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2018 Premiere 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $43,530
2018 Reserve 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $49,025

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.

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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.

Lincoln MKT

Premiere

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.

Lincoln MKT

Reserve

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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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.

Best Value

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

Performance

Lincoln MKT

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?

Lincoln MKT

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.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.7L V-6 / 303 HP / 278 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd SelectShift w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
16 / 24 / 20 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
7
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.7L V-6 / 303 HP / 278 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
16 / 24 / 20 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$71
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
75.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
142 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
207.6 "
Exterior Width
76.0 "
Exterior Height
67.4 "
Front Headroom
40.1 "
Rear Headroom
39.0 "
Front Legroom
41.3 "
Rear Legroom
41.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
58.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,702 Lbs.
Wheel Base
118 "
Turning Radius
21.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
19.0 " Painted Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated Convex Spotter
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
7
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
10
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
4
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Reverse Sensing System Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Securilock
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
Unlimited Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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