Stretch limousines don't have much on the 2012 Lincoln MKT, and neither does the archaic old Lincoln Town Car. This is one big crossover, made for six or seven adults, lots of cargo, and potentially, thousands of miles of exceptionally comfortable cruising.The MKT comes with a choice of a six-passenger version with twin bucket seats in front and in the middle row, with a two-seat bench in back, or as a seven-seater with a bench seat in the middle row. In the first and second rows, the MKT has uncommon support and space in every direction and with every sensation. The front seats feel like those from Volvo, a high compliment indeed. They're fantastic during long drives, surrounded by enough room in all directions, and with enough give in the seat cushions for pillow-cozy comfort, with underlying firmness. The active headrests on the front seats are softer than the ones in the similar Ford Flex, but like the Flex, they still tilt a little too far forward, and could use a degree or more of tilt. The MKT adds telescoping steering to the Flex features list, which helps drivers find a better seating position. In the second row, copious foot and leg room is paired with big doors that make entry and exit among the easiest in the class. The bucket seats in this row are large enough for big adults, even--it's a revelation to slide into them, versus clambering into the back of other seven-seat crossovers.
In the third row, the absolute space is nearly large enough for some adults, though it's intended mainly for children. Six-footers will find headroom a touchy issue with the headliner, but everyone else will find it easy to get in and settle into a good spot. Power-folding 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 at the touch of 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.