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in 2012 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $26,538 - $30,624
Original MSRP: $44,300 - $46,295
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2012 Lincoln MKT Interior

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The 2012 Lincoln MKT boasts seating for up to seven in a high-quality, well-equipped and extremely quiet cabin. But its downfalls are cargo space that’s only average and a third-row bench seat that offers plenty of legroom, but little headroom.

  • "While the MKT's exterior may not be everyone's favorite, the interior is where it really shines, with features like an available second-row center console refrigerator, a panoramic Vista roof and leather-appointed seats that could be right at home in a Japanese or European vehicle.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "MKT has an abundance of padded surfaces and quality touches such as stitching on the dash top. Wood interior trim is standard with an optional distinctive metallic trim. Most of the interior materials are of good quality, however some textures fail to impress. The use of painted plastic substituting for metal trim on the center stack disappoints in this price range.” -- Consumer Guide

Seating

The Lincoln MKT comes standard with leather-appointed upholstery and seating for seven. Buyers who prefer two bucket seats in the middle row rather than a bench seat will have to step up to the Ecoboost trim, then shell out an extra $995. The MKT comes with two sets of Lower Anchors and Tether anchors for Children (LATCH) connectors, located on the outboard seats in the second row.

Reviewers say that while the front two rows of seats offer plenty of space, the third row is not made for two adult-sized passengers. Keep in mind that many luxury midsize crossovers encounter the same problem, and many offer third row seats that are barely hospitable for kids.

  • "The second row has ample 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 upright. The MKT's sleeker styling is likely to blame, as third-row headroom in the Flex is fine.” -- Cars.com
  • "MKT has large, comfortable seats and ample room. Standard power tilt and telescopic steering wheel and power-adjustable pedals make it easy to find a comfortable driving position.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The second row is akin to any first class airliner, especially with the optional mini-fridge/freezer." -- Jalopnik
  • "The main problem with the MKT is that form trumps function, as its sloping roof line significantly chops headroom for third-row passengers, even though the Flex-based seating arrangement allows for plenty of legroom.” -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviewers are impressed with the standard and available features that come with the 2012 Lincoln MKT. They say it’s filled with high-tech gadgets that are easy to use, which is something few luxury vehicles can boast. The base Lincoln MKT comes standard with features like tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, power liftgate, reverse sensors and leather-trimmed seats.

Stepping up to the MKT Ecoboost trim doesn’t get you more standard features beside the turbocharged engine, but unlocks optional features like a THX sound system, a navigation system with SiriusXM satellite radio, adaptive cruise control and a refrigerated second-row console.

  • "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
  • "The gauges are clearly marked and well placed. Controls are also well placed. Audio and climate functions are largely separate from the optional navigation system. The navigation system absorbs some audio functions but is simple to program.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Add the second-row center console with refrigerator and headrest-mounted DVD screens and you're traveling in limo-class luxury.” -- Edmunds
  • "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 with only the third row folded and 17.9 cubic feet with all seats in use. That’s about average for a luxury midsize SUV.

By contrast, the three-row Acura MDX provides about 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, beats the MDX and MKT with a maximum of 115 cubic feet of space. Best of all, it costs about $7,700 less than the MKT.

However, the Enclave doesn’t offer the same luxury conveniences. The Ecoboost MKT offers a power-folding third row as part of the $4,000 elite package, which results in a completely flat cargo floor.

  • "There is a useful well behind the 3rd-row seat. With all seats folded there is a long, flat load floor with generous cargo room. The 3rd-row seats require several steps to fold, but power folding is optional." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The MKT offers up 76 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, which is competitive, though below average for a large luxury crossover." -- Edmunds

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