2018 Lincoln MKX vs Competitors

2018 Lincoln MKX vs 3 Key Competitors


The Luxury Midsize Utility segment took notice when Lincoln MKX debuted in 2016. That's because Lincoln MKX is thoughtfully engineered to deliver both sport and utility, thanks to two powerful engine choices, available adaptive steering, Lincoln Drive Control and an abundance of luxury and technology features. Changes for 2018 include the addition of Lincoln Connect , which allows remote features through the Lincoln Way App.(1) It's standard on all trim levels and also includes a Wi-Fi Hotspot with a complimentary 3-month/3GB data plan, whichever comes first.

Lincoln MKX further offers a number of features that are not available on any of its key competitors at any price, including:

  1. The astounding power of the available Twin-turbocharged 2.7L V6 engine
  2. The 360-degree Camera System with built-in automatic washer
  3. Available Bridge of Weir® Deepsoft leather-trimmed seats
  4. Lincoln Embrace approach detection with signature lighting
  5. Lincoln Pickup & Delivery Service

Lincoln MKX has three key competitors:

  1. Lexus RX 350
  2. Cadillac XT5
  3. BMW X5 35i


Comparing 2018 Lincoln MKX to 2018 Lexus RX 350

RX 350 continues to be Lexus' best-selling vehicle. Following a major redesign for 2016, RX 350 enters the 2018 model year by offering the Enform Safety Connect and Enform Service Connect complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership. Both were previously offered with a one-year trial. A sunroof and Blind Spot Monitoring are now available on RX 350 base models. Also new for 2018 is an available Premium Package for the hybrid model (RX 450h). It includes power-folding auto-dimming mirrors with memory, premium wood trim, leather-trimmed seating surfaces, rear armrest with storage and memory settings for the driver's seat and steering wheel.

Competitive Perception

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 features interior space optimized for five passengers, with significantly more leg room for rear-seat passengers.

Lexus RX 350 is powered by a powerful 3.5L V6.

  • Horsepower: 295 @ 6,300

Lexus RX 350 delivers great value by offering a lot of content for the money.

Lincoln Reality

It's true that the 2016 redesign addressed noteworthy shortcomings for the RX 350. However, it still fails to measure up to Lincoln MKX.

Consider the following Lincoln MKX advantages over RX 350:

  • Rear leg room (+1.6 inches)
  • Front head room (+0.5 inches)
  • Front shoulder room (+1.1 inches)
  • Rear shoulder room (+1.4 inches)

Either Lincoln MKX engine delivers more horsepower and torque than the single RX 350 engine choice.

3.7L Ti-VCT V6:

  • Horsepower: 303 @ 6,500
  • 278 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000

Twin-turbocharged 2.7L V6:

  • Horsepower: 335 @ 5,500(2)
  • 380 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3,000(2)

Actually, it's Lincoln MKX that delivers a better value. Consider the following:

  • Heated seats are standard on Lincoln MKX; they cost an additional $440 on RX 350
  • Heated rear seats are included in the $790 Climate Package on Lincoln MKX. To get the cold-weather comfort of heated rear seats on RX 350 requires paying $1,480, plus $4,485 for the Luxury Package, putting their true cost at just under $6,000
  • Lincoln MKX offers a capless fuel filler and active noise control as standard equipment, and inflatable rear outboard safety belts are available. These features are not available at any cost on RX 350

Selling Luxury

"While it's true that the 2016 redesign addressed several notable inadequacies for the RX 350, it still falls short of Lincoln MKX in terms of interior space. For example, Lincoln MKX delivers nearly two inches more rear leg room than RX 350. It also delivers more front head room and shoulder room. If you're looking for a roomy, comfortable vehicle, look no further than Lincoln MKX.""If you value performance and exceptional handling coupled with a ride that can be tailored to your liking or road conditions, take Lincoln MKX for a test-drive. It's the only way to truly appreciate its power and adaptive suspension."Compared to Lexus RX 350, Lincoln MKX delivers a lower starting price of over $4,500 and numerous standard features that are either extra-cost options or not available at all on RX 350.(1) Lincoln MKX further offers complimentary Pickup & Delivery Service(3) and a Roadside Assistance Program that is good for the life of the ownership experience.(4) The Lexus counterpart ends after 48 months


Comparing 2018 Lincoln MKX to 2018 Cadillac XT5

Introduced last year, the Cadillac XT5 replaces the SRX. Compared to its predecessor, XT5 is lighter, offers more rear leg room and reclining rear seats. XT5 is powered by a 310-horsepower 3.6L V6 that is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Among the noteworthy features found on the XT5 is a Rear Camera Mirror System. It's standard on the priciest XT5 AWD trim level and not available on any other. Changes for 2018 are minor and include additional USB ports. 2018 prices for Cadillac XT5 start at $41,190.(1)

The Cadillac XT5 design has quantifiable benefits, including 3.2 inches of additional rear leg room over the previous SRX design

The 2018 XT5 features Cadillac's Driver-Assist Package to enhance vision and avoid collisions. Features include:

  • Automatic safety belt tightening
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic Park Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Front and Rear Automatic Braking
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Side Blind Zone Alert

Competitive Perception

Cadillac XT5 is powered by a highly sophisticated and technologically advanced 3.6L engine that produces 310 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque.

