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02-17-2017, 10:42 PM #1Junior Member
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I made an error in the heading. It relates to a 2015 MKX
From the day they delivered the mkx, I complained about the ride.
I have ridden in trucks that have less reaction to the seams in the pavement than this car.
It was built with 20" wheels and I asked the dealer to remove them and put on 18".
I'm wondering if that is the cause of the rough ride
Is it possible the car is built differently for 20" vs 18" wheels?
Last edited by Riendej; 02-17-2017 at 11:48 PM.
02-28-2017, 07:28 AM #2
We have a 2011 and 2015 MKX (both with 20" wheels) and the ride is stiff in both cars. This took me by surprise too when we bought the 2011; I was expecting a "Lincoln" ride, I was not expecting the firmness. I like the firmer ride and resultant crisper handling, so I was not disappointed. I never test drove an MKX with 18" wheels so I can't comment on the difference, but it stands to reason the taller tires would be more compliant.
04-22-2017, 11:13 AM #3Junior Member
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When purchasing a car wheel size needs to be taken into consideration. The bigger the wheel size results tin two things; a narrower distance between the rims and the road and since wheels have a larger diameter they are also wider. With less tire between the rim and the road and more tire on the road from its width, a driver will feel more road imperfections. You increase the distance between the rim and the road such as an 18 inch rim, and decrease the width, you feel less of those imperfections and road noise. In my opinion in most cases wheels play a big part in the set up of the vehicle and how it looks and handles for the type of driving you want to experience. If you want a sportier experience then a bigger and wider tire tread will be better. However if you want a quieter smoother ride then a smaller and more narrow tire width may work much better. When I purchased my 2017 Lincoln MKX I was willing to sacrifice a bit of comfort for looks and handling. I wanted the 21 inch wheels because to me that enhanced the vehicles looks and is much more attractive. The numerous comments I receive from others confirms this for me. On smooth roads and freeways the vehicle is smooth and quiet and I have the suspension on sports mode. On roads that have more imperfections I then change it to the comfort mode. For me that provides a comfortable controlled ride while enhancing the vehicle with those 21 inch attractive wheels. It all depends what you want and what is more important to you the driver.