Buick's Enclave is curvy and lovely and uncontroversial, and Audi's Q7 is the German equivalent. Huge, brash, chromey and pretty unsubtle in comparison, the 2012 Lincoln MKT will not be ignored.
The MKT in unabashedly in love with the martini-era Lincoln land yachts of the 1960s, more so outside than in. A casual glance wouldn't give the slightest impression that fundamentally, it's the same vehicle as the box-o-matic Ford Flex--it's a masterful distinction between the pair, with the Lincoln being just as provocative as the Ford. The MKT's sheetmetal flows from a huge twin-nostril grille, riding a big shoulder line all the way to a slinky upkick at the rear quarters. It has its detractors, but we mostly disagree with them except for the grille's size, and for the relatively unfinished look of the tail and its thin ribbon of taillights and badges. Whether you like it or not, the MKT is an arresting design with details that require a second and third look to fully digest, and it's almost touching in its Sixties homages.