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Matthew Pilgrim
Automotive Editor - February 23, 2018

Expert Rating

2.8 (Fair)
16 City / 23 Highway

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2018 Lincoln MKT OVERVIEW

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.

What's New for 2018

There are no significant changes for the 2018 model-year Lincoln MKT.

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.


The Premiere trim, $44,455 (including the mandatory $925 destination charge) features a rearview camera, 19-inch wheels, Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system and an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 10-speaker audio system, proximity entry, and a power tailgate.

The front seats are 12-way adjustable, heated, ventilated, and are covered with perforated leather. The power adjustable pedals are tied into the seat and mirror position memory system. Remote engine start, ambient lighting, and rain sensing wipers round out the notable features included as standard. Three-zone climate control should keep most cabin occupants comfy.

The sole option on the base MKT are its inflatable second-row seatbelts, demanding a modest $250.


The Reserve trim, $49,950, brings the more powerful EcoBoost engine and all-wheel drive into the equation, as well as an adaptive suspension for improved ride balance. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert along with a THX II audio system, navigation, a heated steering wheel, and a power-folding rear seat. Only with this trim are there available options.

The Technology Package, $2,000, includes the remaining expected active safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist with lane departure warning, and as a bonus, active park assist. A panoramic sunroof is a $1,595 option while larger 20-inch chrome wheels are available for $1,350. The second row bench can be replaced with two captains chairs for $950, while adding a refrigerator between the two is an $895 option.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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