2011 Lincoln MKX Luxury CUV New Car Review
By Bob Plunkett
A stunningly sleek five-door crossover utility vehicle flashing edgy arched fenders and a massive split-wing grille glides smoothly through compound chicanes on Beach Drive, which winds through the leafy canyon of Rock Creek Park in the heart of Washington, D.C.
Actually, this redesigned Lincoln MKX CUV romps through the park, a new six-pack engine lighting a fire on the humongous 245/50R20 tires mounted on chrome-coated alloy wheels.
The big tires dance independently over Rock Creek Park rippled pavement as the vehicle's unibody chassis, forged with an extra wide 65-inch track and wheelbase length of 111 inches, maintains a flat stance through so many bends in the two-lane park road.
And in the cockpit one driver strapped securely to a contoured bucket seat maintains a firm grip on the leather-wrapped steering wheel while plying a shift-it-yourself automatic transmission.
We're encased in a luxurious five-seat mobile environment, all leather and metal and high-tech electronic gizmos to help us move safety along the parkway pavement as well as keep in touch with the outside world via voice-activated controls over in-car phones, media players and the on-board navigation system.
This Rock Creek Park excursion occurs in Lincoln's 2011 MKX, a mid-size CUV revamped with new powertrain, revised chassis and suspension, fresh sheetmetal styling outside and a reworked cabin that drips luxury goods and way-cool electronic hardware.