Lincoln’s upscale crossover, the MKT, hasn’t sold in significant numbers but the vehicle soldiers on into yet another model year with minimal changes. That’s because Lincoln will be introducing a heavily-facelifted 2013 model this fall, but that doesn’t mean the 2012 MKT isn’t worth a look.
The cabin of the MKT is the best place to start. It’s huge compared to many of its rivals and will easily accommodate six or seven passengers. The second-row can be optioned for two or three seats and we can attest that three adults can sit comfortably here. Two adults can fit in the third-row as well, though for longer distances we’d say that this should be relegated for kids only.
Thankfully, the styling of the cabin is different to the polarizing look out of the exterior. Here, soft tones, tight fit and finish and muted textures give the MKT one of Lincoln’s best-rendered interiors.
Two different powertrains are available to MKT buyers: a 3.7-liter Duratec V-6 with 268 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Drive is sent to the wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission, though drivers are able to shift gears manual using a pair of paddle-shifters located behind the steering wheel. Front-wheel drive is standard on the 3.7-liter model, while all-wheel drive comes standard on the MKT EcoBoost.
It can truly hustle, as an EcoBoost, and if it didn't weigh so much (around 5,000 pounds), or sit so long, its handling would come off as even more capable. Fuel economy isn’t great, though, coming in at 17/24 mpg city/highway in its most efficient form.
Being a family-oriented vehicle, the 2012 MKT comes with a ton of standard safety including curtain airbags and stability control, as well as parking sensors, blind-spot monitors and a rearview camera. Other features bundled in as standard equipment include a huge fixed sunroof; dual-zone climate control; a keyless entry pad hidden on the door frame; pushbutton start with MyKey, which lets drivers set safety features like radio volume and maximum speed; and SYNC, Ford's Bluetooth-driven voice controller for audio, phone and navigation systems.
Whether you’re a fan or not, you’ll be seeing a lot of the MKT in coming years as Ford will be using the crossover as its replacement for the Town Car in the livery business. It will be going up against the new 2013 Cadillac XTS, which GM will also be heavily promoting to hire car services.
For a more detailed look at the 2012 Lincoln MKT, head over to our sister site The Car Connection for the full review.