Flash Drive: 2010 Lincoln MKT
This 2010 review is representative of model years 2010 to 2012.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The 2010 Lincoln MKT has a nicely finished, luxurious interior; a responsive and refined road demeanor; and room for seven passengers and all their stuff. And it's powered by Ford's fabulous new EcoBoost turbocharged V6 engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission, so it has plenty of get-up-and-go. Essentially, it's a utility vehicle without being an SUV. However, I just haven't warmed up to the exterior design. The profile is interesting, with the upswept beltline and narrow windows. But the front end is totally dominated by the grille and the rear end is just too bulbous — it reminds me of some of the trunk designs from the '80s. The narrow side windows and small rear window also make it difficult to see to the rear (be sure to check the rearview camera before backing up). However, I did love Ford's simple-to-use Easy Fuel gas cap. It's a very nice feature, indeed. –Mike Meredith
The new Lincoln MKT may not ever be accused of being the most attractive vehicle on the road, but it certainly stands out from the crowd. The protruding grille looks a little like the face of the man-eating alien from the 1986 sci-fi classic "Aliens." Plus, it has an odd-shaped rear cargo hatch. However, if you can make it past the unusual exterior, you'll find an elegant, nicely equipped cabin with comfortable seating for four, and available seating for up to seven. Bucket seats in the second row have footrests and are divided by a big center console complete with refrigerator. The third row is slightly cramped, but access is easy: Push a button and the second-row seats fold up out of the way. The rear doors are large, which is great for passenger entry and exit, but not so good if you are parked close to a wall or another vehicle. The third row easily folds flat, but there's still reasonable cargo space with that row in place. As we found in the Flex, the EcoBoost engine is simply fantastic, with more than enough power to get this big crossover moving quickly. Fuel economy was not great, but not that surprising for such a big vehicle with 355 horsepower. Overall, the MKT is a great luxury crossover choice — assuming you can get past the exterior styling. –Perry Stern
Visually, the Lincoln MKT is not an attractive SUV. The awkward combination of the chunky, piranha-like grille, the large rear lights and the nonfluid body lines makes you wonder what the design visionaries at Lincoln were thinking. However, they did hit the mark inside. The MKT is very comfortable inside thanks to the supple leather seats, which made longer drives enjoyable. There is plenty of room in the second row, though the third row is on the tight side for adults. The EcoBoost engine was smooth and provided ample thrust. However, in my opinion, the interior accoutrements did not offset the exterior design blunders. –Joe Chulick