2010 Lincoln MKT Review

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful and fuel-efficient turbocharged V6 option, nicely balanced ride and handling, quiet interior, long list of standard features and cutting-edge options.
  • Third-row seat's lack of headroom, steep price tag for turbo V6 model, questionable exterior styling.
List Price Estimate
$7,110 - $10,205

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Edmunds' Expert Review

From its turbocharged V6 to its quiet and upscale interior, the all-new 2010 Lincoln MKT has a lot going for it. Unfortunately, we think its quirky styling and relatively steep price tag compared to other luxury crossovers may limit its appeal.

Vehicle overview

Remember how comedian Rodney Dangerfield used to tilt his head, adjust his necktie, and proclaim "Oooohhh, tough crowd!" when some of his material didn't go over quite as well as he'd hoped? Well, we think that classic line neatly describes what the all-new 2010 Lincoln MKT luxury crossover is up against.

You see, while this gussied-up version of the midsize Ford Flex is likable enough, it's debuting at a time when there are dozens of very good competitors -- including both luxury crossovers like the Audi Q7 and deluxe versions of mainstream models like the Flex Limited -- already on the market. Virtually all these upscale models are strong contenders, blessed with stylish exteriors and comfortable passenger cabins filled with lots of cutting-edge doodads.

What most of those competitors don't have, however, is a powertrain as good as the MKT's "EcoBoost" twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. It puts out an impressive 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque and also gets a respectable EPA-estimated 22 mpg on the highway. Other advantages include a very smooth and quiet ride, respectable handling ability and a massive list of standard and optional equipment that includes such options as a hard-drive-based navigation system, adaptive cruise control and a refrigerated box for rear-seat passengers.

That said, the 2010 Lincoln MKT has a few shortcomings that keep us from giving it a more enthusiastic thumbs-up. These include somewhat contrived exterior styling and a third-row seat that has significantly less headroom than the Ford Flex's. Price might also be an issue, as the Flex (you can get the EcoBoost engine in it, too) costs less. Still, the new MKT has a lot going for it and compares well to vehicles like the Acura MDX, Buick Enclave and Mercedes-Benz R-Class. It used to be that people gave "no respect, no respect at all" to Lincoln, but the MKT might just be the vehicle to change that.

2010 Lincoln MKT models

The 2010 Lincoln MKT is a six- or seven-passenger crossover SUV offered in two trim levels: base and turbocharged "EcoBoost." Standard equipment for both includes an oversized, fixed panoramic sunroof, adaptive xenon headlights with an auto-high beam feature, 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch wheels for the EcoBoost), keyless ignition/entry, rear parking sensors and a power liftgate. Inside, you'll find leather seating, 12-way heated and ventilated power front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, power-adjustable pedals, driver memory settings, a tilt/telescoping steering column, tri-zone automatic climate control, retractable second-row sunshades, a rear 110-volt power outlet and an 8-inch touchscreen that displays audio and climate controls and the image from the standard rearview camera. On the entertainment front there is a 10-speaker audio system with a 10-gigabyte hard drive, satellite radio, and the Sync system that offers voice control for MP3 players and cell phones.

As if that weren't enough, the MKT can be decked out with adaptive cruise control, an automated parallel-park feature, a navigation system, the Sirius Travel Link service, a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system, a powered panoramic sunroof, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, second-row heated and ventilated bucket seats (which drops seating capacity to six), a second-row center console with a built-in refrigerator/freezer, and a power-folding third-row seat.

2010 Highlights

The 2010 Lincoln MKT is an all-new midsize seven-passenger luxury crossover.

Performance & mpg

Entry-level MKT models get a 3.7-liter V6 that puts out 268 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. It's connected to a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift feature that can be accessed via steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available as an option. The MKT EcoBoost is blessed with a more muscular, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that puts out an impressive 355 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. The same six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system are standard.

Fuel economy numbers are just average for the midsize crossover category, with the front-wheel-drive base model returning 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway on regular 87-octane gas. The more powerful EcoBoost V6 should do nearly as well according to Lincoln engineers, who expect it to return EPA estimates of 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway on premium fuel.


The 2010 Lincoln MKT comes standard with electronic stability control, antilock disc brakes, front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags that cover all three rows.

There are also several new high-tech safety features, including the Collision Warning with Brake Support system that comes as part of the optional Adaptive Cruise Control package. The system flashes a warning on the windshield when sensors detect slower-moving traffic ahead and then pre-charges the brake system to reduce braking distances for an ensuing panic stop.

Other useful safety innovations include a rearview camera, a blind spot monitor and a "Cross Traffic Alert" system, which uses sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when backing out of a parking space with limited visibility. Finally, parents will want to take note of the available new My Key feature. A special programmable key allows mom and dad to set limits on top speed and audio system volume in order to help keep their teenage drivers out of trouble.


One look at the 2010 Lincoln MKT's substantial size and you'd likely scale back your expectations of what this new Lincoln people mover is like to drive. But the Lincoln actually drives quite nicely. Handling is surprisingly lively and the steering feels pretty responsive, even if it's a little light. Better still, engineers have tuned the suspension to deliver a refined and quiet ride quality, which is what we expect most MKT buyers are really looking for in a vehicle like this.

