Lincoln MKT vs Mercedes-Benz ML350

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, Automotive Editor - January 21, 2015

The Lincoln MKT and Mercedes ML350 offer a similar amount of power for a price that isn't dramatically different -- but don't let those facts fool you. These are two different breeds of luxury CUV.

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What the Lincoln MKT Gets Right

Unlike the ML350, an MKT comes with standard seven-passenger seating. A 3.7-liter V6 delivers solid performance with 303 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, a bit more than the Mercedes-Benz. Even with more power and fewer gears in its six-speed automatic, Lincoln’s big CUV still gets around 25 mpg highway in front-wheel drive form.

The MKT's looks are controversial, however. Where some see stylistic references to the Zephyrs and Continentals of the past, others see a vehicle that looks a bit like a hearse. The interior is also starting to show its age when compared to the ML350.

What the Mercedes-Benz ML350 Gets Right

The Mercedes ML350 may only seat five, but it's also not the largest of the brand's SUV fleet. Though it isn't more powerful than the MKT, an ML350 can still tow 6,600 pounds -- more than three times the MKT's 2,000-pound limit. There's even a transfer case and skid plates for those who plan to leave the pavement.

Cargo capacity in the M-Class is also substantial -- 38 cubic feet with rear seats up, and 80 cubit feet when they're folded. There are a few areas where the ML350 comes short, though, like the lack of standard features like leather upholstery or a driver's seat with memory.

Which is the Better Luxury CUV?

The Lincoln includes more standard equipment at a lower price. But the Mercedes-Benz offers a better mix of performance and utility. In an all-around sense, the ML350 is the stronger choice.

Our Verdict: Mercedes-Benz ML350

With its towing capability, off-road ability, cargo space and refined engineering, the ML350 is a clear win.

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, Automotive Editor

Harvey is an enthusiast who has been involved with automotive endeavors of all sorts. From making his own videos, to creating his own auto blog called "Manually Shifted Soul," to creating photographic automotive art out of a 460,000 mile Toyota Echo. He is a permanent fixture in the online automotive world, with presence in various forums and websites, interjecting earthy auto wisdom that has piqued a unique interest among many.


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