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2015 Lincoln MKT – Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 Auto Trans (Base Trim)

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We liked
  • Spacious For Five, Reasonable For Seven
  • 3.5L EcoBoost Makes Tons of Power
We disliked
  • Looks Like a Hearse
  • Sloping Roofline Compromises Cargo Space
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MSRP
$43,210
MPG
17 / 25
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ENGINE
3.7L V6
HORSE POWER
303 hp
@ 6,500 rpm
TORQUE
278 ft lb
of torque @ 4,000 rpm
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Based on the Ford Flex, the Lincoln MKT is the company’s largest crossover, offering space for up to seven passengers in a luxurious, quiet environment.
Two engines are available: a 303hp 3.7L V-6 and a twin-turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 that produces 365 hp. A luxurious ride doesn’t come at the expense of reasonable handling, either. The MKT is very composed in corners, with excellent steering and body control complementing its smooth, damped ride.
However, it’s impossible to ignore the MKT’s awkward styling. A gigantic split-wing grille dominates the crossover’s front end, and a sloping D-pillar makes the rear end look like a cross between an ’80s Cadillac Seville and a hearse. It’s not a very cohesive look, but it is quite distinctive, which is a plus for many people.
That sloping roofline eats into maximum cargo and third-row passenger space. However, it’s still reasonably comfortable for two pre-teens or small adults, and they’re treated to the same excellent leather as the rest of the interior. Other luxury features like heated and cooled seats, a heated steering wheel, and an excellent audio system make the MKT a great place to spend time.

REVIEW

First Test: 2010 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost

Return of the Hot Rod Lincoln

Kim ReynoldsOct 8, 2009
Lincoln has been many things over the years. In its earliest days (under the supervision of dour old Henry M. Leyland) they built stodgy but extraordinarily-well constructed luxury behemoths -- which, along with the likes of Packard, were sort of America's Rolls-Royces. After Ford acquired the Lincoln, their powerful engines made them the getaway cars of choice in Al Capone's Chicago, and by the beginning of the 1940's Lincoln became one of the epicenters of America's great design, spearheaded by its particularly invested President, Edsel Ford -- Henry's long-suffering son. Edsel (along with Ford designer, Bob Gregorie) created the seminal 1941 Lincoln Continental, a car that remains even today a template for how to meld broad-shouldered American design with restrained European detailing (something sadly lost after Edsel's premature death and the arrival of the chrome-slathered fifties'). A bit of that 'just-right' visual mix returned during the early sixties with the suicide-door Continentals. But after that, Lincoln has been pretty much adrift.
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The new MKT, however, is aiming to re-moor Lincoln to its roots while simultaneously fast stepping into the automobile's technological future. Based upon the generally agreeable Flex platform, the MKT's big bargain with the design devil is its compromised 3rd row room, a necessary sacrifice to get that swoopy -- or as some have opined -- hearse-like stern. As a consequence, the third row is rendered almost useless for adults. But in instances where you have six or seven travelers, and at least two are kids, it's a solution of sorts.
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Yet, while the last row is a cramped, the first two rows can be a passenger's paradise. With the optional power panoramic vista roof retracted, the optional rear frig stocked with appropriate legal beverage, and the rear foot rest propping up a couple of tired tootsies -- hey, this is the life.
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The MKT's exterior design is either a) delightful return to form, b) kinda strange, or c) downright creepy, depending on your perspective. Or perhaps age. Ed Loh (age 33), said of it "Lord Vader, your minivan is here." Carlos Lago (25) offered: "Someone said the nose looks like a baleen whale, and now that's all I see." Personally, I (52) enjoyed the MKT's design from bow to stern -- that 'baleen whale' snout being a welcome reinterpretation of the '41 Continental's grill, while the notched sculpting of its rear flanks evoke those sixties classics. The stern, albeit hearse-like, earned a number of thumbs up from curious passer's by, including one really rough-looking cookie on a motorcycle. And when's the last time a Harley rider gave a Lincoln a thumbs up?
While it may be generous to call the MKT's handling simply 'indifferent', our EcoBoost-equipped version's acceleration and stopping can be described as 'exciting'. Exciting in the good sense when you drop the hammer and the twin turbo, direct injection V6 begins to unreel its 355 horsepower through the standard 6-speed transmission and AWD system. This is a quick car for two and a half tons, zipping to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds. Ford's rollout of these EcoBoost engines (this being the first example) are all about simultaneously offering superior performance and unexpected economy through advanced technology, and this 3.5-liter flat-out delivers the goods. Realize that the EcoBoost engine offers 85 additional horsepower at a cost of one single mpg. Capone's boys would have loved this thing.
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Trouble is, the MKT is exciting to stop too. Although a 130 foot braking distance from 60 mph isn't catastrophic for a 5000 lb automobile, its brake pedal's sponginess causes an unsettling delay. Said Loh, "It goes like freight train -- but stops like one too." Todd Lassa added "With the optional EcoBoost engine, it's everything Lincoln's were in the '60s and '70s -- floaty prairie schooners with big, powerful engines and no brakes." Harsh words, but true.
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At a test price approaching $60,000 and a base price of $50,000, the MKT represents serious money, and decent brakes should be there to match the big Lincoln's impressive power. And while its styling is perhaps in the eye of the beholder, there's no question it is one dramatic vehicle. Like those great Lincolns of the forties and sixties, maybe.
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2010 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost
Base price $49,995
Price as tested $58,370
Vehicle layout Front-engine, AWD, 6-pass, 4-door SUV
Engine 3.5L/355-hp/350-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve twin-turbo V6
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb weight (f/r dist) 5029 lb (54 / 46%)
Wheelbase 117.9 in
Length x width x height 207.6 x 76.0 x 67.4 in
0-60 mph 6.1 sec
Quarter mile 14.6 sec @ 95.3 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph 130 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.75 g (avg)
MT Figure Eight 28.4 sec @ 0.59 g (avg)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 16 / 22 mpg
CO2 emissions 1.06 lb/mile
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2015 Lincoln MKT

