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2014 Lincoln MKT

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2014 Lincoln MKT Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.3

The 2014 Lincoln MKT's exterior styling may be considered controversial, but if you're willing to look beneath the sheet metal you'll find a highly accommodating, elegant people-mover. Underneath that bulbous exterior is a luxurious 3-row cocoon that seats six or seven in supreme comfort. Dig even deeper and you'll find a choice of two well-regarded V6 engines and available all-wheel drive. Safety features and creature comforts abound in the Lincoln MKT, as they do in rivals such as the Audi Q7, Infiniti JX and Buick Enclave. Those competitors have much more mainstream looks, but can't quite match the luxurious rear-seat accommodations offered in the MKT.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want to carry several people and their stuff in a big vehicle whose badge flies under the radar and whose styling doesn't, the 2014 Lincoln MKT deserves a look.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you can't overcome the MKT's exterior styling or $46,000-plus price, the Buick Enclave offers similar roominess, while it and the Infiniti JX can be had for thousands less. The MKT's size, meanwhile, makes it challenging to maneuver and park in tight spots.

What's New for 2014

After tweaks to the 2013 model that included a redesigned grille and fascia, the only changes in store for 2014 Lincoln MKT models are new exterior colors and some rearranging of package options.

Driving the MKT
Driving Impressions

For such a large vehicle, the 2014 MKT is quite responsive. This is especially true when equipped with the powerful EcoBoost V6. The 365-horsepower turbocharged engine gets the MKT up...

... to speed at a surprising pace, and once there, cruises at a relaxed pace. "Relaxed" is also the operative word for the MKT's ride in general. When equipped with all-wheel drive and Lincoln Drive Control – both standard on EcoBoost models – the former provides good grip while the latter enables drivers to adjust the MKT's handling and throttle response between Sport, Comfort and Normal modes. Lincoln's 6-speed automatic transmission is another bright spot. It seamlessly ticks through gears, and manual control is at your fingertips thanks to standard paddle shifters. Tight maneuvering is another matter for the MKT. Its girth and length are no friends to tight garages or parking spaces. The rearview camera and available blind-spot monitoring help contend with the MKT's poor rearward visibility.

ECOBOOST V6 ENGINE
With 365 horsepower, this up-level engine makes the big Lincoln SUV surprisingly quick. For a cost of less than $2,000 –which – includes all-wheel drive – it's also logical from a monetary standpoint.

INNOVATIVE INTERIOR
With features such as an optional refrigerator between the 2nd-row seats, and 3rd-row seats that flip and face backward when the liftgate is raised, the MKT's interior is posh and practical.

2014 Lincoln MKT Details
Interior

The MKT's interior shines even compared with other premium 3-row SUVs. Spacious, luxurious and versatile, it's available in 6- or 7-passenger configurations. In 6-passenger form, two big captain’s chairs replace a 3-person bench in the second row. For ultimate coddling, the twin seats can be had with heating and cooling functions. The power-foldable 3rd-row seats, meanwhile, are roomy enough for adults. In front, the comfortable driver and passenger seats afford a commanding view. A touch-screen telematics system controls navigation, climate and audio functions, and its formerly complicated operation has been improved. Cargo space is commendable, and can be further expanded by folding the rear seats.

Exterior
2014 Lincoln MKT photo

Though this Lincoln SUV shares its chassis with the Ford Flex, the 2014 MKT’s bulbous body couldn’t look more different from its boxy Ford cousin. The MKT's best exterior attributes are up front, where a massive and stately split-wing grille announces its arrival. The MKT's sides are defined by muscular bulges and a high beltline that rises further – and impedes interior visibility – aft the rear doors. In back, the MKT's big rear end seems to stretch far beyond its 19- or 20-inch wheels. We enjoyed the convenience of the MKT’s power-operated tailgate. On top is a glass roof that drinks in plenty of light.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Right out of the gate, the 2014 Lincoln MKT comes loaded with goods. Included are leather seating in the first and second rows, tri-zone climate control, heated and cooled driver and front-passenger seats, heated 2nd-row seats, a rearview camera, and a power tailgate. With a power-operated tilt/telescoping steering wheel and adjustable pedals, it's easy for drivers to find a good fit. Audio entertainment is provided by a 10-speaker AM/FM/CD/aux system controlled via the touch-based Sync system and 8-inch screen. EcoBoost models net the higher-powered engine, all-wheel drive, and the Lincoln Drive Control adjustable dynamics system. The 2014 MKT also includes roadside assistance for 5 years/60,000 miles.

Optional Equipment

The 2014 Lincoln MKT can become even more luxurious and comfortable with options like a heated steering wheel, refrigerated console, navigation, THX II audio, a dual-screen DVD rear-seat entertainment system, 2nd-row bucket seats, and power-folding 3rd-row. Drivers who dread the thought of parallel parking this big vehicle but expect to find themselves doing so on a regular basis would be advised to check out Active Park Assist, which performs the bulk of this task for you. Safety and driving-oriented options include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, a blind-spot monitoring system, and inflatable seat belts in the second row.

Under the Hood

The two 2014 Lincoln MKT models are distinguished by the choice of V6 engines: A naturally aspirated 3.7-liter powers the base MKT, while the MKT EcoBoost uses a smaller but more powerful twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode. With some 300-horsepower, the base V6 supplies ample power to move the big and heavy SUV, while the EcoBoost engine's 365 horsepower can hustle the MKT from zero to 60 mph in less than seven seconds. Driveline choices are also model-dependent: The base version is front-wheel drive, while the EcoBoost model is all-wheel drive. Both engines can run on 87-octane gasoline, though Lincoln recommends 91-octane for best performance with the EcoBoost model. EcoBoost versions can be equipped to tow up to 4,500 pounds.

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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2014 Lincoln MKT Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 14 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Bought 2014 with 7500 miles, so far all 10's

By on Saturday, June 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "quiet, great trip car ,comfortable ,fast"

Cons: "none so far"

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

"Wanted something large but not a SUV or truck. Wanted to travel in a quiet, fast and different vehicle. Liked all the options and safety features.It is the most comfortable car we have ever had.I can't say enough about how it rides,accelerates and handles."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Ford Flex is a less expensive alternative

By on Monday, February 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I own a '13 Flex Limited, bought at model year-end for $42K, easily the best handling car I've ever owned and it accelerates like a rocket ship when wanted or needed. No mechanical issues so far and it's quiet enough to converse with the third row passengers. I fit in the third row at 6/4" with adequate footroom as well, the second row seats slide forward and back. Highly recommended if you're considering the Lincoln."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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."

12 people out of 14 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!"

6 people out of 15 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."

12 people out of 16 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."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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