2012 Lincoln MKT Base
(3.5L V6 Twin-turbo AWD 6-speed Automatic w/EcoBoost)
What our ratings include
Date Driven: 3/30/2011 (2011 3.5L V6 AWD w/EcoBoost)
Our test car's Ecoboost twin-turbo V6 produces plenty of acceleration for merging and passing. The Ecoboost engine also comes with shift paddles in case you want to choose your own gears.
The MKT handles predictably, although with modest limits and an appropriate level of understeer. It steers accurately, but the effort level is on the low side.
Ride quality is smooth and cabin isolation is good despite large 20-inch wheels and low-profile rubber. The seats are well-sculpted and offer a good balance between support and softness.
The MKT's sleek shape contributes to low wind noise levels. Dual-pane front side window glass helps here, too. All in all, the MKT delivers on the expectations of quietness that we all associate with Lincoln.
Most of the controls are logically grouped by function and easy to figure out. The buttons and their labels could stand to be a bit larger, though.
A rising rear beltline and sinking roofline conspire to pinch-off rear visibility, which is poor. The rear back-up camera is a must, but it can do nothing to fill-in the large blind spots.
Seat Access & Space
Here, too, the raked styling exacts a price. The MKT's third row lacks headroom for adults and there's less second-row legroom than the Ford Flex. Getting in and out of the first and second rows is easy because of very narrow door sills.
Cargo & Storage
Styling takes a bite out of cargo space, as the sloping rear hatch and lower roofline eat into maximum capacity. The MKT still carries a good amount, but it's notably less capable than its squarer cousin, the Ford Flex.
You'll find rich-looking materials throughout the cabin of the MKT.
The optional Class III tow package brings the MKT's tow rating up to 4,500 pounds and includes pre-wiring for 4- and 7-pin tow connectors. The EcoBoost V6 provides plenty of power to handle the weight comfortably, too.