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2013 Lincoln MKT

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2013 Lincoln MKT Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.4

The 2013 Lincoln MKT proves you can't always judge a car by its sheetmetal. This big SUV's exterior is highly stylized, maybe too much so, but inside, this 3-row people-hauler offers excellent accommodations that can seat up to seven in supreme comfort. Factor in the availability of all-wheel drive (AWD), a twin-turbo engine and adaptive suspension, and the Lincoln MKT represents an unquestionably attractive package. It faces strong competition from luxurious and handsome rivals such as the Infiniti JX, Acura MDX and Audi Q7. The Lincoln MKT counters with roominess those more-compact SUVs can't match, especially when it comes to third-row seating.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want to carry lots of people and their stuff in style, and don't need the cache of a luxury-import brand name, the 2013 Lincoln MKT can do it.

You May Not Like This Car If...

With the MKT's stylish roominess come unconventional looks and an overall size that can make small garages and tight parking spaces a challenge.

What's New for 2013

For 2013, the Lincoln MKT gets a redesigned grille and fascia to freshen the exterior, a new instrument panel spruces up the cabin, the MyLincoln Touch control system is improved and the EcoBoost model includes a new Lincoln Drive Control suspension, with Drive and Sport settings and continuous damping adjustment.

Driving the MKT

Driving Impressions For a big vehicle, the 2013 Lincoln MKT runs and handles quite responsively. Especially when equipped with the powerful EcoBoost V6 engine, the SUV gets up to speed in a...

hurry and cruises in a relaxed – and relaxing – manner. The AWD system provides good grip on a variety of road surfaces. Befitting the MKT's comfortable and quiet interior is a plush, controlled ride. The Lincoln Drive Control and Continuously Controlled Damping on the EcoBoost model provide adaptive suspension damping and give the driver the option of Drive or Sport modes. 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. Available blind-spot monitoring and park assist are good ideas as the MKT's styling encumbers rearward sightlines.

ECOBOOST V6 ENGINE
The 2013 MKT's up-power engine is the same one in the high-performance Ford Taurus SHO. With 365 horsepower, it makes the big Lincoln SUV surprisingly quick.

INNOVATIVE INTERIOR
The 2013 MKT features an available refrigerator between the second-row seats and third-row seats that can flip and face backward when the liftgate is raised to create the ultimate tailgating setup.

2013 Lincoln MKT Details
2013 Lincoln MKT photo Interior

The 2013 Lincoln MKT's interior is something to behold. Spacious, luxurious and versatile, it's available in 6- or 7-passenger configurations. In the former arrangement, the two big captain's chairs in the second row have available 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, the driver and front passenger are treated to a commanding seating position. The touch-screen telematics system controls navigation, climate and audio functions, and its formerly complicated controls have been improved this year.

Exterior
2013 Lincoln MKT photo

Though this Lincoln SUV shares its chassis with the Ford Flex, the 2013 MKT's bulbous body couldn't look more different from its boxy cousin. Lincoln's split-wing grille is more prominent now, with a stark cleanliness that suggests a concept or show car. 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 opens or closes at the touch of a button. The front-drive MKT rolls on 19-inch wheels while the AWD EcoBoost model has 20-inchers.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Lincoln MKT comes well-equipped with features and conveniences including a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers and tri-zone climate control. Standard base-model equipment also includes perforated leather seating, 12-way power heated and cooled front seats, AM/FM/CD/satellite audio system with 10 speakers, rearview camera, 8-inch touch-screen display and power-adjustable pedals and steering wheel. Choosing the higher-power EcoBoost model adds AWD, adaptive suspension damping, a power-folding third-row seat and blind-spot monitoring system.

Optional Equipment

The 2013 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, second-row refrigerated console and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

The two 2013 Lincoln MKT models are distinguished by the choice of V6 engine: A naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 powers the base MKT while the MKT EcoBoost uses a smaller but more powerful twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode. 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. Driveline is also model-dependent: The base version has front-wheel drive (FWD) and the EcoBoost comes with AWD. Fuel economy for both versions has improved slightly from past years. Both engines can run on 87-octane gasoline, though Lincoln recommends 91-octane for best performance with the EcoBoost model.

3.7-liter V6
303 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
278 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg

3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
365 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-5,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg

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2013 Lincoln MKT Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 11 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Most bang for the buck

By on Sunday, December 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great value for all you get. Fast fast fast."

