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2010 Lincoln MKT

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2010 Lincoln MKT Review

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While its distinctive exterior styling might not win over everyone, a look inside and a test drive might make people realize that the 2010 Lincoln MKT is a formidable competitor in the luxury crossover segment, a category that's been dominated by import brands, including Lexus and Acura. With three rows of seating, a host of advanced in-cabin amenities and a new turbocharged direct-injected powertrain, the MKT proves that even if you're unsure about what's on the outside, it's what's on the inside that counts.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for an upscale family hauler that turns heads, offers numerous in-cabin technologies and can tow when necessary, the Lincoln MKT is sure to fit the bill.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If a high-end import brand image is important to you, the Lincoln MKT might not be your first choice when shopping for a crossover. Other three-row import offerings like the Audi Q7 or Acura MDX might be more desirable.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2010 Lincoln MKT offers seating for up to seven, all-wheel drive and Ford's new EcoBoost V6 engine. The MKT also offers a second-row refrigerated console and Active Park Assist to help drivers fit it into parking spaces of the parallel kind.

Driving the MKT

Driving Impressions Despite its large size, driving the 2010 Lincoln MKT isn't as unwieldy as one might expect. The finely tuned electric power steering contributes to the car's ability to confidently maneuver...

around corners and there is little body roll. The optional EcoBoost V6 is impressive, as it provides a large amount of power for going up inclines and passing on the highway. We found the Lincoln MKT surprisingly quiet inside, thanks to acoustic windows and door-pillar sound baffling. Road noise was the most prevalent exterior sound in our time with the MKT, but that was due in part to the EcoBoost version's 20-inch tires.

EcoBoost V6 Engine
The available EcoBoost engine is responsive, smooth and has the power of a V8 while delivering the fuel economy of a V6.

Active Park Assist
The ultimate solution for the parallel-parking challenged, the Active Park Assist feature uses ultrasonic sensors to find an appropriately-sized space and then, upon commands from the driver, automatically steers the car into the spot, making you look like a parking pro.

2010 Lincoln MKT Details
2010 Lincoln MKT photo Interior

While the MKT's exterior may not be everyone's favorite, the interior is where it really shines, with features like an available second-row center console refrigerator, a panoramic Vista roof and leather-appointed seats that could be right at home in a Japanese or European vehicle. There is ample legroom in all three rows, but tall third-row passengers may find the sloping roofline to be neck-cramp inducing. Although the MKT's high seating position up front allows for excellent visibility for the driver, the high trunk line makes it difficult to see out the rear, a problem that is remedied by the standard rearview camera system.

Exterior
2010 Lincoln MKT photo

The Lincoln MKT looks very different from just about anything else on the road. Although it shares its chassis with the Ford Flex, the MKT's exterior metal is unique. Instead of the Flex's "box on wheels" look, the MKT has a more rounded, sculpted look to it. The vehicle also incorporates the brand's new signature split-wing grille and chamfered side-body line, both of which are reminiscent of the Lincolns of yesteryear. The high beltline and sloping roofline make the car look sleek, as do its 19-inch wheels (20 inches on the EcoBoost trim) and low stance.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2010 Lincoln MKT is well-equipped with numerous standard features, many of which come only as options on comparably priced competitors. Some of the most notable ones include a fixed glass roof with power sunshades, rearview camera system, power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control and Ford's MyKey system, which allows owners to limit the top speed and audio levels to keep new drivers in check. The MKT also comes with an AM/FM in-dash single-CD/DVD/MP3 player with 10 speakers, SYNC, a 110-volt inverter, premium leather surfaces, 12-way power front driver and passenger seats and a host of safety features, including six airbags and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2010 Lincoln MKT include the Elite Package (which comes with the Blind Spot Information System, voice-activated navigation, THX Surround Audio System and a power panoramic sunroof), a DVD headrest entertainment system, a second-row refrigerated console, Adaptive Cruise Control and Active Park Assist, which aids in parallel parking.

Under the Hood

The Lincoln MKT comes with two different V6 engine options: A naturally-aspirated 3.7-liter and a new twin-turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter, both of which are matched to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The 3.7-liter V6 provides more than enough power to motivate the nearly 5,000-pound crossover, but the EcoBoost engine is a much better performer; with the power of a V8, it's able to scoot the MKT from zero to 60 mph in less than seven seconds. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for both trim levels.

