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Lincoln Mark LT Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.4 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 300 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/16 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2008 Lincoln Mark LT

  • Although it provides a lot of luxury for the money, the 2008 Lincoln Mark LT's upgrades don't justify its price jump over the otherwise very similar Ford F-150.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Plush interior accommodations, smooth and quiet ride, real truck usability.

  • Cons

    Too similar to the F-150 on which it's based, too much hard plastic trim inside, missing key safety features.

  • What's New for 2008

    The 2008 Lincoln Mark LT gets a few new features. An optional rearview camera eases parking, while standard satellite radio provides additional audio entertainment. Remote engine start (a dealer-installed option) is also newly available.

Full 2008 Lincoln Mark LT Review

What's New for 2008

The 2008 Lincoln Mark LT gets a few new features. An optional rearview camera eases parking, while standard satellite radio provides additional audio entertainment. Remote engine start (a dealer-installed option) is also newly available.


Americans love pickup trucks. They also like luxury. So it makes sense that there are some people out there who want both. For them, there's the 2008 Lincoln Mark LT luxury pickup. Based on the full-size Ford F-150 pickup, the Mark LT gains a bit of differentiation via its big Lincoln waterfall grille, additional chrome trim, special taillights and flashy wheels. Inside the cabin, wood accents and handsomely tailored leather seats give the initial impression expected of a premium brand.

The Lincoln offers a lot of luxury for the money, but it doesn't take much scrutiny to realize that the LT has but one degree of separation from the F-150. Disappointingly, the LT has the same basic interior design and hard plastic interior panels, and doesn't really offer any features that you can't get on the Ford. Look at an F-150 King Ranch and you'll be looking at pretty much the same truck.

In this ultra-niche segment, the 2008 Lincoln Mark LT faces just one direct competitor, the Cadillac Escalade EXT. And the Caddy, due to its superior performance, more refined cabin and greater functionality, is easily the better luxury pickup truck. If, by chance, you find yourself choosing the Mark LT, you'll likely want to make your purchase this year -- it's expected that Lincoln will discontinue the truck after 2008 due to slow sales.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2008 Lincoln Mark LT luxury pickup is offered in one crew cab body style with a choice of two bed lengths: a 5.5-footer or a 6.5-footer. Both versions are available with two- or four-wheel drive. All Mark LTs come loaded with features, including 18-inch alloy wheels, plenty of chrome trim (including the grille, bumpers, mirrors and lower body side), leather seating, real wood trim, power and heated front seats, and driver-seat memory. A 300-watt stereo with satellite radio, an in-dash CD changer and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls is also standard.

Most options are grouped in a handful of available packages. The Power package gets you a sunroof, power-adjustable pedals, power-folding side mirrors and a power-sliding rear window. The Elite package includes the Power package's equipment plus a voice-activated navigation system, a rearview camera, reverse park assist, chrome running boards, a limited-slip differential and a trailer towing package. Individual options include 20-inch chrome wheels, chrome running boards, skid plates and more aggressive all-terrain tires.

Powertrains and Performance

A 5.4-liter V8 that makes 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque is matched to a four-speed automatic transmission. Although it has a smooth power delivery, the Ford-sourced V8 makes more noise than forward progress. With only four widely spaced gears to work with, the Mark LT takes 9.6 seconds to reach 60 mph, nearly 3 seconds slower than the Escalade EXT.

Although it's not quick, the Mark LT has enough torque to handle typical towing jobs with ease. Towing capacity, at 8,900 pounds, is more than respectable.


Antilock disc brakes are standard, but side airbags and stability control are not available. In government crash testing, the 2008 Lincoln Mark LT earned a perfect five-star rating for its crashworthiness in frontal impacts. Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn't crash-tested a Lincoln Mark LT, it gave the similar Ford F-150 the highest possible rating of "Good" in frontal-offset crash testing.

Interior Design and Special Features

With wide, accommodating seats, the Lincoln Mark LT's interior looks the part of a luxury car. Contrasting piping around the seats gives the cabin an extra measure of elegance, while lots of leather and chrome drive the point home. As good as it looks at first, however, the Mark's humble origins are quickly revealed. Apart from the fancy seats and Lincoln symbols, one might as well be in a high-end F-150, complete with its many hard plastic surfaces and stock Ford switchgear.

Driving Impressions

Around town, the 2008 Lincoln Mark LT has a remarkably refined ride, and negotiating the mall parking lot is easy thanks to the truck's quick, well-weighted steering. The Lincoln is similarly at ease on the highway, but in its effort to feel refined, every control feels carefully insulated from the road, as if you were driving an old Lincoln Continental. A stopping distance of 134 feet from 60 mph is good for such a heavy vehicle, though the brake pedal could benefit by having a firmer, more positive feel.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Nice truck

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Vehicle: 2008 Lincoln Mark LT 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 5.5 ft. SB (5.4L 8cyl 4A)

The Mark is a pleasant truck that will do all I ask of it in hauling a boat comfortably. I like the features of sunroof, heated seats, a tad of leather and satellite radio. The reverse scanning system is top-notch. I find the Mark is first and foremost a truck. The Escalade, my other consideration was too elaborate for my needs.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

Not for everyone, but perfect

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Vehicle: 2008 Lincoln Mark LT 4dr SuperCrew 5.5 ft. SB (5.4L 8cyl 4A)

I am 61 my wife is 55. This truck meets our needs perfectly. We wanted a truck that we could occasionly use for hauling as well as an excellent highway cruiser and mall hauler. We chose the white chocolate exterior and parchiment interior. I find the build quality to be excellent. Our truck did have a cloudy drivers side mirror and was replaced under warranty. The stereo with Sirius radio is outstanding. The 5.4L engine has plenty of power. My wife drove the truck from Palm Springs to the SF Bay Area a distance of about 600 miles and loved the way it drove and felt. There are still some 08's still available and I would say if you are looking for an upscale pickup this just might be it.

Talk About The 2008 Mark LT

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Last month, the Mark LT sold exactly 562 units. Even the Nissan Titan sold 10 times as many (5871). In fact, that Titan sales for August 08 are larger than the Mark LT sales for the first 8 months o...

And why the heck do they have a "Mark LT" that is a pickup truck??? Is there anyone at Lincoln who recalls that the "Mark" name has always been applied to coupes (maybe some seda...

of the spectrum (Fusion/Milan, 500/Montego, F150/Mark LT, Edge/MKX, etc.) and shared platforms or architecture but with trule model differentiation on the other end (Fusion/Edge, LS/Type S, Mazda3/Vo...

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