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$43,210
17 / 25
3.7L V6
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2014 Lincoln MKT

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$43,050
17 / 25
3.7L V6
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2013 Lincoln MKT

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$45,285
17 / 25
3.7L V6
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Report: Lincoln to Get New Crossovers Based on Ford Fusion and Ford Escape
The Ford Fusion and Ford Escape will serve as the basis for two important new Lincoln crossovers coming in a few years. Though the MKZ is a strong performer for the luxury brand, the two upcoming crossovers may carry Lincoln forward in the same way Lexus relies on the RX crossover.
Zach GaleAug 21, 2012
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2012 Lincoln MKT

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$44,300
17 / 24
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Spy Shots Show a (Nearly) Wedding-Ready Lincoln MKT Stretch Limousine
Lincoln's MKT is up for the challenge of shuttling countless brides, grooms, prom dates, and well-heeled bankers; that is, if you can believe the spy shots we've found of a stretched Lincoln MKT Livery.
Ben TimminsFeb 23, 2012
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2012 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost Price Drops $3000
Lincoln today has announced that the price of the 2012 MKT with EcoBoost will be $3000 lower than on the 2011 model.
Christian SeabaughJun 23, 2011
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2012 Lincoln MKT Photo Gallery
The 2012 Lincoln MKT continues to offer luxury crossover shoppers Lincoln’s signature design in an inviting three-row configuration with intuitive technologies designed to make customers' lives easier.
Courtesy of the ManufacturerJun 23, 2011

2011 Lincoln MKT

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$44,300
17 / 23
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Lincoln Replacing Town Car with MKT Town Car Livery and Limo
Lincoln's professional car lineup is about to enter the 21st century with the introduction of the MKT Town Car Livery and Limousine.
Zach GaleFeb 15, 2011
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Meet Lincoln's New Last Ride: The Lincoln MKT Hearse
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Complimentary Maintenance Program Permanent With Lincoln's 2011 Models
Lincoln is taking one more step toward becoming a respected luxury automaker by making permanent the Complimentary Maintenance Program. The program will apply to all 2011 Lincolns.
Zach GaleNov 15, 2010
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MKT Crossover Morphs Into New-Age Town Car
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Lincoln's Future Product Lineup to Expand and Move Apart from Ford
After a year of steady gains, Ford is refocusing its attention on core brands. After selling off its European brands and closing down Mercury, Lincoln is receiving renewed interest, and will expand its product lineup going forward.
Jeffrey JablanskyAug 5, 2010
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2011 Lincoln MKT Photo Gallery: What's New For 2011
Click here to see photos for the 2011 Lincoln MKT mid-size SUV and check out what's new for 2011!
Courtesy of ManufacturersJul 16, 2010

2010 Lincoln MKT

SPECIFICATIONS
$44,200
17 / 23
3.7L V6
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Death To The Rumors: Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT Aren't Going Anywhere
We saw this morning's report from Automotive News stating that come 2014 Ford is set to discontinue its six- and seven-passenger crossovers, the Ford Flex and the Lincoln MKT.
Jonny LiebermanAug 2, 2010
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Violent Labor Disputes Puts Ford’s Crossover Production On Hold
There's hardly a faster way to stop a production line than a parts shortage, and it's a headache Ford is dealing with right now
Scott EvansOct 23, 2009
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Lincoln Star Studded Evening Event Showcases MKT for Breast Cancer Research
The Lincoln Star Studded Evening event showcased the MKT in support of breast cancer research.
Benson KongOct 16, 2009
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First Test: 2010 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost
The 2010 MKT is aiming to re-moor Lincoln to its roots while simultaneously fast stepping into the automobile's technological f
Kim ReynoldsOct 8, 2009
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2010 Lincoln MKT Road Test
The latest model to receive the retro styling treatment is the 2010 Lincoln MKT, a six- or seven-passenger crossover-utility vehicle that Lincoln calls its new flagship.
Todd LassaSep 23, 2009
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2010 Lincoln MKT Named IIHS Top Safety Pick
Lincoln's 2010 MKT luxury crossover has received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 'Top Safety Pick' award in all categories, parent company Ford announced today.
Nate MartinezSep 10, 2009
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2010 Lincoln MKT To Use Preh-Sourced Climate-Control Systems
The 2010 Lincoln MKT will use Preh-sourced rear climate control systems and remote climate control modules.
Benson KongJul 24, 2009
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2010 Lincoln MKT First Drive
Replacement for Displacement: Lincoln Re-Interprets the Great American Prairie Schooner with EcoBoosted MKT
Todd LassaMay 18, 2009
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2010 Lincoln MKT Features Industry's First Magnesium and Aluminum Liftgate Construction
Ford Motor Company is looking to cut down on its vehicles' weights, and will be using lightweight magnesium and aluminum in the liftgate of its 2010 Lincoln MKT.
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2010 Lincoln MKT to Sport Standard Front- and Optional Second-Row Climate Control Seating
The upcoming 2010 Lincoln MKT will be the first Lincoln vehicle to offer climated control seating on both the front and second rows of seats.
Benson KongFeb 27, 2009
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2010 Lincoln MKT to Start at $44,995, Price Too High or Just Right?
Blue Oval fans waiting for the 2010 Lincoln MKT to break cover finally got their wish earlier this week at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. On sale in the late summer of 2009, the all-new MKT will start at $44,995, including destination.
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First Look: 2010 Lincoln MKT
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Spied! Lincoln MKT caught testing in Los Angeles
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