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FEATURES | 10 out of 10
“Also standard is Ford’s Sync voice-activated control for cell phones”
“More than enough luxury appointments to choke an Englishman”
“Massive list of standard and optional equipment”
“adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake assist ($1295) is one of the few major options”
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“can be decked out with…an automated parallel-park feature, a navigation system, the Sirius Travel Link Service” and “a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system.”
The Lincoln MKT's huge standard-features list of electronics and luxury features elbows aside many big crossovers, even the Ford Flex that shares just about everything else with it.The typical power features and flexible seating systems are standard in the MKT, but it also gets a large fixed-panel glass sunroof; dual-zone climate control; Lincoln SYNC, the Bluetooth-and-voice-controlled entertainment interface also found in Ford-brand vehicles; a keyless entry pad with a control pad built into the door frame; high-intensity discharge headlamps with automatic high-beam function; and push-button start with MyKey, which lets parents set preferences for vehicle top speed, radio volume, and seat/mirror memory positions, to keep younger drivers reined in.
The sub-$50,000 MKT quickly eclipses the $55,000 price mark when it's fitted with EcoBoost engine. That model adds even more standard equipment, like a a power panoramic sunroof; 20-inch polished aluminum wheels; active parking assist and adaptive cruise control; a rear-seat DVD entertainment system; and a navigation system with a hard drive for music and maps, and THX II-certified speakers. The sole feature missing from the options list, that's found on other crossovers, is some kind of mobile or streaming TV, like Chrysler's Sirius BackseatTV option.
If that MKT still isn't luxurious enough to satisfy your regular passengers, you can also check the box for a five-quart refrigerator that fits neatly between the middle seats. With the fridge and a battalion of cup holders, your family and friends will never be more than arm's reach from a Coke Zero.
With DVD entertainment systems, active park assist, and THX-certified sound, the 2012 MKT's gadget portfolio is the big mute button for kids and cranky spouses that we all dream of.