>> As Lincoln keeps evolving itself, what are we to make of their crossover sport ut? Best way to find out is to give it a ride, and you know, Check the Tech. Come on, it's the Lincoln MKX.
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Now the MKX is kind of a high tone ride, so it doesn't come really stripped, even when it's based. For example, if we get this car stripped stock, we'd have a six disc CD changer right here, that's what these six buttons are for, we'd have six speakers around the cabin, it's a little chintzy. We would have Sync however, and of course some of the peripherals for that are donw here, here's my USB jack, I've got a thumb drive in there, a standard AUX jack right here. And here of course are some of our Sync oriented selections. Look what I'm on right now. BTST, bluetooth stereo, because right now I'm playing music from my Blackberry, which has A2DP stereo streaming, and there it is showing up, no wires at all. Now we have the better package though, which means we get the navigation. And there it is with a really good, nicely rendered map, and again, Sync is your interface to control this. So really good voice recognition, that's one of the hallmarks of their system. Now that nav system moves along nicely, because it's hard drive based, not DVD based, which gives us another feature back on the media, which is once we go to let's say our CD here, standard audio playing, I have the record button, so yes we have the ability to rip that disc to the internal hard drive, which is becoming almost commonplace in the nice cars these days. And the best part of going high trim on this guy is you do get the THX audio system, arguably my favorite in the marketplace right now. It's the one that you can't screw up, in my opinion, no matter how badly you screw with the tone controls. It's just such a well controlled digitally managed system, it's tremendous. And we can play DVDs of both stripes. Here's a DVD video, yeah when you're in park, it's not for watching while you drive. And also DVDA, the DVD audio, the 5.1 surround discs that are as rare as hen's teeth, but if you can appreciate a THX system in your car, you might actually own a couple, who knows.
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The MKX three and a half liter, dual overhead cam, Duratek V6 is just fine. Delivers 265 horsepower, and 250 foot pounds of torque. A six speed automatic, that's the only gear box, with no funny shift gate or paddles. Instead, this car is really an urban style statement, urban as in sleek architecture and eems [assumed spelling] chairs, not spray cans and saggy jeans. The MKX can be had in front wheel drive or all wheel drive flavors, but the mileage will suffer notably with the latter, dropping from seventeen twenty four in front wheel drive, down to a kind of measly fifteen twenty two all wheel drive. Adaptive front headlights are not exotic any more, but on the MKX they are standard equipment. Same goes for the easily dropped rear seats, just press a button. Also not exotic these days is a rear view backup camera. Unfortunately, on the MKX it is exotic, because it's not available. And the panoramic vista roof, also optional, is a crowd pleaser. Your MKX is gonna base at about thirty eight with delivery. Now the tech toys. You got to get what's called the elite package for that, which is about forty five hundred dollars. And you have to get two other packages to get elite, and their fifteen hundred more. So the buy in is kind of rich.
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A side note, Lincoln dealers are now selling Lincoln approved Garman units for as little as two hundred dollars, so that's always an option. Back seat entertainment is about two thousand dollars, all wheel drive eighteen fifty.
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