With the ancient Lincoln Town Car sedan now history, the 2013 Lincoln MKT is not only the immediate inheritor to the throne, but something more. Especially considering all of this year's improvements to the MKT, including a more luxurious interior, as well as improved ride and refinement, this is a vehicle that can also be a particularly luxurious family wagon, good for up to seven.
As before, 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), and they're great for covering hundreds of miles in a day, with underlying firmness yet pillow-cozy comfort. Telescopic steering and a very wide range of seat adjustment make sure you get it all just right, and even in the second row, where seats can be heated and cooled, you'll find copious amounts of legroom as well as plenty of headroom and bog doors that make entry and exit easy. They're truly second-row seats built for adults, as opposed to the short, flat bench seats all too common in this kind of vehicle.
As for the third row, getting back there can be a bit of a challenge, and six-footers will find headroom tight; but others will find the seats passable. 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.
Behind the third row there's about as much cargo space as a large sedan, at 17.3 cubic feet. Fold down the second seat and it rises to 39.6 cubic feet. Fold the second- and third-row seatbacks forward and you can get a van-like 75.9 cubic feet.
Although we haven't spent time with the 2013 MKT yet, its interior promises to be even quieter and smoother than that of previous model years. Lincoln has placed additional noise insulation at the front wheel wells, under the hood, and around the trunk. Additionally, the new continuous damping system should not only help this vehicle ride better but also help filter out road noise.