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2019 Lincoln MKT Overview
In Lincoln’s SUV lineup, the MKT fits between the midsize MKX and the gargantuan full-size Navigator. The MKT features minimal changes for 2019. It still includes the same basic design and distinctive styling that it had when introduced in 2010. Lincoln dropped the 303-horsepower V6, previously the base engine. The optional twin-turbo V6 now comes standard, making it the only available engine. All-wheel drive (AWD) now also comes standard across the range. Trims include a base model and the MKT Reserve. Lincoln builds the MKT on Ford’s D4 platform, making its underpinnings similar to the Ford Flex. The Flex is like the MKT, but it comes with less in the way of luxury and a lower price tag.
The twin-turbo V6 that comes in all MKTs is a 365-horsepower unit that drives all four wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. The V6 delivers more than enough power and the exhaust note is sporty for an SUV with a Lincoln badge. But at 15 mpg city, 21 mpg highway, and 17 combined, the V6 with AWD reacts more like a thirsty V8. Shoppers interested in the MKT with FWD will see returns of 16 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 19 combined.
The main reason people part with the extra money for a Lincoln MKT over a more homely Ford Flex comes down to what’s inside. While not the freshest design in the luxury SUV market, the interior offers a premium space with plenty of leather and wood. There are tempting convenience features as well: a heated steering wheel, three-zone automatic climate control, a THX II stereo, a panoramic glass roof, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system all come standard. Options include heated and ventilated captain’s chairs, a refrigerated console, and a rear seat entertainment system. The MKT Reserve model adds active safety features and includes features like power-adjustable pedals, a 110-volt power outlet, rear sunshades, and remote start.
The MKT will seat seven people comfortably with the standard second-row bench seat; captain’s chairs are optional. With all the seats up, there is 17.9 cubic feet of cargo space available. Fold the third row, and that grows to 39.6 cubic feet. With all the seats down, the MKT will pack in 75.9 cubic feet of stuff.
The MKT hasn’t gone through the gamut of crash tests. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a rollover test on the MKT; it received a four-star rating. Safety features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors come standard. Stepping up to the Reserve model adds features like adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, assisted pre-collision braking, active park assist, and lane-keep assist.
While not the most beautiful luxury SUV on the market, nor the freshest, the Lincoln MKT offers a plush and luxurious interior, a well-rated infotainment system, and a competitive price. For those who don’t need the sheer mass of a Navigator and don’t want the high maintenance costs of some of the higher-price European offerings, the MKT is a good alternative.
Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.
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