New 2018 Lincoln MKT SUV
Lincoln MKT SUV
The 2018 Lincoln MKT rolls along virtually unchanged, good news if you like the quirky styling of this feature-packed luxury SUV.
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The 2018 Lincoln MKT still boasts the same odd proportions, overwrought Lincoln winged grille, and peculiar rear-end styling that have proved unappealing to the general public. Yet behind this Lincoln's styling turnoffs is a vehicle that actually offers some advantages in the luxury-crossover-SUV space. It can seat seven passengers comfortably, and there's generous cargo room behind the snug 3rd-row seats. You can order the MKT with the much praised 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine. Unlike the Land Rover Discovery or Lexus GX, the 2018 MKT is not meant to be an off-roader, its available all-wheel drive geared more toward foul-weather situations. Instead, think of this big Lincoln as a competitor to luxury SUVs like the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60 and Buick Enclave.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2018 Lincoln MKT comes with a lot features you expect in a luxury-crossover SUV, including a powerful V6 engine and room for up to seven passengers. It also can cost considerably less than many of its competitors, sometimes by thousands of dollars.
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The Lincoln MKT's styling has been a lodestone since it debuted, with the big grille, weird rear end, and bulbous look never catching on. The rear-seat headroom is also tight for tall passengers, and its size means it's hard to maneuver in parking lots.
What's New for 2018
No major changes this year, with only a change in a few paint colors marking the model changeover.
When equipped with the potent twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, the 2018 Lincoln MKT has no problems with acceleration, passing or merging. Yet dial it back and just relax, and the MKT proves itself to be a good cruiser, with a comfortable ride, nicely weighted steering with good feedback, and strong brakes. If anything, the base model is too soft and leans too much in corners, but the EcoBoost models with all-wheel drive get Lincoln Drive Control, which firms things up. LDC also offers modes for Sport, Comfort and Normal throttle modes, but it's hard to tell the difference. The excellent 6-speed automatic is a good match for both the turbocharged and non-turbo engines, boasting quick shifts on its own or when using the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Since there's no around-view camera like you'd get on an Infiniti QX60, we strongly recommend the rearview camera and parking sensors.
ECOBOOST V6 ENGINE
Considering the MKT's size and weight, the 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine is a no-brainer. It costs about $4,500 more than the base model, but comes standard with all-wheel drive, additional luxury features, and virtually no fuel-economy penalty.
It's a shame the MKT's exterior is such a barrier, because the interior is quite nice. The seats are handsome, and the dash and control layout is both attractive and easy to operate. You can even get a refrigerator between the 2nd-row captain's chairs, and a power-folding third row.
The 2018 MKT boasts a spacious interior that’s easily competitive on space with other large 3-row luxury SUVs. Front and middle-row passengers are treated like royalty, with plenty of leg-, head- and elbow room, and a touch-screen infotainment system. The third row isn't quite as spacious, and should be reserved for kids or smaller adults. You can replace the 2nd-row bench with heated and cooled captain's chairs, and even outfit the MKT with a refrigerator between them. The big windows give the driver and passengers a commanding view outside, and the seats fold quickly for a flat floor and generous cargo space.
Surprisingly, the bulbous and curvy Lincoln MKT shares its underpinnings and chassis with the boxy Ford Flex. While the Lincoln is certainly eye-catching, we'll let you decide if it's pleasing or punishing to the eyes. Let's just call it "distinctive," especially the massive winged grille, the squinting headlights, and the oddly kinked droop of the side-window line. The massive hatch gets gracelessly bisected by the long wide taillights. At least the hatch is powered, and we'll admit we like the big panoramic sunroof.
Notable Standard Equipment
Even the base-model 2018 Lincoln MKT comes nicely equipped, with leather on the first and second rows, 3-zone automatic climate control, heated and cooled driver and front-passenger seats, heated 2nd-row seats, a rearview camera and a power tailgate. The steering wheel features power tilt-and-telescope adjustment, which along with the power-adjustable pedals makes it easy for drivers to find a comfortable driving position. The standard audio system offers 10 speakers and AM/FM/CD/aux inputs, all controlled via the touch-based Sync 3 system and 8-inch screen. Get the EcoBoost engine and you get standard all-wheel drive, Lincoln Drive Control adjustable chassis dynamics, and more.
Notable Optional Equipment
The easiest way to load up the 2018 Lincoln MKT is to select the EcoBoost-equipped version. That adds things like a heated steering wheel, navigation system, THX II audio, and a dual-screen DVD rear-seat entertainment system. You can replace the 2nd-row bench with two captain's chairs, and even put a refrigerator between them. Also available are a panoramic roof and a power-folding third row. Available active-safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring. There are also inflatable seatbelts available for the second row. We like the Active Park Assist, which performs the bulk of parallel parking for the driver.
Under the Hood
The base-model 2018 Lincoln MKT gets a naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 powering the front wheels (FWD). It puts out 303 horsepower, which results in okay acceleration and passing power, but isn't particularly exciting. The better option is the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. With 365 horsepower, 350 lb-ft of torque, and standard all-wheel drive (AWD), the EcoBoost works perfectly for the luxury-equals-power crowd. Either engine comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode. Both engines can run on 87-octane gasoline, but Lincoln says you should use 91 octane in the EcoBoost for best performance. EcoBoost versions can be equipped to tow up to 4,500 pounds.
303 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
278 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 mpg (FWD)
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: 15/21 mpg (AWD)
The least expensive 2018 Lincoln MKT features the non-turbo engine, front-wheel drive, and carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) tag just under $44,500, including the $925 destination charge. If you want the extra power from that EcoBoost engine -- and let's face it, you really do -- you'll need just under $50,000. That's a big step, but it adds all-wheel drive and more luxury features. A fully loaded Lincoln MKT can run right about the $60,000 mark, splitting the difference between luxury-SUV models as the Buick Enclave, Infiniti QX60 and Acura MDX on the lower end, and the BMW X5 and Audi Q7 on the high end. Before buying, check out the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, which tells you what others in your area paid for the MKT. In the long term, we expect the MKT's resale value to be lower than that of its competitors.
Lincoln MKT Consumer Reviews
February 26, 2017
Stylish Luxury and Quiet & Relaxing Driving
We received repeated compliments on Styling. It is effortless and a joy to drive. Technology Package is a must have option. Even...
July 27, 2016
Best vehicle I have ever owned.
I have the 3.5 turbo. Awesome power. Good gas mileage 21-23 highway. All of the bells and whistles. Build quality is outstanding.
June 25, 2016
Bought 2014 with 7500 miles, so far all 10's
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...
June 04, 2016
One owner, mostly highway mileage, regular maintenance with records available, assumable warranty until 2019, new tires, clean interior,...
April 21, 2016
SUV is in great shape
new tires $1000 100,000 mi. tune up, $600 built in refrigerator/freezer Towing, plus accessories 110v. and usb receptacles side...
February 22, 2016
Ford Flex is a less expensive alternative
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...
February 05, 2016
This is an excellent car through out.
I would rate the car AI,in every way.
December 27, 2015
Most bang for the buck
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....
September 23, 2015
Best Bang for the Buck
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...
July 09, 2015
Great travel car Holds a lot handles easy
only warranty issues are broken cup holder,malfunctioning hatch latch remote, Battery, all taken care of promptly during free services....
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