2008 Lincoln Mark LT Performance
This performance review was written when the 2008 Lincoln Mark LT was new.
The Mark LT's engine power is just acceptable for a sports utility truck, and its further hurt in the rankings by an outdated transmission and poor gas mileage. "The good news," however, "is that it has exceptional ride and handling characteristics, a usable cargo bed and decent towing capacity," says Edmunds.
Acceleration and Power
Every 2008 Mark LT is powered by a 5.4L V8 engine that makes 300-horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. While most reviewers believe that the LT's engine provides adequate power, many concede that it lacks vigor. Consumer Guide notes that the LT has "adequate acceleration, and enough muscle for most towing," but later notes that passing power and overall responsiveness is mediocre. Edmunds adds: "Despite the Mark LT's powerful V8, the truck isn't really very quick. We recorded a 0-60 mph time of 9.8 seconds, and the big Lincoln got through the quarter-mile in a leisurely 16.9 seconds."
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Mark LT has a fuel economy of 12 miles per gallon in the city and 16 mpg on the highway. "As you might imagine, given its size, weight and power, it's a gas guzzler," says Forbes. MSN explains, "One shouldn't expect very high fuel economy with a big, heavy pickup, so the Mark LT's lackluster economy isn't surprising." The Auto Channel adds that given the price of gas, "you might have to take out a loan to fill the 30-gallon fuel tank, even with regular gas."
Standard on every Mark LT is an electronic four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC), which receives mixed reviews. "The automatic transmission has what's come to seem an outdated four gears, not five or six, but slips through them as if it were designed for a premium car, not a work-capable truck. That's a pleasant surprise in any Ford product," says Forbes writes, "a five- or six-speed would afford smoother operation and improve fuel economy." With regard to execution, Motor Trend says that it shows "reluctance to kick down," while Edmunds adds that "it delivers positive upshifts and almost imperceptible downshifts.". Nevertheless,
Handling and Braking
Despite the Mark LT's sheer size and strength, reviewers, on balance, agree that it offers a smooth ride similar to that of a sedan. "For a luxury vehicle capable of towing a very sizeable boat or horse trailer, the Mark LT delivers an acceptably smooth and quiet highway ride." Still, Kelley Blue Book asserts that it "isn't the easiest vehicle to park." While the Mark LT is praised for its refined steering configuration and supple suspension, its braking system receives mixed reviews.
All Mark LT trims come outfitted with a power rack-and-pinion steering setup. While Consumer Guide describes it as being "nicely weighted," MSN says it's "responsive." Edmunds adds, "The steering requires just enough effort to remind you you're driving a huge truck, but also has a quick feel that contributes to the LT's comfortable demeanor."
The Mark LT is outfitted with a front double-wishbone suspension, stabilizer bar and coil-over-shock configuration; in the rear, it features a live axle and leaf springs. Heavy-duty gas pressurized shock absorbers come standard as well. "The Mark LT comes across as a luxury pickup with a softer tuned, sedan-like suspension," says the MSN affirms that its "suspension provides a generally smooth ride," it concedes that "some roads cause a slight side-to-side rocking motion that leads to a little 'head toss.'" Nevertheless, Consumer Guide claims that it remains "reasonably composed at speed and over big dips.". Though
While the Mark LT's steering and suspension systems impress, its brake system receives mixed reviews. Standard on every Mark LT are four-wheel disc brakes with an anti-lock brake system (ABS), as well as Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. According to MSN, "The standard anti-lock brakes do well and have good pedal feel." Consumer Guide adds that they "feel strong" and are "easily modulated." Edmunds, on the other hand, asserts that "the pedal tends to feel mushy at first, only getting firm toward the end of its travel." Traction control comes standard with the short wheelbase 4x2 Lincoln Mark LT.
"But have no fear," says the. "Despite the fact that the ride quality is good enough to fool you into thinking you're driving a large luxury car, not a pickup, this isn't a girlie-man truck." The Lincoln Mark LT's payload capacity ranges from 1,430 pounds to 1,680 pounds, depending on which trim is selected. Of all the trims, the short wheelbase 4x2 Lincoln Mark LT has the highest payload capacity.
The Mark LT's bed features a width of 65.2 inches between walls (50 inches between wheel wells). While its standard bed length is 67 inches, a 78.8-inch truck bed is available. For those who desire more versatility, a bed extender is also optional, but only for standard bed lengths.
An almost universal complaint among auto reviewers is the Mark LT's lack of a bedliner. "To better protect cargo, and the truck itself, we wished the Mark LT's bed came with a bedliner," says the.
According to Kelley Blue Book, "The Mark LT offers legitimate, truck-like hauling and towing capacities." When properly equipped with Lincoln's Class IV Trailer Tow Package, the 2008 Mark LT has towing capacity that ranges from 8,500 pounds to 8,900 pounds, depending on which trim is chosen. Of all the trims, the short wheelbase 4x2 Lincoln Mark LT has the highest towing capacity.
Lincoln's Class IV Trailer Tow Package includes a frame-mounted hitch receiver, seven-pin wiring harness, heavy-duty 72-amp battery, upgraded radiator and auxiliary transmission oil cooler.