The standard 3.7L Ti-VCT V6 in Lincoln MKX is on par with the Cadillac V6. It produces 303 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque.

For those who prefer more power, the available Twinturbocharged 2.7L V6 in Lincoln MKX produces 25 more horsepower and over 100 lb.-ft. more torque.(2)

In every measurable interior roominess category, it's Lincoln MKX that delivers more, including greater cargo volume with the rear seat up and with it folded.

Lincoln MKX:

  • Cargo volume behind front row: 68.8 cu. ft.
  • Cargo volume behind rear row: 37.2 cu. ft.

Cadillac XT5:

  • Cargo volume behind front row: 63.0 cu. ft.
  • Cargo volume behind rear row: 30.0 cu. ft.

Lincoln MKX also offers a host of Driver-Assist technologies. Its available Driver-Assistance Package includes:

  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive steering
  • Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection

This package is available on Reserve trim levels for $2,250. Although not as comprehensively packaged, the Cadillac counterpart costs $1,595 on the pricier XT5 Premium Luxury trim levels, which feature a $53,690 MSRP

Selling Luxury

"Lincoln MKX offers two powertrain choices, including a very powerful Twin-turbocharged 2.7L V6 engine that has significantly more horsepower and torque than the sole offering in Cadillac XT5. That's performance you simply must experience for yourself by getting behind the wheel of a Lincoln MKX."Compared to Cadillac XT5, Lincoln MKX is roomier across all categories: leg room, head room, shoulder room and hip room. Lincoln MKX also enables owners to carry more cargo - nearly 10% more behind the front row and over 23% more behind the rear row.""Compared to the Cadillac XT5, Lincoln MKX offers a host of Driver-Assist technologies, as well as the exceptional value for which Lincoln has become known."


Comparing 2018 Lincoln MKX to 2018 BMW X5

The X5, the largest offering in BMW's sport utility lineup, is available with a choice of four powertrains, including a 2.0L hybrid drive that was introduced for 2016 and in four trim levels: 35i, 35d, 40e iPerformance and 50i. All are available with the company's xDrive (four-wheel drive) and the 35i is also available in rear-wheel drive. Changes for the 2018 model year include replacing the Steptronic automatic or Steptronic automatic with paddle shifters, depending on the model. Trapezoidal tailpipes are now standard on all 35i and 35d models. Prices for the RWD X5 xDrive 35i start at $57,595.(1)

BMW's higher prices are justified by the level of content built into the vehicles

Competitive Perception

As with any BMW, the X5 is positioned as the ultimate driving machine. The 3.0L turbo-charged V6 in 35i produces 300 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. BMW's higher prices are justified by the level of content built into the vehicles. BMW claims that the X5 35i is designed to overpower the elements with:

  • Available Dynamic Performance Control
  • Available Active Roll Stabilization
  • Available Dynamic Damper Control

Lincoln Reality

Both Lincoln MKX engine choices produce more horsepower than the 3.0L in the X5 35i - 303 and 335(2) for the 3.7L Ti-VCT and Twin-turbocharged 2.7L, respectively. The Twin-turbocharged 2.7L produces 80 more lb.-ft. of torque(2) than the 3.0L in X5 35i.The lowest-priced BMW X5 35i costs $17,635 more than a base-level Lincoln MKX.(1) The Lincoln MKX value story is further heightened when considering the following:

  • A rear view camera is standard on Lincoln MKX; it's part of a $1,400 Driver Assistance Package on X5 35i
  • Auto high-beam headlamps are available for $790 via the Climate Package on Lincoln MKX. To get these features, X5 35i buyers must pay an additional $1,900
  • Ventilated front seats are standard on Lincoln MKX Reserve models. They cost an additional $1,350 on X5 35i
  • Features such as inflatable rear outboard safety belts and active noise control are not available at any price on X5 35i

Lincoln MKX is also designed to provide enhanced handling and control under adverse road conditions. It off ers standard Torque Vectoring Control,(3) which improves vehicle handling under all conditions, especially in curves. Also standard is AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability ControlTM).

For those who want to further master the elements, Lincoln MKX is available with all-wheel drive and Lincoln Drive Control, which includes adaptive suspension, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and active noise

Selling Luxury

"To truly experience performance, I urge you to test-drive the Twin-turbocharged 2.7L in Lincoln MKX. With its 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque,(2) I'm sure you'll agree it handily outperforms the 3.0L V6 in the BMW X5 35i. Unlike the BMW engine, the Twin-turbocharged 2.7L can operate on regular fuel, making it a better value, as well." Whether you're comparing starting prices, the long list of standard content or available features - many of which are exclusive to Lincoln MKX - it's Lincoln MKX that delivers the best value for your money.""Lincoln agrees that a vehicle's performance is also determined by how well it handles. That's why Lincoln MKX offers Torque Vectoring Control and AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) as standard equipment. "For enhanced handling under difficult road or weather conditions, Lincoln MKX is available with all-wheel drive and Lincoln Drive Control. It includes an adaptive suspension that allows you to set ride quality (Comfort, Normal or Sport) to your preferences or road conditions."

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