2018 Lincoln MKX vs. 2017 Tesla Model X

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The rear seatbelts optional on the Lincoln MKX inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Model X doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Lincoln MKX Reserve/Black Label’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Model X doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Lincoln MKX Reserve/Black Label offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Model X only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the Lincoln MKX (except Premiere)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Model X doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Lincoln MKX Reserve/Black Label’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Model X doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Lincoln MKX has standard 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Model X doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Lincoln MKX and the Model X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and blind spot warning systems.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Lincoln MKX the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 136 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Model X has not been tested, yet.


The Lincoln MKX’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Model X’s (5/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 14 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Tesla dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Lincoln MKX’s warranty.


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 Lincoln MKX’s reliability 12 points higher than the Model X.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Lincoln MKX’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel is 450 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The Model X’s range is only 259 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 30 minutes for only a 54% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 82 hours and 53 minutes.

Brakes and Stopping

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Lincoln MKX has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Model X doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Lincoln MKX stops shorter than the Model X:


Lincoln MKX

Model X


70 to 0 MPH

171 feet

172 feet

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Suspension and Handling

The Lincoln MKX has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Model X’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better maneuverability, the Lincoln MKX’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Model X’s (38.6 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Lincoln MKX has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Model X (7.8 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Lincoln MKX to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Lincoln MKX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 1000 pounds less than the Tesla Model X.

The Lincoln MKX is 8.3 inches shorter than the Model X, making the Lincoln MKX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Lincoln MKX is 5.4 inches narrower than the Model X, making the Lincoln MKX easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Lincoln MKX Reserve is quieter than the Model X P90D (64 vs. 65 dB).

Passenger Space

The Lincoln MKX has 1.6 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Model X.

Cargo Capacity

The Lincoln MKX has a much larger cargo area than the Model X with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 26 cubic feet).

The Lincoln MKX’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Model X 7-Passenger doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Lincoln MKX’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Model X doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Lincoln MKX’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Model X doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Lincoln MKX to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Tesla doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Model X.


The Lincoln MKX’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Model X doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the Lincoln MKX the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Model X can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Lincoln MKX’s exterior PIN entry system. The Model X doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Lincoln MKX has a standard rear wiper. The Model X doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Lincoln MKX’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Model X doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Lincoln MKX has standard extendable sun visors. The Model X doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Lincoln MKX Reserve/Black Label keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Model X doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Lincoln MKX has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Model X doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

The Lincoln MKX offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Model X doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Lincoln MKX is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Model X doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.


The Lincoln MKX outsold the Tesla Model X by over three to one during the 2017 model year.

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