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

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

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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.

Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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  • Nauticalone Nauticalone on Jul 12, 2016

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

  • Kaffekup Kaffekup on Jul 12, 2016

    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.