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2011 Lincoln MKT

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2011 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 2011 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 an available 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 New for 2011

The Lincoln MKT sees no major changes for 2011.

Driving the MKT
Driving Impressions

Despite its large size, driving the 2011 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.

2011 Lincoln MKT Details
2011 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

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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2011 Lincoln MKT Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 49 Ratings for the 2010 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Great value

By on Saturday, June 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Many"

Cons: "None"

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

"One owner, mostly highway mileage, regular maintenance with records available, assumable warranty until 2019, new tires, clean interior, exterior beautiful, good gas mileage"

SUV is in great shape

By on Thursday, April 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great car. eats snow, ice alive"

Cons: "no complaints"

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

"new tires $1000 100,000 mi. tune up, $600 built in refrigerator/freezer Towing, plus accessories 110v. and usb receptacles side curtains 3 rows of seating (6) Serius adaptive dual roof windows"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Its been a very comfortable, quiet and reliable

By on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Room, accelleration, comfort and mileage"

Cons: "I'd like larger stronger brakes, although safe."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"A great interstate cruiser, gets 21 to 25 mpg (speed dependent); very quiet and been totally reliable, one recall to reprogram steering. Easily carries 6 with luggage and great accelleration for merging and passing. Even tho its almost 5 years old, I'm keeping it a few more years."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Very spacious interior

By on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very roomy in the 2nd row w'buckets, super sound"

Cons: "No complaints"

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

"Purchased this car used (2 years old) with very low miles. The car is everything that we had hoped for (great handling, pretty good gas mileage for it's size, super sound system, 2nd row buckets w/console) and we will look for another, newer, MKT. The 3rd row seating in a MKT is for kids or your shorter friends. We basically stowed the seats and used the open space (which is quite a lot) as a trunk. All in all, this car met all of our expectations, and it is a pleasure to drive."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

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."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great travel car Holds a lot handles easy

By on Thursday, July 9, 2015

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

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
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"

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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