2011 MKT New Car Test Drive
Newly introduced, the Lincoln MKT is a large crossover sport-utility that provides full-size, three-row seating and a full list of amenities. Sleek and stylish, the Lincoln MKT offers the sharpest handling in its class, along with responsive performance from the turbocharged Ecoboost V6.
When equipped with the stellar 355-horsepower twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and enhanced with all-wheel drive, the Lincoln MKT boasts the forceful performance and athleticism of all but the hottest performance sedans. The EcoBoost engine achieves decent EPA City/Highway ratings of 16/21 mpg on the Lincoln MKT AWD, while delivering responsive, turbocharged performance. The Lincoln MKT comes standard with a normally aspirated 268-hp 3.7-liter V6 with similar fuel economy (16/22 mpg) but without the turbocharged performance supplied by the more advanced Ecoboost engine.
Where the Lincoln MKT leaves the competition behind is in its over-the-road dynamics. The MKT Ecoboost we drove showed a minimum of body roll in curves, and its shock-absorber tuning and live-wire electronic rack-and-pinion steering flawlessly communicated road-surface information. Full-size competitors, including the Cadillac Escalade, Acura's MDX and the Audi Q7, all certainly and variously competent, can't hold a candle to the agility of this three-row sports car.
In addition to exhibiting excellent handling, the Lincoln MKT is a comfortable, lavishly appointed luxury crossover. Its interior is part living room on wheels, part wood-lined room at the club. It even features power second-row seats that leap forward at the touch of a button for easy access to the third row. The second row can be comfy twin buckets, yielding seating for a total of six, or a bench, making for seating for seven. You can even choose an available second-row refrigerator to keep family beverages cool and crisp.
Finally, the Lincoln MKT offers the full variety of cyber-connectivity expected from Ford products. A voice-actuated Lincoln SYNC communication and entertainment system can be combined with two separate seatback DVD screens. There will be no backseat fighting over what to watch. And Sirius Satellite and Travel Link provide entertainment and all relevant traffic, weather and local information, including full listings of regional gas stations, arranged by nearness or price per gallon.
A full inventory of airbags is standard, and the Lincoln MKT received a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Additional safety equipment includes blind-spot warning, cross-traffic and rear alert for use in parking lots, a rearview camera, gap-sensitive adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support and much more.
The Lincoln MKT was launched as a 2010 model and continues into 2011 with no changes.
The 2011 Lincoln MKT ($44,200) comes standard with a 268-hp 3.7-liter V6, front-wheel drive, and 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. It is also available with all-wheel drive ($46,195).
Lincoln MKT EcoBoost ($49,200) upgrades with a 355-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter 24-valve EcoBoost V6, all-wheel drive, and 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels.
Standard features include premium leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, cabin-air filtration, 12-way adjustable cooled and heated driver and front-passenger seats, heated second-row seats, third-row 50/50 seats, seat memory system, power tilt/telescope steering, leather steering wheel with wood accents and redundant audio and speed controls, touch-screen monitor, illuminated front visors, one-touch up/down four windows, AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3 with 10 speakers, Sirius Satellite Radio, capless fuel filler, reverse sensing system, Lincoln Sync communications and entertainment, speed-sensitive/rain-sensitive front wipers, two-speed rear wiper, intelligent access with pushbutton start, universal garage door opener, adjustable pedals with memory, second-row sunshades, anti-theft alarm, power door locks with auto-lock, keyless entry keypad, performance-limiting programmable key, fog lamps, second- and third-row privacy glass, glass roof with power front and rear sunshade, adaptive headlamps with auto high beam, heated power mirrors with memory and driver's side auto-dimming, 19-inch wheels, genuine wood interior applique, rear-window defroster, courtesy lamps, LED instrumentation, message center, auto-dimming rearview, power liftgate, four 12-volt powerpoints, rear cargo cover and net.
The Preferred Package ($4,000) adds voice-activated navigation with in-dash DVD/CD/MP3 player, DVD audio and video capability; internal hard-disk drive for map; 10GB Music Jukebox storing up to 100 CDs; Sirius Travel Link and THX II 5.1 audio system; blind-spot information and cross-traffic alert; fold-and-tumble third-row seats, and power panoramic vista roof.
Options include adaptive cruise control ($1,295) and collision warning with brake support; Class III trailer tow package ($595), including wiring harness, 4/7-pin connector, engine oil cooler (3.7-liter V6), tire mobility kit and trailer-sway control; dual headrest DVD system ($1,995), second-row heated and cooled power fold-and-tumble bucket seats ($995), second-row refrigerator ($895), active park assist ($595); 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels for the 3.7-liter V6 ($1,350).
Safety equipment includes front and side airbags, three-row side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor, seat-belt pretensioners, seat-belt energy-management retractors, seat-belt usage sensors, driver-seat position sensor, crash severity sensor, front-passenger sensing system, rearview camera, post-crash alert system, child-safety rear door locks, child-safety seat anchors, electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and tire-pressure monitor. All-wheel drive is available, which enhances traction and stability in adverse conditions.
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