Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Explorer VS 2017 Lincoln MKX Near Goodyear, AZ

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2017 Ford Explorer

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2017 Lincoln MKX

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Explorer 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Explorer and the Lincoln MKX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Explorer is safer than the Lincoln MKX:



Lincoln MKX


Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

214 lbs.

281 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

45 G’s


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Explorer’s reliability 16 points higher than the Lincoln MKX.

Engine Comparison

The Explorer Sport/Platinum’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 30 more horsepower (365 vs. 335) than the Lincoln MKX’s optional 2.7 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Explorer Sport/Platinum 3.5 turbo V6 is faster than the Lincoln MKX twin turbo V6:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10 sec

11.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.8 sec

18.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

7 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3 sec

3.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

94 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Explorer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Lincoln MKX:




Front Rotors

13.85 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

11.6 inches

The Explorer’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Lincoln MKX are solid, not vented.

The Explorer stops much shorter than the Lincoln MKX:



Lincoln MKX


70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Lincoln MKX.

The Explorer’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.1% to 44.9%) than the Lincoln MKX’s (58.3% to 41.7%). This gives the Explorer more stable handling and braking.

The Explorer Sport 4WD handles at .83 G’s, while the Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Explorer Sport 4WD is quieter than the Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD (37 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Explorer offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Lincoln MKX can only carry 5.

The Explorer has 43.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Lincoln MKX (151.5 vs. 108.3).

The Explorer has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Lincoln MKX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the Lincoln MKX.




Third Seat Folded

43.9 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


37.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

81.7 cubic feet

68.8 cubic feet

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Explorer outsold the Lincoln MKX by over 8 to one during the 2016 model year.

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