The Lincoln MKT is a distinctive, full-size luxury crossover in that it’s difficult to really link it to similar luxury crossovers in its class. While you may be aware of the Ford Flex body structure underneath the 2012 Lincoln MKT’s sheet metal construction, you won’t mistake the Lincoln MKT for a Ford, an Acura MDX, or a BMW X5. Whether or not that’s a good thing will be up to the individual driver to decide.
New For 2012
The 2012 Lincoln MKT hasn’t really changed things up much from the prior model year. The main differences you’ll notice are:
- Front-wheel drive only on the base model
- EcoBoost trim more affordable
To put it as tactfully as possible, the exterior design of the Lincoln MKT is an acquired taste. The look of the front grill, a split grill with vertical slats, will be loved by some and abhorred by others, as will the somewhat boxy, bloated shape, especially in the rear. The positive thing is that you’ll know right away whether the shape of the 2012 Lincoln MKT works for you. The wide rear doors allow easy entry and exit for rear passengers. The exterior features remote keyless entry, 19-inch alloy wheels with available 20-inch rims, a power liftgate, rearview camera, and adaptive xenon headlights. The EcoBoost trim includes an options package that adds a panoramic sunroof and auto park assist. Available colors for the 2012 Lincoln MKT include Tuxedo Black, Ingot Silver, White Platinum, Red Candy and Dark Blue.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2012 Lincoln MKT is where this luxury crossover really shows its worth. Although the third row is woefully lacking in headroom due to the sloping exterior design, the leather seats, soft touch dashboard trim and temperature controllable seats make up for that quickly, as does the generous legroom of the comfortable second row seats. The 2012 Lincoln MKT seats seven with a second row bench seat. Upgrade the second row to bucket seats and passenger seating drops to six. You can also upgrade to a refrigerated center console between seats.
You’ll find a plethora of luxury interior features inside the 2012 Lincoln MKT, including the center touch screen Sync system with eight-inch display for controlling audio, climate, and telephone options. You’ll also get eight way power front seats with four way power lumbar support and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, along with tri-zone climate control.
If you opt for the Elite package on the Eco Boost, you’ll also get 14-speaker surround sound, voice operated navigation, power folding third row seats, and options for dual screen rear entertainment and second row sliding Captain’s chairs.
You’ll have plenty of room for cargo, as the 2012 Lincoln MKT provides a healthy 75.9 cubic feet of cargo space.
You’ll find some extremely useful safety features in the 2012 Lincoln MKT, features that will give your comfort when driving with the kids. These include a blind spot warning system, electronic cross traffic detection, emergency crash notification with Sync, and multiple airbags. The MyKey feature will come as exciting news to parents with teenage drivers, as you can use it to limit maximum speed and even audio volume. The 2012 Lincoln MKT also features adaptive cruise control and Collision Warning with Brake Support. This feature warns the driver when a car ahead is moving too slowly and pre-charges the brakes in case a panic stop is initiated.
Other safety features on the 2012 Lincoln MKT include stability and traction control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, emergency braking assistance and electronic brake force distribution, Xenon high intensity discharge self-leveling headlights for optimal visibility, and front and rear ventilated disc brakes. You’ll also discover an alarm system and engine immobilizer along with rear door child safety locks and child seat anchors.
You’ll definitely appreciate the MKT’s pleasant driving experience, which may be smoother than you’d expect from a large luxury crossover, on both the front wheel drive base model and the All-Wheel Drive EcoBoost. A solid suspension means you’ll get a good ride, even when the MKT is loaded up, and the handling won’t give you any reason to complain either, with responsive power steering on both the base and Eco Boost models. The base model features a 3.7-liter V-6 that generates 268 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.5-liter V-6 on the EcoBoost with Twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection puts out a few more horses, 355 total, to go with 350 lb-ft of torque. Both models are linked to a six-speed shiftable automatic with shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. Fuel economy measures out to 17/24 mpg city/highway on the base model and 16/22 mpg city/highway for the EcoBoost.
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