The 2019 Lincoln MKT is a three-row luxury crossover that has returned for a new model year. Based off the ancient Ford Flex, the MKT still bears the controversial styling of Lincolns former corporate grille while the rest of Lincoln's lineup has been altered into something much more compelling. Still, for those in need of seven seats and luxurious trimmings, it can do the job.
2019 Lincoln MKT Overview
What's New for 2019
The Lincoln MKT has several new standard features, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, all-wheel drive, and a heated steering wheel. Additionally, the base engine is now the previously optional 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6, while the former base 303-hp V6 engine is no longer available.
Choosing Your Lincoln MKT
The Lincoln MKT makes it simple when it comes to powertrain choices, with a single engine option for 2019. This engine is a powerful twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that's good for 365 hp and 350 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Fuel economy is pretty abysmal, with EPA ratings of 15 miles per gallon city, 21 mpg highway, and 17 combined. This is all the same running gear as the Ford Flex, and the two vehicles are built side by side on the same assembly line.
Additionally, all trims are equipped with an adaptive suspension to help smooth out the road, and Lincoln keeps it simple with limited options and trim levels.
2019 Lincoln MKT Review
For fleet duty, for the most part. Now in its 10th model year, the Lincoln MKT has received mostly modest updates since it debuted. Sales have never been anywhere near the Ford Flex, its mainstream cousin.
In recent years, Lincoln has stepped up the MKT’s fleet availability. It's marketed to commercial operators as a limousine and sometimes finds duty as a hearse. Stretch versions add as much as 10 feet between the wheels. Not to mention, this could be the model's final year.
For these reasons, it's often difficult to find a 2019 Lincoln MKT. If you want one, you'll likely need to work with your Lincoln dealer to acquire it.
Just one powertrain and drivetrain combination. Earlier versions of the Lincoln MKT offered two engine options and your choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Now, all models are powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with all-wheel drive.
The V6 has an output of 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Its horsepower and torque ratings are achieved with premium grade gasoline. Fuel economy isn't a strong suit, as this model earns an EPA-estimated 15 miles per gallon city, 21 mpg highway, and 17 combined.
More standard features this year. Lincoln offers the 2019 MKT in just two trims: Standard and Reserve. The good news is that both come well equipped.
Every model comes with adaptive xenon headlights, automatic high beams, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, an adaptive suspension, and keyless entry and ignition. Inside, three-zone climate control, leather seats, power-folding second- and third-row seats, and a heated steering wheel are also standard.
On the flip side, the MKT’s main roster of safety equipment only becomes standard with the more expensive Reserve trim. It comes with Lincoln's Technology Package, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assist. Competing models from Lexus, BMW, and Cadillac offer these features standard or across more trim levels.
Roomy for five, not so much for seven. Lincoln supplies room for seven across three rows, although the middle bench seat may be exchanged for a pair of bucket seats. Regardless of your choice, the third row is best used by children.
The standard cargo space is quite small, measuring in at just 17.3 cubic feet. Fold the third row and that space measures in at 39.6 cubic feet, rivaling most other two-row SUVs. If you need extra space, the MKT offers 75.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, ideal for hauling home your yard sale finds.
Final thoughts. Far from ever becoming a popular model, the 2019 Lincoln MKT nevertheless appeals to a slim segment of luxury buyers who prefer a wagon-like utility vehicle. There's really nothing that directly competes with it, although the Volvo V90 comes closest.
Low demand for the MKT means Lincoln manages inventory closely. That said, you’re likely to find the usual lease, bonus cash, and financing offers. You may also find it easier to negotiate a better deal than you would on any of Lincoln’s other models.