The luxury crossover segment of the automotive marketplace is a very full one and making the choice to purchase or lease becomes even more difficult as crossovers become more competent over the road. The new-for-2010 Lincoln MKT is just one of [what seems like] a billion tall wagons available that have personality, sumptuousness and acceptable performance on a front-wheel drive platform.
What makes the Lincoln MKT stand out? Let’s start with its style markings, including the large front waterfall grille that encompasses both flat and polished vanes. It’s a powerful message as the MKT moves forward, a statement that this is an enviable machine. With taut haunches and swept shoulder lines that flow front to rear, the 2010 MKT Lincoln just says “bite me”--so do it. Its full-width tail lamps add to this aggressive look, as do the pair of pipes that promise power. The aura continues inside where the smell of leather is right there; the band of wood accents permeate a cabin where hard plastics almost feel softer than they are.
There are two power choices for the 2010 Lincoln MKT: a 3.7-liter V-6 and an EcoBoost 3.5-liter direct injection twin-turbo option. The vehicle tested is the base version with a 268 horsepower Duratec 24-valve 3.7-liter V-6 that gives 267 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm. How high can it go? Well, the engine redline is 6,500 and at 70 mph the tachometer reads all of 1,800 rpm. Thanks for that low engine speed at 70 mph goes to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifting available when the tranny is placed in “M” rather than “D”. The paddles are easy to work and will do the downshifting for you at traffic lights. Isn’t that nice of them?
Fully independent suspension features gas pressured twin tube shock absorbers front and rear that damp the car quite nicely. The turning circle is an acceptable 40.7 feet. While not quite as snooze-inducing as some older Lincoln models, the ride is extremely compliant. It rides on Hankook Optima P235/55 tires mounted to 16-spoke 19-inch wheels that are standard for this vehicle.
How large is the MKT? This six-seat front-wheel drive Lincoln MKT stands 207.6 inches long, 76 inches wide, 67.4 inches tall and rides on a 117.9-inch wheelbase. It weighs a hefty 4,499 pounds, which is why the acceleration of the base SEL model isn’t anything to write home about. Still, the MKT will tow 4,500 pounds, giving it some use over the summer months for those who have boats to schlep, along with their children, jet-skis or whatever other toys are in the family camp.
The Cinnamon Metallic MKT driven here has a light stone premium leather interior. It also has a list price of $52,180 including $795 delivery charges. The options are an Elite package of voice activated navigation, near-cabin-long power panoramic vista roof and acoustic side door glass. Lincoln fits adaptive cruise control for $1,295, a second row refrigeration console for $895 and second row bucket seats for $995. Base prices start at $44,200.
Living inside this Lincoln isn’t difficult. It has the customary-for-class start/stop button to activate, keyless remote for all four doors and power liftgate, adaptive high intensity discharge headlamps, a single CD-audio with Sirius satellite radio, ambient interior lighting and the Sync/Microsoft system that’s ubiquitous in most Ford family vehicles. Add to that the delicious leather seats that are heated and cooled (front and second row) and have lumbar support for the driver.