Its first attempt at a luxury truck failed miserably with the Blackwood, but Lincoln is making a much better effort with the 2007 Lincoln Mark LT. Though outselling its only real competition, the Cadillac Escalade EXT, nearly 2 to 1 this year, the question of "why" still remains. Does Lincoln really need a rebadged F-150? Does it even warrant having a pickup truck in its lineup at all? Regardless of what anyone else thinks, Lincoln obviously believes that's the case, so here we are. While Ford offers the "King Ranch " version of the F-150, it is targeted at the rancher (or rancher wannabe) who is looking for something a little more luxurious. The Mark LT is clearly aimed at the Polo Club crowd, hoping to wow them with that Lincoln chrome and glitter, while still offering all the utility of a real truck. One thing the Mark LT excels at is grabbing attention, as evidenced by the number of people who stopped us to ask what it was. Living in a rural area where trucks are king, onlookers were very impressed with its looks both inside and out, but enthusiasm waned slightly when they inquired about its price. Exclusivity doesn't come cheap, and the base price for the 2007 Lincoln Mark LT 4x4 is $42,395 including $900 in destination and delivery charges. One of the truck's selling points is the availability of a traditional 6.5-foot bed -- an option not available on the Escalade EXT costing nearly $14,000 more (base price). The truck we drove included $6,545 worth of options, which elevated the total sticker price to $48,940. You can see a copy of the sticker after the jump for the complete options list, but this truck was almost fully loaded, lacking only the $1,295 rear entertainment system, bed extender and chrome bed rails. Read complete review with pics after the jump! Our first impression of the Mark LT was quite good. The black clearcoat paint provides an excellent backdrop for the signature chrome Lincoln grille, which is changed along with the headlights for '07 and unique to the Mark LT. The truck we drove had the Monochrome Appearance and Elite Packages, which adds a body-color grille surround, mirror caps, and bumpers on the outside. Furthering the luxury inside, these packages also add a power rear sliding window, chrome-plated running boards, Class IV trailer towing, power 1-touch open/close moonroof, reverse sensing system, the award winning corporate navigation system with an incredible sounding Audiophile AM/FM CD6 stereo and Sirius satellite radio. Unfortunately, all of the options in the world can't cover up the fact that this is still a dressed-up F-150. Although better than most pickups, the Mark LT still just doesn't exactly exude luxury in the ride category. We're sure that some of the degradation in comfort comes from the 275/55R20 Pirelli Scorpion tires mounted to the optional 20-inch chrome aluminum wheels costing $1,495. Apparently adding the bling incurs costs that aren't just monetary. One benefit of the …
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