Cons: "Exterior has grown on me, interior makes up."

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

"I drove a lot of crossover and sport utility vehicles. The 2014 MKT was the best value. With the Ecoboost it does 0-60 in 5.5 seconds. That blows away most cars on the road. The KBB review must be from an earlier model (2010-2012?) with less horsepower and torque. The sync system works quite well using the voice function. I have to drive a lot in my line of work, and after 62,000 miles in two years, my car has been trouble free and the car is still tight. The interior is luxurious, the panoramic roof is awesome in warming the interior during the day in the winter months, and it is a nice moon roof year round."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Disappointed

By on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
2/10

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

"This car has depreciated over 30k in 2 years. I will never buy one again. It is inconvenient. There was little thought to the interior. No easily accessible storage. No arm rests on rear seats. Water runs on your head from the lift gate. Road dirt comes right up inside the doors. I had the mud flaps installed just to have the snow build up on them and immediately tear the poorly designed little clip that held it off so it just hung there. I could name many more things that prove the design was made from a desk. I have talked with other owners and we all agree, we have never driven a car that makes us feel as vulnerable as this one. I will say on the positive side the engine is wonderful. I like the auto dimming, and the cruise braking. It was just a disappointment to buy a luxury car and to have so many negative aspects. ESPECIALLY THE DEPRECIATION!"

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Best Bang for the Buck

By on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, elegant luxury"

Cons: "Mileage would be good if I kept my foot out of it."

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

"Having compared this vehicle before I bought it with just about every other 7 passenger vehicle, it is by far the best for the money. It does 0-60 in 5.5 seconds. Anyone care to race? On ramp acceleration is like being in a jet fighter. Weather radar in my car? This has it. Heated and cooled seats, has it again, heated steering wheel, rain sensing wipers, power fold down middle row to allow access to the third row. Cool. The exterior styling wasn't a favorite, it was the interior that hooked me, though I have learned to love the exterior. It looks like a space ship and the eagle like grill was a welcome improvement. I love the panoramic roof. Voice command is the only way to go instead of the touch screen. It doesn't impress the chicks like I wanted but I don't care anymore. It hauls me and my 4 kids in comfort."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

great features, comfortable, smooth ride, powerful

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "very quiet comfort ride"

Cons: "no HUD,"

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

"I will first tell you the positives of this car. heated and air conditioned seats. (Cadillac just had heated)and you know how hot leather gets in the summer. temp. controlled thermostat,front and rear. great stereo & speakers. roomy, smooth ride. more pick up and go than Cadillac. love the two large sunroofs. A mesh screen pops up in front of sunroof when open for quieter sound. changeable colors for interior lights that are cool(red,green,blue,purple,white)adjustable pedals.lumbar support.blind spot indicators one of my favorite features as well as back up camera with warning noise. adaptive headlights and automatic window wipers. gas doesent have annoying cap to get on and off. it self seals itself. headlights turn with the car. great feature. Cons for me are headrests are tilted forward and took some getting used to. (it's supposed to be better at preventing whiplash in an accident) but check it out for yourself. For the price I would have liked a HUD (heads up display) a/c on back seat, not just heat. auto cruise control standard. more color options that are more stand out."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

5 years and counting

By on Monday, June 01, 2015

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Space, Eco Boost, Ford Co. maintenance"

Cons: "Batman styling that people love or hate."

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

"My 2010 MKT has been great for its 50,000 miles. EcoBoost is a wow, and the space behind the seats is excellent for cargo of one sort or another. Graduated from BMW 3 series wagon, which was an excellent car, but not handy enough. Hope Lincoln keeps the model."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best car ever owned, but no longer need this size

By on Wednesday, October 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "roomy, powerful, beautiful, fun to drive, options"

Cons: "consumes gas at 19-20 mpg city/highway combined"

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

"I bought this car 22 months ago to accomodate a battery-powered scooter in the cargo area. My sciatica has now been cured, and I no longer need this large a vehicle...The MKT has been the most enjoyable car I've ever driven including Cadillac, Audi, and many others. Unbelieveably powerful yet easy to handle and fun to drive. It is is brand-new condition with new tires all around and spotless inside and out, only 24000 miles."

25 people out of 35 found this review helpful

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