There was a time when the thought of a youthful 40 something year old driving a Lincoln would have been laughable to many. The brand just wasn’t as hip as, say BMW. It’s not that they were necessarily bad cars, they were missing out on the cool factor. Ok, some of them were pretty bad. With the new Ford of the past couple of years came a new Lincoln too, a brand that is decidedly more cool.
For a family long weekend road trip recently, we needed something with enough space to carry all 5 of us along with all of our assorted flotsam and a gigantic cargo box full of dance costumes. No, they aren’t mine! This called for either the dreaded minivan or an SUV/CUV type vehicle. The 5 passenger 2011 Lincoln MKX seemed like it had some potential for the weekend. After spending some time in it, the MKX has potential for a lot more than just a weekend.
Built in Ford’s Oakville, Ontario plant, the MKX has received a thorough refresh for the 2011 model year. Originally launched as an 07 model, the MKX opened up a whole new market for the once popular brand. The slick styling, world class fit and finish, utility and performance brought customers who would traditionally be looking at import brands into the showroom. The MKX, along with some of its siblings was bringing the cool back to Lincoln.
The exterior has received a number of changes from front to back beginning with the new split-wing grille, re-arched fenders and lower rocker moldings to create a better flow to the side view. Unique 2 piece tail lamps utilize indirect LED lighting to create a dramatic effect without actually seeing the light source. The rear view has been beefed up a bit with the addition of larger oval exhaust tips as well. The brushed metal and chrome trim is just bling enough to know this is a Lincoln, but not so much that it looks tacky.