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in 2010 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $21,373 - $23,078
Original MSRP: $44,200 - $49,200
MPG: 17 City / 23 Hwy
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2010 Lincoln MKT Interior

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The brand-new Lincoln MKT boasts seating for up to seven in a high-quality, well-equipped and extremely quiet cabin. But its downfalls are lacking cargo space and a very cramped third-row bench seat.

  • "Other than the goofy proportions and polarizing snout, perhaps the most immediately noteworthy thing about the MKT is how pleasant it is inside its cabin. The interior is serenely quiet, even at triple-digit speeds, thanks to heaps of sound deadening; laminated, thicker windows; and aerodynamic tuning that included optimizing the shape of the side mirrors." -- Car and Driver
  • "Both MKT models are offered with a choice of a six- or seven-passenger interior. Whichever layout you choose, you can expect stylish design and top-quality materials including leather upholstery and genuine wood trim." -- Edmunds
  • "Speaking of the cabin, we found the inside of the MKT a wonderful place to be. The dashboard and door panels are trimmed in cut-and-sew leather, and all models get the same eight-inch LCD touchscreen in the center stack - regardless of whether they are equipped with a nav system." -- Autoblog
  • "Like the Mercedes-Benz, Lincoln aims for luxury with the MKT, fitting the cabin with comfortable and attractive materials while making available a variety of tech features. Rear seat refrigerator? Check. Head rest-mounted rear seat DVD monitors? Check. Panoramic sunroof? Check. Heated and cooled seats? Check." -- CNET

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Seating

The MKT comes with three rows of leather-trimmed seats for seven passengers -- or six, if you opt for a pair of bucket seats in the second row. While the first- and second-row seats receive excellent reviews, reviewers find the third row sorely disappointing because it’s so cramped. However, it may be adequate for small children. The MKT provides two LATCH connections for compatible child safety seats in the second row outboard seats, and another one in the third-row seat on the passenger side.

If you're looking for a more spacious third row, check out the Buick Enclave. Though it’s technically not part of the luxury SUV class, it’s nearly as refined as its luxury counterparts, comes with a more usable third row, and costs almost $9,000 less than the MKT.

A plus for the MKT is its front-seat versatility, which will come in handy for drivers who aren’t used to its truck-like, upright driving position. It comes standard with power-adjustable pedals, adjustable front center armrests, and 12-way power front seats.

  • "Whether you need the standard three-across bench or spring for the twin buckets, there is tons of room in the second row. The rocker panels have been integrated into the doors, reducing the width of the door sill and greatly improving ingress and egress." -- Car and Driver
  • "Because of laughably inadequate headroom (it has more than 5 fewer inches of headroom than a Flex), the MKT's third-row seat is as bad a joke as the third rows of all the other vehicles in its class - or worse." -- Edmunds
  • "Thanks to the optional sunroof and the more rakish d-pillar versus the Flex, the MKT's third-row seat is best left to the kids or those under about five-and-a-half feet tall. First and second rows are extremely roomy and comfortable." -- Motor Trend
  • "The second row has lots of legroom and comfortable seats. The third row, meanwhile, suffers from a lack of headroom that makes it impossible for tall passengers to sit with their heads straight; I had to tilt mine to the side in order to sit down. The MKT's sleeker styling is likely to blame, as third-row headroom in the Flex is fine." -- Cars.com
  • "The second row is akin to any first class airliner, especially with the optional mini-fridge/freezer. If there's any chink in the MKT's armor it's a third row that's still too small. Legroom isn't so much the problem as it is headroom. At six feet tall, I found the ceiling to be about six inches too low." -- Jalopnik

Interior Features

The MKT comes with a long list of standard equipment as well as plenty of high-tech options. Edmunds says the EcoBoost model comes “with a list of standard equipment so long it borders on the absurd.” On top of that, the cabin is whisper-quiet and boasts high-quality materials.

Standard equipment on base models includes a rearview camera, automatic temperature control with rear climate controls, Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, Sirius satellite radio, front heated and cooled seats and remote keyless entry. A voice-activated navigation system is part of the Elite Package, which also comes with a Blind Spot Information System and power panoramic Vista Roof.

With all of the available tech gadgets, this SUV is a parent's dream. An optional second-row refrigerated console can chill up to seven 12-ounce cans, four half-liter bottles or two 20-ounce bottles. There’s also an available dual-headrest rear DVD entertainment system so your kids can watch two different DVDs.

  • "The various woods are flawless, the gadget load is heavy and the leather is supple. Other cars offer all the stuff this Lincoln does, but not all at once and definitely not with the same level of integration with the flowing shapes. It's gadget-heavy with Sirius Travelink, Bluetooth, power-whatever-you-want, acres of skylight, heated and cooled seats front and rear and the list goes on." -- Jalopnik
  • "Of course, virtually every luxury is included with every MKT and the standard twin glass panel roof is particularly neat (the ability to open the panels is, however, an extra cost option). But ‘virtually every' isn't the same as ‘every' and things like a DVD player with video monitors snuggled into the front-seat headrests, a full-length center console with built-in rear fridge and a radar-based adaptive cruise control system cost extra." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Cabin tech has been a strong point for Ford company cars in the last few years, and the MKT doesn't let us down in this regard. The navigation system's maps look a little dated, but feature-wise, you would have a hard time finding a car that matches the MKT." -- CNET

Cargo

The MKT provides a maximum of 75.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the second- and third rows folded down (39.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 17.9 behind the third). Those figures are about average for the class.

By contrast, the three-row Acura MDX provides around 15 cubic feet with all seats in use and a maximum of 83.5 cubic feet. However, the Buick Enclave, which also comes with three rows of seats, has both the MDX and MKT beat with a maximum of 115.1 cubic feet of space.

But the Enclave doesn’t offer the same luxury conveniences. The MKT’s offers a power-folding third row which results in a completely flat cargo floor.

  • "We will say that the MKT's third row folds away deep into the cargo floor, minivanlike, which provides a nice low load floor with the seats folded and a deep cargo well behind the third row when it's erect." -- Edmunds

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