Elite Package ($4,000 -- includes THX II surround-sound stereo with DVD audio/video and 14 speakers, panoramic sunroof, blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert, satellite radio and a hard-drive-based navigation system with Sirius Travel Link); Adaptive Cruise Control With Collision Avoidance ($1,295); Second-Row Bucket Seats ($995); Second-Row Refrigerator Console ($895); Active Park Assist ($595), Aluminum Interior Trim ($195).
Transverse-mounted twin-turbocharged V6
3,490cc (213 cu-in)
Double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and variable valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
355 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
350 @ 3,500
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.484; II = 2.872; III = 1.842; IV = 1.414; V = 1.000; VI = 0.742; Final drive = 3.16
The EcoBoost V6 makes more than adequate power. Best launched in "D" because manual shifting is really just a gear-holding option for engine braking.
Either this car is suffering from a serious case of "green" fade (unlikely -- it has more than 4,000 miles on the clock) or the MKT is severely under-braked. Significant fade during acceleration tests forced a break in the action to cool things down.
Skid pad: Just mat the throttle and steer. The stability control can't be disabled, so there's little point in finessing it. Slalom: The MKT feels like it rolls more than a Flex, but the numbers are about the same. Non-defeat stability control intervenes strongly unless driven smoothly.