2012 Lincoln MKX

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Lincoln MKX. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • More contemporary front-end styling
  • Improved interior quality, luxury
  • Configurable MyLincoln Touch system

The Bad

  • Backseat doesn't slide forward/backward
  • MyLincoln system may encourage distracted driving

Notable Features of the 2012 Lincoln MKX

  • 305-hp V-6
  • Touch-sensitive dashboard controls
  • Seats five
  • FWD or AWD

2012 Lincoln MKX Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Revised for the 2011 model year, Lincoln's MKX luxury crossover received updated exterior styling, new technology features and a more powerful V-6 engine. The five-seat MKX competes against the Cadillac SRX and Lexus RX 350.

New for 2012
A 14-channel THX amplifier is included with the THX stereo, and turn-signal indicators for the side mirrors are now part of the Premium Package.

Exterior
Up front, the MKX has a version of what Lincoln calls its "split-wing grille." The grille closely resembles the one on the brand's MKS full-size luxury sedan, and it doesn't overwhelm the front of the crossover like the design does on Lincoln's MKT full-size crossover. Exterior features include:

  • Split taillights use inward-facing LEDs to soften the typical pinpoint illumination provided by these lights
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Optional 20-inch rims


Interior
The MKX's dashboard features a flowing design that blends smoothly into the center console and utilizes upscale touches such as stitching along some seams.

Ford's entertainment and communication system, dubbed MyLincoln Touch in Lincoln models, is standard in the MKX. The system aims to make all of your communication and entertainment sources easy to control while driving. To do this, MyLincoln Touch features an 8-inch touch-screen in the middle of the dash, five-way steering-wheel controls, USB ports, an SD card slot and an instrument panel with a traditional analog speedometer flanked by two ...

Vehicle Overview

Revised for the 2011 model year, Lincoln's MKX luxury crossover received updated exterior styling, new technology features and a more powerful V-6 engine. The five-seat MKX competes against the Cadillac SRX and Lexus RX 350.

New for 2012
A 14-channel THX amplifier is included with the THX stereo, and turn-signal indicators for the side mirrors are now part of the Premium Package.

Exterior
Up front, the MKX has a version of what Lincoln calls its "split-wing grille." The grille closely resembles the one on the brand's MKS full-size luxury sedan, and it doesn't overwhelm the front of the crossover like the design does on Lincoln's MKT full-size crossover. Exterior features include:

  • Split taillights use inward-facing LEDs to soften the typical pinpoint illumination provided by these lights
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Optional 20-inch rims


Interior
The MKX's dashboard features a flowing design that blends smoothly into the center console and utilizes upscale touches such as stitching along some seams.

Ford's entertainment and communication system, dubbed MyLincoln Touch in Lincoln models, is standard in the MKX. The system aims to make all of your communication and entertainment sources easy to control while driving. To do this, MyLincoln Touch features an 8-inch touch-screen in the middle of the dash, five-way steering-wheel controls, USB ports, an SD card slot and an instrument panel with a traditional analog speedometer flanked by two customizable LCD screens.

The system can be operated by voice commands and touch-sensitive controls. The touch controls for audio volume and ventilation fan speed are particularly interesting; they both feature a horizontal plate, and you slide your finger left or right to lower or raise the volume/fan speed. Interior features include:

  • Real wood and aluminum trim is offered
  • Standard leather upholstery
  • Standard heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Available heated steering wheel


Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Uses regular gas
  • Front- or all-wheel drive


Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags

 


Latest 2012 MKX Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Quality automobile

by My MKZ from Freehold, NJ on July 26, 2018

This is my second MKZ. I traded in my first with 175,000 miles and plan on keeping this one for awhile longer. I currently have 150,000 miles on it and it still drives like new Read full review

(5.0)

Absolutely love my Lincoln highly recommended

by Kayla from Somerset ma on July 23, 2018

Absolutely in love with my Lincoln MKX highly recommend it for anyone looking for an SUV so many features in this car that I love including the touchscreen with navigation panoramic top heated and AC ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Lincoln MKX currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Lincoln MKX Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lincoln

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement for up to $45 per day, fresh oil and filter at delivery and certificate for your first complimentary oil and filter change

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / 100,000 miles

    6 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Comprehensive Limited Warranty from original in-service date. See dealer for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 200-point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The MKX received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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