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2018 Lincoln MKX Among Most Reliable Five Year Old SUVs

The Lincoln MKX nameplate was retired years ago, but the luxurious crossover continues to earn recognition for being a great value on the used vehicle market, most recently scoring a 2023 Best CPO Value award in the luxury mid-size SUV category from Vincentric. Now, on the heels of the 2023 Lincoln Nautilus – its successor – being added to Consumer Reportslist of recommended vehicles, the 2018 Lincoln MKX has made the consumer organization’s list of the most reliable five-year-old SUVs, too.

As CR points out, the five-year-old vehicle, in general, is a solid choice for used shoppers, as it’s new enough to offer modern tech and safety features, though old enough to the point where it has depreciated considerably, making it a good value. Consumer Reports came up with these particular rankings by looking at its survey data, and determined the the top six based on how reliable they’ve been for the company’s members.

In that regard, the 2018 Lincoln MKX is a solid, reliable used vehicle value, as well as the final year for that nameplate before it was refreshed and renamed the Nautilus. Consumer Reports praised the luxurious crossover for being “among the best luxury SUVs in our testing during that era,” as well as its athletic handling, steady and composed ride, quiet cabin, and an abundance of available safety features.

The 2018 Lincoln MKX earned a reliability score of 4 out of 5, with just two potential trouble spots – suspension and in-car electronics. Some owners have experienced problems with defective shocks, as well as intermittent connectivity issues and display screens going blank. Otherwise, the MKX is succeeded by just five other crossovers from this era (or three, really) – the Lexus RX Hybrid, RX, RX L, Mercedes-Benz GLE, and Acura MDX.

We’ll have more on the MKX soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Lincoln news, Lincoln MKX news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. RonArb

    My 2017 Lincoln MKT has 87,000 trouble free miles offering 17 mpg around town and 23 on the road. One of the best cars that I have ever had with plans on keeping it until I can get a Maverick Hybrid – which may be awhile !

  2. Cigna

    Figures, FoMoCo is discontinuing a reliable vehicle for the US market, conditions normal. Another nail in Lincoln’s coffin.

    1. Joe Schmo

      You are silly. The nautilus is the new rebranding for them.


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