While we haven't had the opportunity to drive the MKT equipped with the standard 3.7-liter V6, our time behind the wheel of the EcoBoost V6-powered model has convinced us that this powertrain is the way to go. With its twin turbochargers producing abundant horsepower and torque across a wide rpm range, this new engine pulls strongly from just off idle all the way to highway (or higher) speeds. The new six-speed automatic works flawlessly as well, delivering smooth shifts and contributing to the very respectable fuel economy.


Both MKT models are offered with a choice of a six- or seven-passenger interior. Whichever layout you choose, you can expect stylish design and top-quality materials including leather upholstery and genuine wood trim. The six-passenger version swaps out the standard 60/40-split second-row bench for a pair of optional bucket seats that slide fore and aft to provide generous adult-sized legroom. Add options like the second-row console with built-in refrigerator/freezer and front headrest-mounted DVD screens and these easily become the best seats in the house.

The standard two-person split-folding third-row seat is another story altogether, as the sloping rear roof line results in a substantial loss of headroom compared to the squared-off Flex. Those looking for maximum people-moving capability should also be aware that the Buick Enclave offer seating for up to eight passengers by virtue of its three-place third-row seat, though its overall interior ambiance isn't is nice as the MKT's. The MKT's cargo space checks in with 76 cubic feet of total capacity, which is a little below average for the segment.

Consumer reviews

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Best car ever
4dr Wagon (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
This is my first Lincoln and I LOVE this car! I've owned 6 or 8 Mercedes, several Volvos, Cadillac, Chrysler and about everything in between. I traded in a 2010 Lexus RX350 with 2475 miles on it. I HATED that car! It's a new redesign and it's a joke. This Lincoln is turning out to be the best car I've ever owned. I can't say enough good about it. I special ordered and got the standard engine on purpose after trying out both. It has plenty of power and I've seen 27 mpg on the highway at 70 mph. It will always be around 25 or better.
Has it All
4dr Wagon AWD w/EcoBoost (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
The unique styling is head-turning. The ride, performance, and quality are evident from the first drive. I compared the MKT to Acura MDX, BMW X5, Buick Enclave, and Audi Q7. This is the only car with: heated AND cooled front AND 2nd row seats; Power fold 2nd AND 3rd row seats; easy entry and exit. The fridge/freezer between the 2nd row captain chairs is great. Blind spot and cross traffic alert, Voice everything-from climate, radio, weather, to Nav., adaptive cruise control, auto parallel park are all excellent features that work very well. Thanks Lincoln for making a car that does not look like any other car out there. I want to be noticed as out of the ordinary.
Love this Vehicle
4dr Wagon AWD w/EcoBoost (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
Got everything on it except, parallel parking. Self adjusting cruise control is amazing, so the the navigation system. Front brakes were replaced at 7500 miles, because of scratching sound. They will do it for free. Aside from that this car handles and performs with ease. Three hour trips are a breeze.
Edmunds is Way Off Base!
4dr Wagon AWD w/EcoBoost (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
Have about 6500 miles on the MKT - vehicle is awesome! Styling definitely stands out-not another blah Lexus look-a-like. Performance kicks u- no-what! Lincoln definitely slammed one out of the park with this one. Style, comfort, performance, utility, technology, economy - it's all there - the total package! And guess what I forgot to mention - quality - from an American company - you already know it! If you buy from someone else, you truly are non-American. There is nothing the Asian 3 can offer that surpasses this vehicle.


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

More about the 2010 Lincoln MKT
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You get what you pay for. In most cases, it's an adage that rings true when buying a car. We've often applauded exceptions to this rule — namely, products that deliver unexpected bang for the buck. Sadly, the 2010 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost three-row luxury crossover, a premium version of the Ford Flex EcoBoost, is an example of the inverse. It costs far more than a comparably equipped Flex, yet delivers significantly less value.

The MKT does offer a handful of features that aren't available on the Flex, like a unique dashboard design, optional adaptive cruise control and aluminum interior trim, but none of these are game-changers. The Flex has a luxurious cabin in its own right, and its powertrains and driving character are similar to the Lincoln's. Adding potential injury to insult, the MKT's third-row seat sacrifices space in the name of style — even adults of shorter stature will hit their heads on the roof and their knees on the second-row seatbacks. The cargo bay's size and usefulness are also compromised.

What really separates the MKT from the Flex is its distinctive shape. For those who find the exterior styling of the Flex a bit too boxy for their tastes, the MKT's sculpted and tapered look may hold more appeal. Quite frankly, though, we've heard more jeers than cheers when it comes to the MKT's appearance. In the end, you pay for more than what you get with the 2010 Lincoln MKT.

Used 2010 Lincoln MKT Overview

The Used 2010 Lincoln MKT is offered in the following submodels: MKT Wagon. Available styles include 4dr Wagon AWD w/EcoBoost (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A), 4dr Wagon (3.7L 6cyl 6A), and 4dr Wagon AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A). Pre-owned Lincoln MKT models are available with a 3.5 L-liter gas engine or a 3.7 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 355 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2010 Lincoln MKT comes with all wheel drive, and front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2010 Lincoln MKT comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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