As American tastes shift from truck-based SUVs to car-based crossovers, Lincoln has responded with the MKT, a dramatically styled CUV that shares a platform with the Ford Flex.
After significant changes last year, the MKT carries on in 2014 with relatively few changes.
The MKT's design has proven controversial -- some see an elegant design that references great Lincolns of the past, while others see a vehicle that bears an unfortunate resemblance to a hearse. Either way, the MKT provides well-crafted interior with more standard features than you might expect.
Under the Hood
The base MKT comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 303 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. Handling is surprisingly nimble.
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is standard on the all-wheel drive version of the MKT. Though slightly smaller than the base motor, it generates an impressive 365 horsepower to go along with 350 pound-feet of torque, making the MKT downright swift.
The 3.7-liter engine gets 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, while the 3.5-liter V6 returns 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
The MKT is fun to drive and much more responsive than your usual SUV, although not everyone will appreciate MyLincoln Touch.
The base MKT does without standard features buyers might expect at this price point -- a navigation system, for instance. But it does offer leather upholstery, push-button start and a 3.7-liter V6 with more horsepower than a Lexus RX 350.
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 packs significantly more pop at 365 horsepower. Features like navigation, MyLincoln Touch and a new lane-keeping system are also available.
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Excellent safety features, but an aging design
Less expensive and more fun to drive, but not nearly as luxurious
More athletic but less space and more expensive
Less controversial design and fewer features, but much less expensive