squeeze another passenger in the rear seat.

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The taillights form a stripe all the way across the back of the MKX.

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Cargo room is adequate, though not huge. The rear seats can be folded down for more space. We also enjoyed the power-lift gate, which can be operated with the remote.

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In our test car, we had the optional sunroof, which includes a big piece of glass over the front seats and a smaller moonroof over the rear seats.

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Lincoln luxury means lots of blond wood accents and brushed aluminum trim. But the infotainment interface works well, with buttons down both sides of the touch-screen LCD.

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The MKX handles reasonably well, considering its size and height. Body roll is only moderate and there's not too much oversteer.

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The six-speed automatic transmission downshifted a little slowly for our tastes, but it was otherwise smooth. It doesn't have a manual gear selection mode, just a low range for driving down hills.

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The THX logo comes up when you turn on the car. It means the car has 14 speakers pumping out 600 watts or refined power.

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The CD screen shows track information, which is nice, but the buttons could be smaller, allowing for more information.

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The auxiliary audio input is hidden in the center console, making it a good place to keep an iPod.

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The THX audio system uses a unique center speaker array, made up of two mids and a tweeter.

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The map resolution isn't the best we've seen, but it's not bad. We found it easy to check our location quickly.

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Route guidance is particularly good with this system, which reads out street names and uses big graphics to indicate turns.

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