The MKT may go down in history as a well engineered car that missed the mark on the styling front. Lincoln is quickly moving through its line-up with an updated design theme but it only seems to emphasize the age of this MKT’s design.
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2018 Lincoln MKT Overview
What's New for 2018
There are no significant changes for the 2018 model-year Lincoln MKT.
Choosing Your Lincoln MKT
Because the MKT came from long ago when Lincoln’s budgets were much tighter, there’s an obvious tie with Ford, from the mechanicals to the interior layout.
The available powertrains come in two combinations, front-wheel drive with a 3.7-liter V-6 and all-wheel drive with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, both of which are shared with the mechanically similar Ford Flex with which it shares an assembly line at Ford's Oakville, Ontario factory.
The 3.7-liter generates 303 horsepower and 279 pound-feet of torque and while the optional turbocharged engine packs 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The two-wheel drive model earns 16 miles per gallon city, 24 mpg highway, 19 combined. Adding all-wheel drive and the more powerful engine reduces those ratings to 15, 21, 17 mpg, respectively.
Everything the Lincoln MKT can do, the Ford Flex can do as well, and for less money and without the polarizing looks. That said, both minivan alternatives are getting seriously old, and should only be considered by consumers if there's a pile of cash on the hood. Even then, newer competitors should be given a hard look before signing up for an MKT.
2018 Lincoln MKT Review
As of late, Lincoln has done a pretty good job of reskinning Fords and casting them as luxury cars, SUVs, and crossovers, but there are always exceptions. One such exception is the MKT, which is a repackaged Ford Flex that looks like it flowed straight from the mind of a disgruntled designer finishing up their last day on the job before heading to his new gig at Cadillac. Despite its funky looks, the 2018 Lincoln MKT has some redeeming qualities in its cabin and under its hood, but are these redemptions enough to make this crossover your daily grocery getter? Keep reading to find out.
Unless you really need the extra juice the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 provides, then the base Premiere trim should suffice. This trim’s 3.7-liter V6 delivers adequate power at 303 horsepower, while its standard 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, HID headlights, heated and cooled seats, remote start, and power liftgate add some value to its $44,455 base price.
- Model: 2018 Lincoln MKT Premiere
- Engine: 3.7-liter V6
- Output: 303 hp / 279 lb-ft
- Transmission: Six-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- Fuel Economy: 16 City / 24 Hwy
- Options: N/A
- Base Price: $44,455 (including a $925 destination charge)
- Best Value Price: $44,455
The MKT may not look the part of an athlete, but its twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 turns this behemoth into something of a sprinter. It’ll never outgun some of the best athletes in its class, but it punches well above its weight. Sticking with the base 3.7-liter engine is far from a penalty too, as its 303 hp go to good use moving this long crossover.
Comfort is spot on in this people-hauler, as its long wheelbase and cushy chassis do a great job absorbing New York-size potholes. Plus, the sound deadening does a great job only letting a small percentage of engine noise into the cabin.
Combining a big V6 with a large, heavy crossover never bodes well at the pump, and the 2018 MKT is no exception. The base engine swallows fuel at a rate of 16 miles per gallon city, 24 highway, and 19 combined. The turbocharged V6 is even thirstier at 15 mpg city, 21 highway, and 17 combined.
Interior and Exterior
Inside, the Lincoln MKT feels well-sorted, as its proportions are good, and the dash is simply laid out. Standard leather upholstery and wood trim make it feel luxurious, while its soft ride and lack of engine noise keeps things peaceful.
Where the MKT really excels, though, is hauling cargo and people. It can swallow up to 76 cubic feet of cargo with the second- and third-row seats folded, 39.6 cubes with just the third row folded, and 17.9 cubes with all the seats upright. The second-row passengers have plenty of room to stretch out thanks to the MKT’s 41.8 inches of leg room. The third row is tighter at just 33 inches of leg room, but it’s still okay for shorter trips.
Unfortunately, the 2018 Lincoln MKT’s body is the antithesis of style. Its nose is disproportionately long, and its big ridge heading down the hood does it no favors. Around back, Lincoln’s signature taillights are massive and look as if they’re ripped straight from the 1970s.
The Interior isn’t free from flaws either, as its captive-touch buttons are a major distraction when trying to do something as simple as adjusting the climate control.
The Best and Worst Things
The 2018 Lincoln MKT’s composed ride and comfortable cabin are perfect for long-haul trips. Plus, no matter the powertrain flavor you choose, it performs decently for its class.
You’ll also get plenty of stares at stop lights. Sadly, they won’t be stares of envy. These stares will be people trying to figure out what in the world that “thing” is you’re driving.
Right For? Wrong For?
The Lincoln MKT is perfect for the avid traveler who has a few kiddos in tow. Its first- and second-row seats are very comfortable and plenty roomy for the long haul. Plus, there's lots of room for luggage.
However, those looking for a stylish luxury crossover will be disappointed by this recast Ford Flex. Its big, disproportionate, and not quite luxurious enough to compete with German metal.
The Bottom Line
It may not be pretty, but the MKT does a few things very well – namely, haul people and cargo comfortably. If this is your main concern, the 2018 Lincoln MKT is the perfect rig for you. Otherwise, there are plenty of other three-row luxury crossovers to choose from.