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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
“MKT’s seats are cushy but not particularly supportive-it is a cruiser, after all”
Car and Driver
“seats are…outstanding, with nice, long lower cushions that provide excellent thigh support.”
in third row, “at six feet tall, I found the ceiling to be about six inches too low.”
“Improvement in terms of materials quality…is dramatic”
“An uncannily quiet interior”
New York Times
You don't need to buy over-the-counter products like Enzyte to know size matters. It's what makes the 2011 MKT such a party boat. You can squeeze in six or seven adults, emerge on the other side of your Mad Men three-hour lunch, and still be in the clear, as far as HR and harassment go.
The MKT does offer you some choice: There's a six-passenger version with twin buckets in the middle row or a seven-seater with a middle bench. From that row forward, the MKT gives good support in every direction and sensation. The front seats show the attention normally paid to the seats in Volvos; they're fantastic for long drives, with room in all directions and a little contact with hard metallic trim at the knee.The front active headrests are improved over the Flex—they tilt too far forward—but could use a degree or more of recline before we pronounce them perfect. The MKT has telescoping steering to the Flex package, which improves driving position. The second-row seats have copious foot- and legroom, too, and big doors that won't cramp your back.
In the way-back, the third row is almost large enough for some adults, though mainly intended for children. Six-footers will find headroom a touchy issue with the headliner, but everyone else will find it easy to clamber in and settle into a good spot. 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.
Room? The MKT’s got room—and great seats all around.