in 2013 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $28,832 - $34,084
Original MSRP: $45,285 - $47,280
MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy
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2013 Lincoln MKT Interior

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Testers say the 2013 Lincoln MKT’s cabin is very well-made, and they like its upscale materials, like wood and leather trim. They also say the first two rows of seats are comfortable. However, some note that even after being updated for the 2013 model year, the MyLincoln Touch infotainment and climate controls are still overly complicated and continue to have some problems. Additionally, most write that the third row is too small for adults and may be too small for teenagers or older children as well.

  • "The Lincoln MKT is arguably the best car here for passengers, especially second-row passengers who can relax and enjoy the car's entertainment tech and soft ride." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The major downside is that the 2013 Lincoln MKT sacrifices practicality in the name of unique styling. The swept-back windshield and sloping rear glass reduce interior volume (as compared to the boxy Flex), meaning less space for passengers." -- Edmunds
  • "MyLincoln Touch is just plain bad." -- AutoGuide.com


Base trims of the 2013 Lincoln MKT come with seating for seven, leather-trimmed upholstery in the first two rows and 12-way power-adjustable front seats with heating and cooling functions. On higher trims, buyers can upgrade to a power-folding third-row bench seat or power-folding second-row bucket seats with heating and cooling.

Reviewers say the MKT’s front seats are comfortable, though one shorter test driver had trouble adjusting the driver seat to fit her properly, and another notes that the MKT’s high beltline makes it hard for the driver to see the road. Most reviewers write that the best seats in the house are in the second row. However, the third row is too cramped for adults, according to most testers. One reviewer says that the third row would likely be too tight for older children and should be reserved for younger, smaller kids.

  • "The seating offered all-day comfort, which would be just the thing were we a limo driver." -- Left Lane News
  • "In subjective terms, the 2013 MKT offers plenty of interior and cargo space, with adequate head- and legroom. … Second-row passengers will find enough room for comfortable cruising; however, the third row is tight by adult standards." -- Edmunds
  • "The third row, however, is much less inviting. It isn't just limited to kids; it's limited to small kids." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

The Lincoln MKT comes well-equipped, with base trims including standard features like a 10-speaker audio system with an audio input jack, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, push-button start and MyLincoln Touch touch-screen infotainment controls. Available features include adaptive cruise control with collision warning, a THX audio system with HD radio, a blind-spot warning system and navigation.

Reviewers say the 2013 MKT’s interior materials are much higher-quality and more attractive than the 2012 model's, with upscale leather and above-average build quality. They say 2013 MKT is well-designed, too, and note that the cabin is especially good-looking, even for a luxury SUV. However, they spend the most time talking about the MyLincoln Touch touch-screen infotainment and climate controls. Some say they're easier to use than the controls in past-generation vehicles, which were confusing and didn’t work properly. However, most still write that the MyLincoln Touch controls continue to lag behind competitors, nearly all of which are easier to use. They note that despite its updates, MyLincoln Touch remains complicated and distracting and still has glitches.

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  • "The MKT's interior surprised us with its materials quality, including gorgeous hazelnut-colored leather, brown wood, and a deep gray center stack." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Thankfully, the previously frustrating MyLincoln Touch electronic interface has been improved to make it significantly quicker and easier to operate." -- Edmunds
  • "Although leagues ahead of Ford's first infotainment effort, the system still lags (often literally) some rivals. We found the slide-rule volume control to be a novelty, although one that we got used to fairly quickly." -- Left Lane News
  • "Navigation is a wonderful thing, when it works. And on the MKT it most certainly does not, thanks mostly to the MyLincoln Touch system. Glitches aside, the rest of the system is no better. Replacing knobs with touch sensitive strips may look appealing, but it is much less intuitive than it should be and pulls your eyes from the road far too often. The entire system is not at the 'premium' level that the rest of the vehicle sits at." -- AutoGuide.com


The Lincoln MKT can hold a maximum of 75.9 cubic feet of cargo with the second and third rows stowed. With the second row in use, it can hold 39.6 cubic feet of cargo, and with all three rows in use, there is 17.9 cubic feet of space left for cargo. Reviewers say this is an ample amount of storage space, and they especially like the available second-row refrigerated console. However, opting for that console shrinks the MKT’s seating capacity from seven to six, since it forces you to trade the three-seat second row bench for two captain’s chairs.

  • "In subjective terms, the 2013 MKT offers plenty of interior and cargo space." -- Edmunds
  • "A large center console runs from between the two front seats to the two rear seats, offering easy to access storage, and even an optional refrigerator." -- AutoGuide.com

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