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Lincoln MKX or Toyota Highlander?

nunzinunzi Posts: 50
edited March 22 in Lincoln
I currently want to trade my 2002 Navigator which I truly love but now it is too large for my needs.
My husband wants to be practical with the Highlander. I am a former NYC girl and love elegance and glitz. SO sue me. I still like walking up to my car with the "YEAH THAT"S MY BABY" kind of feel. But I also want fuel efficiency and reliability. I'm so confused. I know the sticker and want to know at what price should I start too with the MKX. Milli


  • bigbuck14bigbuck14 Posts: 10
    Alright first of all forget what your says or wants.The Highlander is wack and dull, if you buy it you would not be saying "YEAH THAT'S MY BABY" you would say why did I buy this.The MKX is way better it has the elegance and glitz you want.The car has cool features like the big [non-permissible content removed] sunroof,adaptive headlights,THX 2,and heated and cooled reclining second row seats.Now check out this MKX on ebay. TE-Navigation-new_W0QQitemZ190093689352QQcategoryZ6305QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQc- mdZViewItem
  • To me the Highlander doesn't say elegance or glitz. It says practical and nice. I'm not sure the MKX says elegance or glitz, either, but it would have the cache of being somewhat rarer than the Highlander. I don't think it would get lost in a crowd.
  • nunzinunzi Posts: 50
    Thanks for the input. I did test drive the highlander and eh? Nice practical dependable. Like the girl you would take home to meet your mom... The MKX was ahhh yeahh nice naughty but nice.. Too pricey and then I saw the Ford Edge.
    But I don't want to go there...cute though... I have to get over my vanity.. still undecided ..come on people.. help!!! :cry: :confuse: :
  • gasman1gasman1 Posts: 321
    I personally like the current HL. However, you may want to research the 2008 new HL coming in July/August. It should be more comparable to the MKX. I prefer the new Toyota 3.5L over the current 3.3L. I'd also suggest that you research the bones of the vehicles and not just the skin.

    The Toyota HL has a solid structure. I hope the MKX has one too. I really want Ford to do well...
  • bigbuck14bigbuck14 Posts: 10
    The thing about the 2008 HL is it looks like a longer rav4 and kinda funny lookin.
  • rich72rich72 Posts: 7
    My wife got a Lincoln MKX back in January. She had the same requirement as you, where she wanted something reliable, safe and didn't look like every other car in the lot. I can tell you that our truck gets looks from a lot of people in cars worth 2-3 times what the MKX does. The Highlander is probably a very reliable truck, but looks like a minivan to us(even the 2008 model).

    Get the MKX with crome wheels and you will be very happy. We had the x-plan through our work, but I think you can make a deal if the dealer has a lot in stock.
  • ro810ro810 Posts: 1
    I looked at both vehicles, too. I am going with the MKX. I love it. The Highlander is very practical- but boring. It also is missing some features that I like to have. The salesman kept telling me that maybe the 2008 will have them- sorry can't wait that long. Here's the thing I didn't like about the Highlander: The front seats do not have memory, you can't plug in your ipod, no dual climate control, there was no a/c adapter in the rear seat. It was a very good vehicle and holds it resale value- as the salesman continued to tell me. I am looking to lease and was surprised how high the lease payments were for a car that cost less to start and hold it's value so well. So how do I love the MKX, let me count the ways- the Vista roof- I want a convertible, but I need AWD- I can have both (almost). A great looking vehicle that stands out in the crowd, and all things that I could not find on the Highlander. And did I mention the Vista roof!!Check the Internet you can find a link to website that can get you a X-Plan certificate- that's employee pricing. I know someone at the Lincoln dealership, so he is giving me the pricing. It's about $400 over invoice. Good Luck. I can't wait to get my MKX.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,665
    X plan is not employee pricing. Employee pricing is A plan and that's around 4% less than X plan. X plan is still a great no haggle deal and you won't beat X plan on a new MKX anytime soon.
  • chelentanochelentano Posts: 634
    definitely MKX! especialy in white leather and maple wood trim
  • If you are deciding between either a Lincoln Mkx with a toyota Highlander that is not a fair comparision for either.

