Mid-size SUVs like the 2017 Lincoln MKX and the Jeep Grand Cherokee supply adventure in both the rolling countryside and urban traffic. Whether you're looking for a hint of luxury or an adventure through uncharted territory, you'll find a little of each. Before you make your final purchase, check out our buying guide to learn which SUV is right for you.
Unlike most mid-size SUVs, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is ready for a ride into extremely rugged territory. That's especially true with the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk model, which treats you to a go-anywhere performance, thanks to its four-wheel-drive system with low-range gearing.
The Lincoln MKX was designed with luxury in mind, but, with all-wheel drive, it easily manages light trails. You can pack your entire family up and head to your favorite mountain getaway spots without a second thought.
The MKX is our pick for safety. That's in part because, in government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. But it's also because the MKX earned our trust with its savvy tech items. For example, the forward collision mitigation system includes automatic braking, and it even senses pedestrians, helping you avoid accidents in more ways than one.
In government crash tests, the rear-wheel-drive Jeep Grand Cherokee earned four out of five stars for overall protection. Four-wheel-drive models did better, with five stars. The Grand Cherokee also offers driver aids that alert you to danger. However, these have something of a reputation for being oversensitive, so they might prove annoying before they're helpful.
If it's plush leather seating and a smooth ride to work you're after, the MKX is the mid-size crossover SUV for you. The MKX's soft-yet-supportive seats really hit the spot as you make your way through congested streets. In the rear, passengers can kick back in the reclining seats for hours of on-road comfort.
Like the MKX, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was intended for the whole family. It's a great road-trip ride, offering enough space for five passengers and all their outdoor gear. While the Grand Cherokee supplies plenty of family fun, you've got to pay extra if you want the same luxury features that come standard on the MKX.
The MKX powers ahead of the competition with its noteworthy touchscreen interface, which even lets you use smartphone-like swiping gestures. The Sync 3 infotainment doesn't just respond quickly to your touch inputs - it also answers to the sound of your voice. Use voice controls to do everything from send text messages to change the current music selection.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee's Uconnect system is a close second. It's also easy to use, and it serves up the app you seek without making you jump through too many menu screens. However, unlike in the MKX, it's not standard equipment, and you have to pay extra for this vital upgrade.
The 2017 Lincoln MKX is the perfect people hauler - whether you're traveling to the mall or an off-the-grid destination. Your entire family will enjoy substantial head and leg room - and they'll absolutely revel in the MKX's plush leather seats. Comfort combined with performance and features equals the right SUV option for you: the 2017 Lincoln MKX.