3.7-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
267 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 (FWD), 16/22(AWD)

3.5-liter EcoBoost V6
355 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
350 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22

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2010 Lincoln MKT Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 45 Ratings for the 2010 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

I find this car easy to drive.

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,140

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Has more than you need for great drive."

Cons: "Little tight for a large person"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"A well designed car as far as features and ride. About 22 mpg at 75 mph. Nice cargo space and comfortable rear seat. perfectly maintained, dealer certified."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great travel car Holds a lot handles easy

By on Thursday, July 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "enjoy to drive doesn't look like everything else"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"only warranty issues are broken cup holder,malfunctioning hatch latch remote, Battery, all taken care of promptly during free services. Relaxing to drive. Handles well, plenty of pep around town and on the road. Will stay ahead of traffic even when fully loaded.excellent brakes"

Excellent Driving Dynamics

By on Sunday, May 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Excellent acceleration"

Cons: "Ride somewhat firm"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought this 2011 MKT because of its luxury SUV qualities and leading-edge electronics. It is loaded with every option available. The ecoboost engine has performed like a sports engine. Handling and ride are good. Have had no mechanical or body issues with the car after 51000 miles. The electronics have been a nonissue. Do not understand the critics reaction to the touchscreen. Other cars have same setup with little or no mention of any issues. Will look at Lincoln again."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Will never buy a Lincoln again!

By on Monday, May 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "First 35K miles were great"

Cons: "36K and on were terrible"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Unfortunately this vehicle has nothing but issues from a DVD system that crapped out, to an AC system that crapped out. The sunroof had to be replaced along with an entire recolaboration of the electronic system. The eco turbo boost has wrecked havoc along with frequent tire replacement and a brake system that can't be fixed this car is definitely not worth the money . We have had nothing but issues and a major problem is the Ford service workers don't seem to know how to fix the car. Only has 86K miles but runs like 250K miles. Very disappointed."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

My favorite ride ever

By on Sunday, June 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great road car, hauls a big load, seats 6"

Cons: "Could use more cup holders up front"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This Lincoln MKT is by far my favorite road vehicle I have ever owned. My last vehicle was a Lincoln Navigator which I drove for more than 100,000 miles and enjoyed it, but the MKT beats it in every category. I have driven the MKT from the midwest to both coasts and really do enjoy the comfort on the open road, but when you want to get aggressive on winding, hilly roads the paddle shifters allow for manual shifting to aid in getting around those curves and hills. The satellite radio makes cross country driving a breeze when listening to your favorite music or programs. Overall, I plan to hang on to this car for a long, long time because I enjoy it so much."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Climb inside and take a drive. Awesome and sexy!

By on Friday, August 02, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Luxury, power"

Cons: "Exterior style not sexy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Everything about this vehicle thrills both of us except.... Unusual cars generate cruel comments and this car certainly stands out in a parking lot. One old farmer said it looks like a hearse and a policeman called it a station wagon on my speeding ticket. I am a Texan, so I love trucks but also love over the top luxury. I raised a bunch of kids and once that was done I vowed never to drive a mini van again. Imagine my horror when I saw the MKT being called a station wagon! I preferred the look and cargo space of my old Aviator but since it died (after 8 years) I went with the MKT. So if I get over my hang ups of the two comments above, I have to admit this is a phenomenal vehicle to drive and enjoy. The ecoboost satisfies my crave for power, especially when some dangerous imbecile gets in the way. The in your face luxury brings positive comments from any guest and everyone wants to know what it is. People love riding in this car. The built in refrig/freezer is a no brainer. We keep it on freeze so it is super cold, then toss our beverages in there while we shop or play golf, thus coming back to bevs still cold. Nav system is amazing and so is music system. We have downloaded a humongous collection on it and it still has room for many many more albums. Because cargo space isn't as tall as I would like for my business, I thought about trading it for a luxury truck, but we are talking about taking a 4-6 month road trip in the future and really want to do it in this vehicle. it is hands down the best highway trip vehicle we have ever owned. FYI. Our other car is a two seated Audi convertible TT."

12 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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