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Lincoln MKT Review

The 2015 Lincoln MKT ranks 6 out of 9 Luxury Large 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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The 2015 Lincoln MKT offers a comfortable, quiet ride, but it has frustrating infotainment controls, according to auto writers.

Test drivers report that the 2015 MKT's standard V6 engine should provide satisfactory acceleration for most buyers. However, most automotive journalists prefer the optional twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 because it offers much stronger acceleration. The base MKT comes with front-wheel drive, while EcoBoost models have all-wheel drive. Both models have a six-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the base 2015 Lincoln MKT gets 17/25 mpg city/highway, which is slightly low for a three-row SUV with a six-cylinder engine. Reviewers write that the MKT has strong brakes and secure handling for a large SUV, but they note that it leans heavily during higher-speed turns, and they say its smooth ride is its real strong suit.

The 2015 Lincoln MKT's interior is quiet and well-built, and its materials match up with the materials in rival vehicles, according to auto writers. Reviewers note that the MKT's front seats are comfortable and its second-row seats are particularly spacious. However they write that the MKT's third-row seats don’t offer enough room for adults, which is a typical complaint for a three-row SUV. The MKT's cargo space is also small compared with the cargo areas in other three-row luxury SUVs. Test drivers report that competitors have easier-to-use infotainment and climate controls, noting that the touch-sensitive buttons are particularly frustrating. However, reviewers do appreciate the MKT's generous list of standard features, which includes leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, a power liftgate, a fixed-glass roof, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, satellite radio, two USB ports, SYNC voice-activated infotainment controls and the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. Available features include power-folding third-row seats, a panoramic sunroof, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, navigation, a THX II certified sound system, a dual-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist and parallel park assist.

  • "Let's skip the exterior styling of the 2015 Lincoln MKT for a moment, and instead look inside. There, you'll find this big luxury crossover SUV offers a comfortable, quiet and luxurious interior." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "If you're drawn to the Lincoln's styling, though, and don't think you'll be using the third-row seat very often, the 2015 MKT deserves a look, particularly if a quiet, comfy cabin and a great deal of standard content are your chief priorities." -- Edmunds
  • "Overall, this sophisticated crossover has developed into a strong contender among its luxury-laden competitors despite its polarizing and arguably dated exterior design." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "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. It's also an unsightly creature, and neither Lincoln's meager brand cachet nor the MKT's chic interior can outweigh the MKT's baroque styling." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Infiniti QX60 has roomy third-row seats and user-friendly audio and climate controls, according to critics. The QX60 also gets better fuel economy than the MKT, and reviewers appreciate its composed handling and comfortable ride.

The Acura MDX gets better fuel economy and offers more cargo space than the MKT. Test drivers praise its strong V6 engine, athletic handling and comfortable, luxurious cabin.

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Details: 2015 Lincoln MKT

The 2015 Lincoln MKT seats seven, though available second-row bucket seats reduce capacity to six. The MKT comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 engine and front-wheel drive. A twin-turbocharged (EcoBoost) 3.5-liter V6 and all-wheel drive are available. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines. The MKT has not received a major redesign since it debuted in the 2010 model year, and it sees no major changes for the 2015 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/1/15

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