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Rear of the MKT sports a distinctive forward-swept liftgate
A perfect antidote to the crossover blahs
New York Times
Both front occupants enjoy the flowing, uncluttered center console
Car and Driver
Love it or hate it, the one thing you won't be able to do is ignore the new 2010 Lincoln MKT crossover. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com reveal mixed reactions to the all-new MKT Lincoln, and all of them fall very far from indifferent.
For those who haven't been touched by the Lincoln marketing machine (a lot of you, we know), the new 2010 Lincoln MKT is "a midsize crossover SUV that seats up to seven" and is based off of the Ford Flex platform, according to ConsumerGuide. The MKT Lincoln is available in two models, base and EcoBoost, although the only real difference between them is the powertrain. The first thing you're likely to notice about the 2010 Lincoln MKT is what Car and Driver calls the "baleen-whale grille" and "funky proportions" that seem to dominate the vehicle. Car and Driver is less than impressed, commenting that they "don't think the look quite works when the grille is this enormous," but other reviewers are less critical. Jalopnik agrees that "the front is perhaps the toughest part to get on-board with" since "it's a little buck toothed, but it's handsome in person." Reviewers at The New York Times love the styling, however, claiming "this razor-mawed, boat-tailed, stretch-limo wagon will be a perfect antidote to the crossover blahs." Cars.com observes that some of the distinctive styling elements include "a distinctive forward-swept liftgate" and "the way a single line is drawn along the vehicle's face that includes the headlamps, grille and turn indicators," but overall they lament that "the profile looks incomplete." No matter how much you read about it, the 2010 Lincoln MKT is simply one of those vehicles you'll have to see in person before deciding whether the styling agrees with you.
While the exterior of the MKT Lincoln sparks a fierce aesthetic debate, the interior has much more mass appeal. The New York Times says "the news is almost all good inside, including an easy-to-master touch navigation screen," which is included whether or not you spring for the nav system. Autoblog raves that the touch screen is "among the easiest to use of any on the market, regardless of price." Jalopnik also finds that the 2010 Lincoln MKT's interior is significantly "less polarizing" than the exterior, thanks largely to the fact that "the various woods are flawless, the gadget load is heavy and the leather is supple." When seated at the driver's seat, you'll be confronted with "a clear and attractive gauge cluster with chrome accents, and both front occupants enjoy the flowing, uncluttered center console," Car and Driver reports. The welcoming interior also features a very large glass roof that The New York Times notes "floods the cabin with light during the day," allowing you to easily see all the gorgeous elements that comprise the 2010 Lincoln MKT's cabin.
The 2010 Lincoln MKT's exterior won't work for everyone, but those who are intrigued by the sheetmetal will be sold on the interior.