2017 Lincoln MKT

2017 Lincoln MKT
2017 Lincoln MKT

Pros

  • Generous amount of standard features
  • Optional turbocharged V6 provides strong acceleration

Cons

  • Tight rear headroom and luggage space
  • Dated interior design and controls
  • Base MKT isn't particularly rewarding to drive


Which MKT does Edmunds recommend?

There's only one MKT to get in our opinion: the 2017 MKT EcoBoost. This version comes with the more desirable turbocharged V6 engine. If you're frequently hauling around a lot of people and gear, or plan on some towing, you'll definitely appreciate the added power. The EcoBoost also comes with standard all-wheel drive, which will be helpful if you frequently drive in wet or snowy weather. On the base MKT, you can't get AWD at all. We also recommend the optional Elite and Technology packages to ensure you're getting the most the MKT has to offer, particularly in regard to safety.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

The 2017 Lincoln MKT is a solid option for consumers shopping for a six- or seven-passenger luxury crossover or wagon. It comes with plenty of upscale features, and its available turbocharged V6 delivers potent acceleration. But the MKT's dated design limits its overall appeal.

Lincoln's MKT is related to the Ford Flex, and both vehicles have been around for many years now without a full redesign. As such, the MKT's cabin doesn't look particularly rich or upscale compared to what you'll find in fresher rivals. The MKT's angled rear window also puts the squeeze on headroom and the amount of gear you can carry behind the seats. Overall, we think you'll be happier with some other rival three-row luxury crossovers, but if you're mainly interested in getting a well-equipped and reasonably priced crossover, the MKT will likely satisfy.

Trim levels & features

The 2017 Lincoln MKT is a large luxury crossover wagon with three rows of seats. It's offered in two trim levels: MKT and MKT with EcoBoost. Seven-passenger seating is standard, but optional second-row captain's chairs reduce capacity to six. The base MKT has a 3.7-liter V6 (303 horsepower, 278 pound-feet of torque), and the MKT EcoBoost gets a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (365 hp, 350 lb-ft of torque). We like the added power of the EcoBoost, but either way you'll be getting plenty of standard features.

The base MKT, which is front-wheel-drive only, comes with features such as 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, automatic wipers, keyless ignition and entry, remote engine start, a fixed glass sunroof, rear parking sensors, a power liftgate and a rearview camera. Inside, you'll find tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power front seats, heated 60/40-split folding second-row seats (outboard only), 50/50-split folding third-row seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings and retractable manual second-row sunshades. Technology features include the Sync 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone app integration, and a 10-speaker sound system.

The MKT EcoBoost trim level is equipped similarly but adds adaptive suspension dampers and standard all-wheel drive.

With the EcoBoost, you can also add extra optional features. We recommend the optional Elite package, which provides a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, power-folding third-row seats (including a tailgate seating feature), a heated steering wheel, a navigation system and a 14-speaker premium audio system. The optional Technology package (available only in combination with the Elite package) includes adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system, a lane departure warning/intervention system and an automatic parallel-parking assist system.

Stand-alone options for the EcoBoost model include 20-inch wheels, heated and ventilated sliding second-row captain's chairs (reducing capacity from seven to six passengers), a second-row refrigerator console (between the captain's chairs), a panoramic sunroof (power) and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Driving

The base MKT's acceleration is underwhelming. We prefer the stronger power and more buttoned-down feel of the MKT EcoBoost. The turbocharged V6 has plenty of grunt for passing, and the EcoBoost's exclusive adaptive suspension improves this big wagon's agility without degrading ride quality.

Comfort

The MKT earns high marks for its comfortable ride quality and supportive front seats. Opt for the heated and cooled second-row captain's chairs, and the rear-seat occupants will have it just as good. Third-row seats are another matter entirely, however, and lack sufficient head- and legroom.

Interior

The MKT's interior design does little to inspire or impress. The materials quality is fine, but the all-black dash and dated, commonplace look to the center control layout are far from luxurious.

Utility

The MKT has just 17.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the third-row seats. Fold the second- and third-row seats down, and you end up with a more useful 75.9 cubic feet of storage. But either way, the MKT's sloped rear hatch makes it tough to load bulkier items.

Technology

We like the Sync 3 infotainment system that features a large touchscreen and an easy-to-use interface. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow you to easily incorporate many of the apps on your smartphone right into the in-dash display screen.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$43,530
MPG
16 city / 24 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
303 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$49,025
MPG
15 city / 21 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
365 hp @ 5700 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite MKT safety features:

Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support
This system alerts you before you might collide with the vehicle ahead of you. But unlike most systems, it won't automatically brake for you.
Lane Keeping System
Warns you if you're drifting out of your lane and can automatically steer to help you stay in your lane.
Inflatable 2nd-Row Outboard Seat Belts
Lincoln says they can help further reduce the chance of injury compared to traditional seat belts.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.4%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2017 Lincoln MKT

Virtually every item in your grocery store has a "Best If Used By" date on it. Of course we all realize that, despite those suggestions, it's not like any given product is going to suddenly go bad when that day rolls around. Well, much the same can be said for cars such as the 2017 Lincoln MKT.

To wit, this full-size luxury crossover's main flaw is simply that it's a bit past its expiration date. You see, both the MKT and the boxier Ford Flex on which it's based haven't seen a serious update for the better part of a decade, and the two are starting to show their age around the edges.

It's the little things you notice, details that aren't quite up to par with those of the latest luxury models. Interiors are comfortable and have a quality feel, but they just don't look as posh as more recently redesigned models. The all-black trim on the dash is a good example of a material that looks past its prime.

The MKT, which is offered in six- or seven-passenger seating configurations, has some practical issues as well. While leg- and headroom in the first two rows of seats is generous, the lack of both make the third row a place for preteens only. Besides cutting into headroom, that sloping rear roofline also limits cargo-carrying capacity somewhat, especially compared to the more accommodating boxy rear end of the Ford Flex.

What's under the hood is another potential issue. The stock 3.7-liter V6 provides just middling performance, which leads us to strongly recommend stepping up to the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that comes standard with all-wheel drive. It delivers more kick in everyday driving and improved cargo-carrying and towing capability. To our way of thinking, the EPA fuel economy estimates — 19 mpg combined (16 city/24 highway) for the base engine versus 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway) with the EcoBoost — are close enough to make the more powerful engine worth the extra cost.

Among the MKT's strongest draws is its level of standard equipment, a long list that includes such desirable features as 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, automatic wipers, leather upholstery with heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats, keyless entry and ignition, and the Sync 3 system with an 8-inch touchscreen and advanced Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. The EcoBoost model is also eligible for a couple of worthwhile options, including the Elite package, which adds safety (blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert) and convenience items (a heated steering wheel, power-folding third-row seats, a navigation system and a upgraded 14-speaker audio system). When your MKT is so equipped, you can also order the Technology package, which bundles adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system, lane departure warning and intervention, and automatic parallel-parking assist.

All that said, we feel the 2017 Lincoln MKT has reached an age where you'd be well advised to compare it carefully against fresher luxury crossover products before making up your mind. Let Edmunds help you find the right luxury crossover for your needs.

2017 Lincoln MKT Overview

The 2017 Lincoln MKT is offered in the following submodels: MKT Wagon. Available styles include 4dr Wagon (3.7L 6cyl 6A), and 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A).

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Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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