Lincoln was at loose ends for a number of years, selling a range of cars that lacked cohesion. That's changing since the recent launch of the Continental full-size sedan, a forthcoming restyled MKC compact crossover and a new name -- Nautilus -- for the mid-size model we currently know as MKX.
That leaves the MKT, Lincoln's lone three-row model, languishing in what is basically the same body it's worn since its 2010 introduction. This large, ungainly crossover carries over for yet another year.
You'd think Lincoln would have been able to do something interesting with the MKT, given its basis on the Ford Flex -- an aging model that nonetheless remains one of the best-driving mid-size crossovers you can buy today.
Things aren't getting easier for the MKT, either, whose competition has advanced significantly in the eight or so years since its arrival. Any vehicle you might consider a competitor is newer and more interesting.
MKT's sole powertrain is a 3.5L turbocharged V6 (dubbed EcoBoost by its Ford parent company) that makes 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. It's an easy engine to like whose only real demerit is thirsty fuel consumption if you're the kind of driver who appreciates low-end torque.
On paper, the six-speed automatic transmission is a couple of ratios behind the curve, as most other vehicles in this class have at least eight speeds now, or have eschewed stepped gearing altogether for continuously variable transmissions. AWD is standard.
MKT's standard features include three-zone climate control, ambient lighting, passive keyless entry, power-adjustable steering column and pedals, heated and cooled front seats, steerable HID headlights, LED taillights, 19-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers and a backup camera. Optional packages bring items like navigation, power-folding third-row seats, heated steering wheel, active park assist, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise and lane guidance.
Fuel consumption estimates are 15.7/11.2 L/100 km (city/highway).
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