First Look: 2010 Lincoln MKT

Lincolnizing the Flex: Starting to Believe Ford's Commitment to the Lincoln Brand

Frank Markus
Jan 6, 2009
With the introduction of the Ford-Flex based 2010 Lincoln MKT, we're starting to believe all that stuff about FoMoCo's commitment to the Lincoln brand. There isn't a single significant visible part shared with its platformmate, though most of what you don't see is the same. Overall dimensions are within a whisker, except for height, which is 1.7 in. lower. That lower roof and stylishly raked bustle-back hatch limit third-row headroom to kid-size and give the MKT slightly more station-wagon proportioning.
The waterfall grille cements the family resemblance with the MKS and restyled 2010 MKZ in front, and we're told to expect the cross-car taillamp design (with distinctive light pipes like those on the MKX) to become a new Lincoln trademark. A fixed panoramic glass roof will be standard, with a sliding one optional.
Photo 2/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT front Three Quarters View
Power comes from a 3.7L V-6 producing 267 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque (down slightly from the 273/270 it produces in Mazda's CX-9, thanks partly to Lincolnizing of the exhaust note). An EcoBoost turbo V-6 making 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque will follow driving all four wheels (base MKTs get front drive). Both engines mate to a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
The ride-tuning design brief was "rolling plushness," so expect softer-than-Flex spring and damper rates. Standard wheels are 19-inchers, with 20s optional (standard unique 20s will come with the EcoBoost option). Leadfoots will want to wait for the EcoBoost engine, because even with weight-saving measures like using cast magnesium for the radiator support and tailgate inner panel, a loaded MKT is expected to weigh 2.5 tons.

Photo 3/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT front Three Quarters View
Photo 4/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT side View
Photo 5/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT front View
Photo 6/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT rear Three Quarters View
Photo 7/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT front View
Photo 8/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT front Three Quarters View
Upscale features include adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation (warns driver of impending accident, primes brakes, delivers full brake-assist power when driver brakes), blind-spot indication with cross-traffic alert, "neural THX surround sound" that upconverts compressed media like MP3s for improved sound quality, adaptive headlamps, and active park assist. This system locates a parallel parking spot and then handles the steering and shifting while coaching the driver on brake/throttle use. We're promised it's way easier and faster to use than the Lexus system, and it will only be available with the EcoBoost option, as that model gets electric power steering.
Sybaritic interior touches include real wood trim on all four doors and across the dash, luxurious stitched leather-look material on the dash and door uppers (it's more durable and sun-resistant than real leather), one-touch fold-and-flip middle-row seats for easy third-row access, optional heated and cooled second-row bucket seats with electric lumbar adjustment, and a rear-seat entertainment system option with monitors in the front-seat headrests. And we're told the MKT is even quieter riding than the already impressive Flex, thanks to additional aero tuning of the side mirrors and sound deadening in the ductwork to quiet blower noise.
Photo 9/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT grille
Photo 10/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT front View
Photo 11/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT front Three Quarters View
Photo 12/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT rear View
Photo 13/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT rear Three Quarters View
Photo 14/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT side View
Photo 15/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT interior View
Photo 16/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT rear Climate Control
Photo 17/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT controls
Photo 18/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT interior View
Photo 19/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT gauges
Photo 20/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT cockpit
Photo 21/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT interior View
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Photo 23/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT rear Controls
Photo 24/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT seat Folding Control
Photo 25/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT in Dash Speaker
Photo 26/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT dual Sunroof Closed
Photo 27/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT interior View
Photo 28/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT window Shade
Photo 29/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT electronic Controls
Photo 30/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT rear Footwell
Photo 31/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT center Arm Rest
Photo 32/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT folded Seats
Photo 33/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT emblem
Photo 34/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT side Mirror
Photo 35/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT door Handle
Photo 36/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT rear View
Photo 37/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT rear Three Quarters View
Photo 38/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT side View
Photo 39/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT front View
Photo 40/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT rear Three Quarters View
Photo 41/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT front Three Quarters View
Photo 42/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT rear View Mirror
Photo 43/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT gas Tank Fill Spout
Photo 44/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT trunk
Photo 45/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT folded Seats
Photo 46/46   |   2010 Lincoln MKT steering Wheel

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Fair Market Price $40,401
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Mileage 17 City / 25 Highway
Engine 3.7L V6
Horse Power 303 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 278 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm
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