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in Luxury Midsize SUVs

MSRP: $43,050 - $45,045
Invoice: $40,898 - $42,792
MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy
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Lincoln MKT Interior

Reviewers praise the 2014 Lincoln MKT for its quiet interior, which they say is built with soft-touch materials. However, some test drivers note that the MKT has less cargo and passenger space than its platformmate, the 2014 Ford Flex.

  • "The Lincoln's interior boasts a classy design, high-quality materials and plenty of sound insulation to ensure a tranquil ride on those long road trips." -- Edmunds
  • "The MKT's interior shines even compared with other premium 3-row SUVs. Spacious, luxurious and versatile, it's available in 6- or 7-passenger configurations." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2013)

Seating

The MKT seats up to seven people in three rows, though an optional second-row center console reduces seating capacity to six. Leather upholstery and power-adjustable heated and cooled front seats are standard. Power-folding heated and cooled second-row seats are optional. Test drivers say that the MKT's leather seats are very comfortable in the front and middle rows, although not all critics think the third-row seats are spacious. Some reviewers say that the MKT's blind spots toward the rear make the standard backup camera an appreciated feature.

  • "Occupants will enjoy 12-way adjustable seats, with the first two rows covered in Bridge of Weir leather, from Scotland, giving a truly high-end luxury appearance and feel. The driver is treated with adjustable pedals and power tilt/telescoping steering wheel that is also heated." -- Left Lane News
  • "Underneath that bulbous exterior is a luxurious 3-row cocoon that seats six or seven in supreme comfort." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Second-row passengers will generally find enough room for comfortable cruising, but the third row is snug by adult standards and tighter on headroom than many competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "The third row, however, is much less inviting. It isn't just limited to kids; it's limited to small kids." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Lincoln MKT comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo system, a backup camera, rear parking sensors and the SYNC with MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, which includes two USB ports and controls audio, climate and navigation functions through a touch screen or with voice commands. Major options include a refrigerated console in the second row, navigation, HD Radio, a rear-seat entertainment system and a 14-speaker THX surround-sound audio system. Optional safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control and lane keeping alert, as well as active park assist, which enables the MKT to parallel park with minimal driver input.

As with many Lincoln products, reviewers offer mixed reviews of the MyLincoln Touch system. Some say that it has improved over time, while others write that it is still needlessly complicated and slow to react to inputs. One test driver advises that it is possible to work around some of the system by using the redundant steering wheel buttons.

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  • "Another annoyance is the MyLincoln Touch electronics interface (which is similar to the MyFord Touch system in the Flex): It looks slick, but it can be annoying to use due to the sluggish response from the touch-activated controls." -- Edmunds
  • "A touch-screen telematics system controls navigation, climate and audio functions, and its formerly complicated operation has been improved." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Many consumers report that the system [MyLincoln Touch] is a ‘love it or hate it’ item, so those interested in the MKT are advised to try before they buy." -- Left Lane News

Cargo

The Lincoln MKT offers 17.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 39.6 cubic feet with the third row folded and a maximum of 75.9 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. The MKT's cargo space is comparable with what other luxury midsize SUVs offer, but not as much as what class leaders like the Acura MDX have. While one reviewer is pleased with the MKT's available cargo space, another says that with a more conventional, boxy shape, the mechanically-similar Ford Flex offers greater cargo capacity.

  • "Cargo space is commendable, and can be further expanded by folding the rear seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "However, the 2014 Lincoln MKT's swept-back roof line and sloping rear window translate to less interior volume -- compared with both the boxy Flex and most other three-row luxury crossovers. As a result, there's less space available for cargo and passengers riding in the third row." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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