A crossover provides the best of both worlds to its passengers by combining the positive qualities of an SUV and a regular car. It's built like an SUV but at the same time utilizes a platform that's intended for regular cars. That unique design affords a crossover several advantages. A crossover boasts of the generous interior space, the excellent crash protection, and the rugged appearance of an SUV. And because it's based on a car platform, a crossover doesn't have the trademark disadvantages of SUVs, which include heavy weight, reduced drivability compared to cars, and poor fuel mileage. The Lincoln MKX is such a vehicle. It's a midsize five-door crossover SUV from Ford's luxury division and is one of the most popular crossovers today.
The Lincoln MKX debuted in 2006 (as a 2007 model). Much like most Lincoln automobiles, the MKX shares several similarities with a Ford vehicle, the Ford Edge, which is also a crossover. Both vehicles are based on the same Ford CD3 platform that's used in sedans such as the Lincoln Zephyr and the Ford Fusion. Even the MKX's and the Edge's drivetrain and body panels are identical. Basically, only a few style elements and premium features separate the MKX from the Edge.
The Lincoln MKX is powered by a 3.5-L Duratec 35 V6 engine, which is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The default drivetrain configuration of the MKX is front-wheel drive, but the option to go for all-wheel drive is also available. Other prominent Lincoln MKX parts include power windows, automatic headlights, dual power-heated mirrors with puddle lamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated seats, a tire pressure monitor, airbags, and a six-speaker AM/FM stereo radio that has a six-disc CD changer. With those features, it's not hard to see why the MKX is regarded as one of the best luxury crossovers in the market.
Some Exterior Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Lincoln MKX Looking Like New
Stylishness and high levels of standard features—these are the things that set the Lincoln MKX apart from the sea of crossovers. While it's basically a Ford Edge underneath, its elegant surfaces and a façade (that seems to display an oversized grin) make it a true-blooded Lincoln. If you intend to maintain the alluring looks of your Lincoln MKX, you have to take good care of its exterior. Besides regular carwash, here are some cleaning tips that you can follow to be sure that the exterior body panels of your Lincoln get the best care they deserve:
- Choose the right cleaning and detailing products.
If you're doing the car wash and detailing all by yourself, you will need several car care products including detailing spray, car wash soap, wheel cleaner, bug and tar remover, wax, clay bar, glass cleaner, and wheel cleaner. It would be wise to go for products that are made from biodegradable formula and are friendly on your ride's finish. When it comes to your tools, make sure you have a lambswool wash mitt, several pieces of drying towels and polishing cloths, wax applicators that are made from foam or microfiber, water hose, natural-bristle brush, wash bucket, and small detail brush. You can also get a pre-wax cleaner, alcohol wipes, glaze or sealer, and scratch remover.
- Dry the vehicle using microfiber drying towels.
While you can dry the vehicle naturally, it's recommended that you wipe the surface dry, from the top down, using microfiber towels. Air-drying your MKX can leave unsightly water spots on the vehicle's exterior surface. When wiping the vehicle dry, start with the windows first and move on to the painted body panels. It's also a good idea to wash and dry the vehicle in the shade; the sun's heat can cause water to dry easily and form water spots before you ever get the chance to wipe it.
- Use clay to get rid of surface contaminants.
Unlike the contaminants in your Lincoln's essential fluids, the surface contaminants feel like little bumps and can be noticed by sliding your fingers up and down the hood or any painted body panel. This isn't an issue for new cars as their surfaces usually feel smooth. If your MKX has been with you for a while now and you feel contaminants especially on the hood, make the surface smooth again using a clay bar. You just have to flatten the clay bar on the surface, spray detailer to lubricate it, and gently rub the flatten clay to and fro over the affected surface. Make sure to treat one panel at a time. Once you've treated the affected surface, try to feel it again to be sure that there's no contaminant left.
- Wax the surface after using a clay bar.
The wax coats the exterior automotive panels, providing additional protection against rainwater and other elements. You can apply wax by putting a small amount onto the foam or microfiber applicator pad and spreading it across the panel using a circular motion. As the wax dries, it should leave only a light haze; if you notice bright white haze, that means you are putting on too much wax. Use all-cotton or microfiber cloths in removing dried wax.