Lincoln was rumored to be on the brink of extinction, but now comes roaring back with three SUVs, one all-new. Ford's luxury division aims for the future while honoring its past. Here's a brief rundown on the Lincoln SUV lineup, along with links to some reviews on About.com:
MKX debuted as a 2007 model, following closely on the heels of its cousin and mechanical sibling, the Ford Edge. A five-passenger crossover, the MKX is designed to compete with the Lexus RX, the Infiniti EX35, the Acura RDX and the BMW X3. Available with all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, the Lincoln MKX is available with a 3.5 liter Duratec V6 engine that's rated for 265 hp/250 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimates 18 city/25 highway for the FWD, 17 city/23 highway for the AWD. Prices start at $38,345 for the FWD, $40,195 for the AWD, plus options.
New for the 2010 model year, the Lincoln MKT is the newest SUV in the Lincoln lineup. Riding on the same platform as the Ford Flex but sharing not a single body panel, the MKT is a seven-passenger crossover designed to compete with the Acura MDX, Buick Enclave and Audi Q7. The Lincoln MKT is available with a 3.7 liter Duratec V6 engine (268 hp/267 lb-ft of torque) or a 3.5 liter twin-turbo direct-injection EcoBoost V6 (355 hp/350 lb-ft of torque), each with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Duratec comes with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the EcoBoost is only available with all-wheel drive. Fuel economy estimates for the MKT: 3.7 FWD - 17 city/23 highway; 3.7 AWD - 16 city/22 highway; 3.5 AWD - 16 city/22 highway, according to the EPA. Base prices start at $44,995 and go to $49,995, plus options.
Navigator has been Lincoln's flagship since its introduction as a 1998 model. In its third generation since the 2007 model year, Navigator shares mechanicals and most of its parts with the Ford Expedition. Navigator competes with Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GL 450, Lexus LX 570 and Infiniti QX56. Navigator is available in two models, the standard Navigator and the extended wheelbase (+12") in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. One engine is standard in both models, a 5.4 liter V8 that sends 310 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimates for the RWD standard models are 14 city/20 highway; the 4x4 and L models are too big for the EPA cycle. Base prices start at $54,400 for the standard Navigator, and go to $56,565 for the Navigator L, plus options.