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

The 2014 Lincoln MKT ranks 12 out of 18 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Lincoln MKT, as well as reliability and safety data.

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While test drivers like the 2014 Lincoln MKT's upscale interior and comfortable, refined driving dynamics, some luxury midsize SUVs offer greater cargo space or are billed as more fun to drive.

The 2014 MKT is available with two engine choices, and auto writers say that the base V6 engine provides adequate power. Many prefer the optional EcoBoost V6 engine, however, for its added horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and reviewers agree that it shifts smoothly and promptly. Fuel economy is rated up to an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. Test drivers agree that the MKT's ride is oriented more for comfort than sport, but most seem to like it. Some note that the MKT remains fairly composed through turns, and that its brakes offer plenty of stopping power.

Most test drivers say that the Lincoln MKT is constructed with high-quality materials that lend an upscale appearance to the cabin. The seven-seat MKT's cargo space is not class-leading, but is comparable with what other luxury midsize SUVs offer. The MKT comes with numerous standard features, including the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, which some reviewers say makes navigation, audio and climate controls needlessly complicated. Other standard features include a 10-speaker stereo, dual USB ports, a backup camera and tri-zone automatic climate control. Major options include a 14-speaker THX sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system and navigation. Available safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control and blind spot alert, as well as active park assist, which enables the MKT to parallel park itself with minimal driver input.

  • "Thanks to good genes, the seven-passenger 2014 Lincoln MKT does a lot of things right. Based on the highly regarded Ford Flex, the Lincoln MKT shares much of that large crossover wagon's attributes. These include solid all-around performance, comfortable seating and a well-built cabin with a satisfying array of high-tech features. Given that the MKT is the Ford's uptown cousin, you'd expect it to be even better -- and certainly, it has a more luxurious cabin ambience. Compared with the box-shaped Ford, though, this more stylized Lincoln crossover comes up a little short in the utility department." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2014 Lincoln MKT's exterior styling may be considered controversial, but if you're willing to look beneath the sheet metal you'll find a highly accommodating, elegant people-mover." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Lincoln MKT is a three-row luxury crossover that recently received a mid-cycle refresh. Although its styling is not to everyone's tastes, the MKT does provide a long list of standard luxury features in addition to a comfortable and spacious interior." -- Left Lane News

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Other SUVs to Consider

With among the most cargo space in the class and better fuel economy than the MKT, the Acura MDX ranks highly in the class. Reviewers praise the MDX for its high-quality interior materials, comfortable, refined ride and spacious seats.

If you can survive without a third row of seats, reviewers say the Volkswagen Touareg has an upscale cabin with among the most comfortable seats in the segment. Additionally, test drivers like the Touareg's optional diesel V6 engine, which helps the Touareg achieve among the best fuel economy in the class.

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Details: 2014 Lincoln MKT

The 2014 Lincoln MKT seats seven, although optional middle-row bucket seats reduce seating capacity to six. The MKT comes standard with front-wheel drive and a 3.7-liter V6, while models with all-wheel drive get a more powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. A six-speed automatic transmission comes with both engines. Only one trim is offered, but the MKT is available with 100A, 200A and 201A equipment groups, which add to the list of standard features. The MKT is largely unchanged since it debuted in 2010. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 to 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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