    If you like the Mkx you should look at a Lexus Rx350, Cadillac Srx, Acura Mdx, and etc.

    If you like the Highlander you should look at the Ford edge, GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook, Mazada CX-9, and Honda Pilot.

    Thoses are more fair comparsion.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I don't get the premise of this discussion, as you have an apples/oranges comparison. The Highlander compares to the Ford Edge, not the Lincoln. The MKX should win every time here, and it seems it does.
  • townhometownhome Posts: 104
    We traded in a 2002 Highlander my wife had before we were married for a 2007 MKX. It was an OK car, but one that I did not want. It had about 85,000 miles on it and needed a $1500 repair to the HVAC system (the temp control button did not work and so the entire unit needed to be replaced). I know that's not bad for a 5 yr old car, but my Ford Ranger is 11 yrs old, has 85,000 miles on it, and has never needed a repair. My wife's Highlander reminded me too much of my 1990 Toyota truck -- everyone thought it was nice and reliable, but it left me stranded more than any other car I've owned before or since. I traded it for the Ford truck and was never stuck on the side of the road again. So far, our Lincoln has 10,000 miles on it and it is perfect.
  • If you are shopping for a car, I can't see why anyone would be stuck between a Highlander and a MkX.
    They are both 2 completely different cars that you should be comparing each other with when buying a new car.

    However, I must say that even though the Highlander has been remodeled to look like a Rav4 that just ate a small elephant, the MkX is still much better looking on the outside than the Highlander and the Lexus RX350 (which you should be comparing it with in the first place.) :P
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,511
    Price it the reason - RX350 can go very high, while MKX and (new, less-discounted Highlander) can be quite close.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,665
    If you're talking about personal preference then you can compare anything you want to anything else. I cross shopped a Mercury Cougar, Mustang GT and Lincoln LS at the same time.

    But the poster didn't say he compared them - he said he traded a Highlander in on the MKX. Apparently his experience with Toyotas eliminated the RX350 from the shopping list.
  • I just put a deposit down on the 2007 MKX (red with light/wood and leather interior). IT IS GORGEOUS. I just paid off my 2002 Champagne Highlander Limited lease and tomorrow I'm getting it inspected to turn it in. It practically looks new, except i'll probably get hit for the tires. I probably would have gone into another Toyota, but The 2008 highlander is a bland looking blob. The 4 runner is loud and trucky. I'm also a LI NY gal now living in Florida and have been SUV shopping for over a month now, looking for the glitz. Its all about the leather, wood, sunroof and quiet ride in luxury. I've looked and test drove them all and the MKX is my fave! The Nissan Murano with touring package wasn't bad with the wood trim, but the MKX is such a smoother ride. Which forum can tell me if I'm getting a good lease deal using the current 39 month lease promotion. The dealer is giving me the $2750 cashback rebate, so I'm putting $1000 down OTD (includes first month and lic, tax) and my payments will be $403.10 per month. Do you need more info to let me know if its a good deal? Should I wait for the 2008 to come out and hope to make the same deal. Or am I dreaming?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    You'll want to post your question in Lincoln MKX Lease Questions.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • nunzinunzi Posts: 50
    Al... sounds like you did good... Luxury never goes out of style :shades: good luck...
  • nunzinunzi Posts: 50
    :shades: I am glad I waited because I have seen the Buick Enclave and fell in love... HOT... I am ordering it because dealers sell them before the get on the lot.. I know.. what a change but the MKX did not have that "3rd" row... This car is me.. sexy sleek and hard to get... :shades:
  • jeyhoejeyhoe Posts: 490
    "I am glad I waited because I have seen the Buick Enclave and fell in love"

    Yeah, I'm in lust. I drove the MKX and the GMC Acadia, an Enclave twin, and were I buying today I'd definitley get the GMC. Or the Enclave or even the Outlook. The mkx maybe rode a tad bit smoother, but I'd give everything else to the GM clones.
    One trick touch the Acadia had was a 'Heads-Up display' projected on the windshield. mph and a choice of a few other info. Kinda cool.
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