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2012 Lincoln MKT

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2012 Lincoln MKT Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.5

There's no denying that the 2012 Lincoln MKT has an exterior shape that could be called polarizing at best but, once you look past its bulbous back and step inside this 3-row people hauler, it's all about excellent accommodations that can seat up to seven in supreme comfort. Factor in the availability of all-wheel drive and a twin-turbo engine, and the Lincoln MKT further proves that you can't always judge a car by its covering. Yet, the MKT faces formidable competition from luxurious rivals such as the new Infiniti JX and the more-established Acura MDX and Audi Q7. While those smaller competitors offer more appealing looks, they can't match the big MKT's roominess, especially when it comes to third-row seating.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you regularly transport multiple people and their cargo, and are less concerned about luxury-name cachet or flashy looks, the 2012 Lincoln MKT provides a blissful ride, room galore and can tow up to 4,500 pounds. When equipped with optional all-wheel drive, the Lincoln provides good grip in slippery conditions.

You May Not Like This Car If...

With the MKT's roominess comes its very big size. At over 17 feet long and more than seven feet wide with the mirrors out, just fitting the Lincoln MKT into a garage can be a challenge, never mind maneuvering into tight parking spots. Also, if more traditional looks and high-end import branding are important to you, look to a German or Japanese luxury brand.

What's New for 2012

For 2012 the all-wheel-drive version of the MKT with the naturally-aspirated V6 engine has been dropped, with front-wheel drive now the sole choice for models with the base engine. All-wheel drive is available only with the optional twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine. Fuel economy for both versions of the 2012 MKT has improved marginally.

Driving the MKT

Driving Impressions For such a large vehicle, the 2012 Lincoln MKT isn't as unwieldy as you might think. This is most true when driving in a straight line, and especially when it's...

equipped with the powerful EcoBoost V6 engine. That optional power plant gets this large crossover up to speed in a hurry, and the "Intelligent" all-wheel-drive system provides good grip on a variety of road surfaces. Befitting the MKT's comfortable and quiet interior is an equally plush ride. The Lincoln's 6-speed automatic transmission is another high point, seamlessly changing up and down through the gears and, via paddle shifters, allowing the driver to do the shifting when desired. Because of the MKT's girth and poor rearward sightlines, we recommend the blind-spot-monitoring system.

ECOBOOST V6 ENGINE
The 2012 MKT's upscale engine is the same one that powers the high-performance Ford Taurus SHO. With 365 horsepower, it makes the big Lincoln surprisingly quick.

INNOVATIVE INTERIOR
The 2012 MKT features an available refrigerator and third-row seats that can flip and face backward when the liftgate is up to create the ultimate setting for tailgating.

2012 Lincoln MKT Details
Interior

The 2012 Lincoln MKT's interior is something beautiful to behold. Spacious, supple and versatile, it's available in 6- or 7-passenger configurations. In the former arrangement, the second-row bench seat is replaced by two big, comfortable chairs with optional heating and cooling. The power-foldable third-row seat, meanwhile, offers nearly as much legroom as that of the back seat of a smaller sedan. Up front, drivers are treated to a high seating position. The touch-screen telematics system that acts as a command center for navigation, climate and audio functions is high-tech for sure, but can be challenging to learn and operate. A standard glass roof helps bring the outside in. With both the second- and third-row seats folded, the MKT boasts enormous cargo capacity.

Exterior

Though the Lincoln shares its chassis with the Ford Flex, the 2012 MKT's bulbous body couldn't look more different than its boxy cousin. The MKT is also nearly half a foot longer than the Flex, which itself is not exactly lacking in terms of length. Up front is Lincoln's split-wing grille, which appears menacing yet distinguished. Muscular bulges protrude from the sides along a high beltline and, in back, the big MKT finishes off with a full-width taillamp that includes the familiar Lincoln logo. For convenience, the MKT's big liftgate includes power operation that opens or closes it at the touch of a button. The 2012 Lincoln MKT rolls on 19-inch wheels and tires in its front-drive iteration, while EcoBoost models ride on 20-inch wheels and tires as standard.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Lincoln MKT comes well-equipped with features that can cost extra on other vehicles, including a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers and tri-zone climate control. Standard equipment also includes perforated leather seating, 12-way power heated and cooled front seats, AM/FM/CD/Satellite audio system with 10 speakers, rear-view camera, 8-inch touch-screen display and power-adjustable pedals and steering wheel.

Optional Equipment

The 2012 Lincoln MKT can be upgraded with Active Park Assist, which helps with parallel parking, and a blind-spot-monitoring system. Other options include heated and cooled second-row seats, a THX II-certified Surround Sound audio system, voice-activated navigation, DVD headrest video system, Adaptive Cruise Control and second-row refrigerated console.

Under the Hood

2012 Lincoln MKT models are available with two V6 engine options: A naturally-aspirated 3.7-liter V6 or a smaller but more powerful twin-turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6. Both engines are mated to 6-speed automatic transmissions with manual-shift modes. The base version supplies ample power to move the big and heavy MKT, while the direct-injection EcoBoost engine provides enough gusto to hustle from zero to 60 mph in less than seven seconds. The base engine is now available only with front-wheel drive and the EcoBoost model comes exclusively with all-wheel-drive. Fuel economy for both versions has improved slightly from past models. Both engines can run on 87-octane gasoline, though 91 octane is recommended for the best performance with the twin-turbo EcoBoost model.


3.7-liter V6
303 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
278 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg

3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
365 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
350 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,500-5,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 mpg

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2012 Lincoln MKT Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 45 Ratings for the 2010 - 2013 models.

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  • 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
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"

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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