Feature Focus: Lincoln MKX’s 22-Way Power Adjustable Seats


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If you’re looking for a reason to pick up the Lincoln MKX over its competition, all you need to do is take a seat and think it over. Literally, the seats in the MKX are its killer feature. Here’s why.

I’m talking, of course, about the crossover’s upgraded power seats. An option that comes with a $1,500 price tag, it’s the feature that sets this Lincoln apart from its rivals. The upgrade gives you seats upholstered in soft, smooth cowhide from the Bridge of Weir Leather company from Scotland. They’re also power adjustable a whopping 22 ways.


All that customizability is awesome, but there’s a small problem: It takes a serious amount of time and dedication to get the car absolutely perfect for your body. Eventually, you get kind of tired of all the little adjustments and give up. It’s hard to say for sure, but I don’t think this feature will be fully utilized by most drivers.

The front passenger seat is also adjustable in the same 22 ways, but they can’t adjust their seats at the same time as the driver because the controls for doing so are on the touchscreen, which can only be accessed by one user at a time.

The customizability of the seats is pretty cool, but opting to get these seats also comes with one more great feature: Lincoln calls it active motion, but it’s essentially a massage program.

There are two massage areas, upper back and lower back, and two intensities. It’s definitely among the better massage programs I’ve experienced in a car, although the lower massage is definitely a bit intrusive.

Lincoln says this feature was designed in part with orthopedic surgeons. The theory is that using a continuous motion in the seat can mitigate back pain. I’m a pretty limber guy with no back pain to complain about,  but I’ll tell you from experience, this feature is extremely beneficial on long trips and while stuck in traffic. 

The Lincoln MKX may not be on everyone’s radar, but features like these customizable massaging seats definitely help it stand out, and if you’re considering buying a MKX, I’d have to recommend that you check off these 22-way power seats on the option list.


  • smartacus

    i must say i’m quite impressed.
    That’s a Lincoln?

  • craigcole

    I’m in a Black Label MKX this week (two videos are in the works) and it’s really impressive. Most people wouldn’t believe it’s a Lincoln. The leather that covers the seats, door panels and dashboard is SUPER soft, the interior is nearly silent and it feels like *real* luxury, not just a fancy Ford Edge. It’s easily their best model and gives me high hopes for the upcoming Continental.

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  • ClayManBob

    22 is pretty impressive. Screen adjustment is pretty dumb. I just wish more manufacturers offered passenger seats that matched the driver’s seat’s capabilities. Passengers need comfort too (especially lumbar support). If manufacturers started doing this, I’m pretty sure they could negotiate with the seat providers to get the costs way down (they’d be making just one seat instead of different versions) and make this a very attractive feature for the buyer. I want that for my wife, but it’s way too hard to find in sub-luxury vehicles. I’m looking to have a third party seat installed just for the passenger in my Mazda CX-9. Expensive, yes, but she is worth it (and so am I when she’s driving). Beats spending an extra $10k – $15K to go luxury.

  • nauticalone

    I like this vehicle overall…but not so much the gear selector.
    Nice…but not Volvo or Jaguar nice!

  • kaffekup

    I’m sure a luxury brand like Lincoln has seat memory. It shouldn’t be that big a deal for the main driver to set the driver’s seat, and then the passenger to set theirs.
    In any case, Nissan seems to have a great deal in their Zero Gravity seats without all the folderol.