2010 lincoln mkt 039Enlarge Photo
The basics: 3.7-liter V-6 with 255 horsepower, or turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 with 355 hp; six-speed automatic; front- or all-wheel drive
Price: $44,000 and up
Fuel economy: 17/23 mpg (front-drive V-6) to 16/22 mpg (AWD and turbo MKTs)
Rating: 9 out of 10
The new 2010 Lincoln MKT is close kin to the Ford Flex, but you'd never be able to tell without a DNA test. It's all suave curves and chromed details, while the Flex boxes it out with those Monogram appliances for hip squareness. The vast interior space inside gives second-row adults even more leg room than front-seat passengers, and it's not out of the question for smaller adults to ride in the third-row seat. With the EcoBoost turbo V-6, the MKT's an athletic accelerator, and ride quality is wonderfully settled without the use of electronics or air shocks. All the essential gadgets from the Flex carry over, including SYNC and the second-row refrigerator, but the luxe Lincoln adds on a parking-assist option, wood or aluminum trim, and adaptive cruise control.
Where the MKT leaves questions in its trail are in styling--is it too polarizing?--and the ultimate utility of that third-row seat. Easy enough--fold it down and the cargo area more than compensates. The headrests on the front seats still sit a little too forward for our liking. While ride quality is great, ultimate handling gets hairy at the high-speed edges, where the MKT's 4800-pound curb weight and long wheelbase give up long before its EcoBoost six does. Finally, we're not SYNC converts--it's hit or miss in detecting artist names and song titles, and a string of three voice commands to perform a one-button action doesn't strike us as more effective.
TheCarConnection.com's Bottom Line? Supremely spacious and stunning from some angles, the 2010 Lincoln MKT gets truly arresting with its EcoBoost turbo V-6.