High Gear Media drove an MKT provided by Lincoln to produce this hands-on road test.
In the automotive world, the words "big" and "responsive" don't normally go together. The all-new 2010 Lincoln MKT puts those two words comfortably in a curvy shape that stands out at a standstill and in motion. Editors from TheCarConnection.com like the Ford Flex and, after spending some time behind the wheel of the mechanically similar MKT, have the same positive impression of the Lincoln. The $46,990 2010 MKT shifts Lincoln further away from its dowdy styling past and delivers vast interior room, while it brings a good measure of driving pleasure and sophistication along for the ride.
It shares its powertrain and chassis with the Ford Flex, but you'd be hard-pressed to identify the 2010 Lincoln MKT as a fraternal twin to the Ford. Where the Flex is a two-box design in the purest sense, the 2010 MKT flows from a canted twin-nostril grille to a sensual upkick in its shoulder line, finishing in a broad, angled decklid banded by a ribbon of taillights and badges. It's a standout design with details that will have you looking a second and third time to identify its heritage-but in retrospect it fits well with Lincoln's past, particularly with the Continentals of the mid-1960s and their broad hockey-stick bands of chrome. Inside, the MKT wears high-quality materials; the wood- or metallic-trimmed dash echoes the front end smartly, and LED white lighting and a sharp LCD screen draw attention, though a few rows of small black buttons do little for style or functionality.