2017 MKT New Car Test Drive
In a world of similar-looking crossover vehicles, the Lincoln MKT stands apart, courtesy of its controversial appearance. A large, three-row crossover SUV that seats six or seven depending on configuration, the design of the MKT was inspired by the now-defunct Town Car.
Part of Lincoln's lineup since 2010, the MKT continues into the 2017 model year with little change.
The MKT might look strange from the rear, but it's spacious and comfortable, capable of providing luxury travel for a family group (or placed into livery service).
All-wheel drive and front-wheel drive are available. With a choice of two V6 engines, the MKT is a stronger performer than one might assume.
The standard engine is a 3.7-liter V6 with front-wheel drive. The 3.7-liter engine makes 303 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, working with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It gets an EPA-rated 16/24 mpg City/Highway, or 19 mpg Combined.
An optional 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 comes with all-wheel drive, a 6-speed automatic, and an upgraded suspension with continuous damping control. The EcoBoost V6 develops 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet, with paddle shifters at the steering wheel that can control the transmission. It gets an EPA-estimated 15/21 mpg City/Highway, or 17 mpg Combined.
MKT comes in one trim level, abundantly equipped with leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, 10-speaker audio, a power tilt/telescopic steering column, remote start, and adjustable pedals. SYNC 3 infotainment includes an 8.0-inch screen. Heated and cooled front seats are 12-way power-adjustable. High-intensity-discharge headlights incorporate automatic high-beams.
Safety equipment includes a rearview camera and rear parking assistance. A number of active-safety features are available at extra cost, including forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and active parking assistance. Lincoln offers a MyKey system, which can let parents restrict the on-road behavior of teenage drivers. A seatbelt airbag system also is available for outboard occupants in the second row.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave MKT Good ratings in each completed test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave a four-star score for rollover avoidance (a calculated figure).
The 2017 Lincoln MKT 3.7 ($43,530) has the 3.7-liter V6 engine and front-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, automatic climate control (three zones), fixed-panel panoramic sunroof, second-row sunshades, ambient cabin lighting, keyless start, foglamps, power liftgate, rear spoiler, and 19-inch alloy wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
MKT 3.5 AWD ($49,025) substitutes all-wheel drive and the more powerful EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 engine. An Elite Package for the EcoBoost model includes a power-folding third-row seat, HD radio, a THX II-certified audio system, heated steering wheel, and voice-activated navigation. A Technology Package (which requires the Elite Package) adds adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation, active park assist, and active lane control. You can also specify a second-row refrigerator console, rear-seat entertainment package, 20-inch wheels, and a towing package.