New & Used Lincoln MKT: In Depth
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The Lincoln MKT is a large crossover wagon that offers seating for up to seven, with plenty of cargo room, all wrapped in interesting sheetmetal. Within the Lincoln lineup, the MKT sits between the MKX mid-size crossover and the Navigator full-size SUV.
See our 2014 Lincoln MKT review for pricing with options, specifications, and gas-mileage ratings.
Though the MKT pools its running gear with the Flex, the sheetmetal and interior are completely its own. While the Flex is all angles and straight lines, the MKT riffs on the heritage of Sixties Lincolns with big bands of chrome, a kinky uptick in its sideview, and splits the air with a massive batwing grille that's easily the most daring, controversial thing the brand has sold in decades. Inside, it's much less divisive: there's a high-quality dash well tailored in wood, leather and metallic accents, lit brightly by white LEDs, and capped by a big LCD screen for ancillary controls.
Lincoln offers a choice of six-cylinder engines to buyers. The base MKT originally included a 268-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 and a six-speed automatic--a close relative of the powerplant in the Lincoln MKS sedan and even the related Mazda CX-9 crossover. For 2013, the engine was upgraded to a new 303-hp version. The more sporty versions get a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 with 355 horsepower (365 hp for 2013), mated to a six-speed automatic. Either version can be outfitted with all-wheel drive, and turbo versions also can be fitted with paddles for shifting. It's a somewhat odd sensation, paddle-shifting a vehicle this large, but the MKT responds very well to a heavy foot and quick fingers: electric power steering is light and quick, body motions are as well-controlled as they can be for such a long vehicle, and while you wouldn't call it nimble, the MKT isn't numb or indecisive during fast-paced driving maneuvers.
The MKT can be had in six- and seven-passenger versions, with bucket seats in the second row an option over the standard 60/40 split-folding bench seat. The front seats are large and cozy, even if the active headrests still push on the back of passengers' heads a little too intently. Second-row seats have copious foot- and legroom, and the third row is almost large enough for some adults, though mainly intended for children. Power "fold and tumble" second-row seats with heating, cooling, and power-assisted lumbar adjustment are also available, and third-row passengers can fold second-row seats out of the way by pressing a button-a nice touch. Cargo room behind the third row is as much as an Acura RL, at 17.3 cubic feet; fold down the second seat and it rises to 39.6 cubic feet. With both rear rows folded, the MKT has a cavernous 75.9 cubic feet of room for hauling home estate-sale finds.
Other comfort and convenience features ladled on the MKT include a large, standard, fixed-panel sunroof; dual-zone climate control; the Bluetooth-and-voice-controlled SYNC system; a keyless entry pad on the door frame; high-intensity discharge headlamps with automatic high beams; and push-button start with MyKey features that allow drivers to set preferences for speed controls, radio functions, and seat/mirror memory positions. A handful of options can be specific to bring the most expensive MKTs to nearly $55,000-including a power panoramic sunroof; 20-inch polished aluminum wheels; a rear-seat DVD entertainment system; active parking assist and adaptive cruise control; a navigation system with a music hard drive and THX II-certified speakers; and last but not least, a five-quart refrigerator mounted between the middle seats.
The MKT changed very little for the 2014 model year; but for 2013 it received many drivetrain and interior changes, starting with a more powerful 3.7-liter V-6 that's good for both 303 horsepower and 25 mpg highway fuel economy; also new were Town Car livery versions (which for 2013 are to begin offering a higher-mileage EcoBoost four-cylinder alternative that won't be sold to the public). The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 returns with 365 horsepower and 23-mpg highway gas mileage. Both are teamed to a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and full manual control, as well as rev-matching downshifts. Some version are fitted with Lincoln Drive Control, which allows the driver to select between Normal, Sport and Comfort modes, depending upon conditions, road and passenger feedback.
Models equipped with the EcoBoost V-6 also include an adaptive suspension that Lincoln calls Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD). It's adjusted through the Lincoln Drive Control settings, and Lincoln claims it is tuned to balance ride comfort and handling. The MKT also includes inflatable rear safety belts and the latest version of MyLincoln Touch for infotainment duties.
Fuel economy suffers just a point on the EcoBoost (V-6) MKT; it's 16/22 mpg, versus 17/23 mpg on the base version.
Beginning in 2014, Lincoln is marketing a Town Car version of the MKT to livery fleets. It is sold with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and front-wheel drive, with fuel-economy ratings of 20 mpg city, 28 highway. The body is the same length, but the third row is removed and the second row pushed back to create plenty of room for passengers. There were few other changes to the MKT for 2014. Lincoln has not yet announced what, if anything will change on the MKT for 2015, but it is expected to remain largely the same.