Lincoln MKT

Introduced in 2010, the Lincoln MKT offers a roomier upscale alternative to the existing Lincoln MKX midsize crossover. With an optional EcoBoost engine, the MKT also provides more power than a typical car-based SUV without suffering from a significant decrease in fuel efficiency.

The Lincoln MKT shares a build with the midsize Ford Flex crossover. At 207.6 inches long, the MKT provides room for three seat rows and up to seven passengers. In contrast, the Lincoln MKX is 186.5 inches in length and seats five people.

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Lincoln MKT Origins

However, the MKT’s most distinctive feature is a twin-turbocharged direct-injection V-6 engine that provides 355 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque at a class-leading EPA rating of 16/23 mpg city/highway. Base models are powered by a 3.7-liter 268-horsepower V-6 engine.

Base models come standard with front-drive, while EcoBoost models feature an all-wheel drive (AWD) system.

Visually, the Lincoln MKT echoes many of the design elements found in other MK-series vehicles, such as chrome trim, a sloping roofline, and Lincoln’s distinctive split-wing grille. Notable luxury features include a panoramic dual-paned sunroof and perforated leather upholstery. A wide array of options and packages provide upscale amenities such as a refrigerated center console, navigation system, and a third-row split-bench seat.

About the Lincoln MKT

The Lincoln MKT is best known for its family-friendly design, available EcoBoost engine, and long list of luxury amenities.

Three rows of seats provide the MKT with the ability to carry up to seven people. Cargo capacity is 17.9 cubic feet with seats in place and 75.9 cubic feet when seats are folded flat. An optional dual-screen entertainment system and rear heated seats make for a comfortable ride for backseat passengers.

With an output of 355 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, the MKT’s EcoBoost engine is one of the most powerful choices available in a large luxury crossover. Despite its increased power, the turbocharged engine manages to offer respectable fuel economy with an EPA-rated 16/23 mpg city/highway. In comparison, the MKT base engine receives an EPA-rated 17/24 mpg city/highway.

Luxury details such as a panoramic sunroof, a large chrome grille, and an optional refrigerated center console help distinguish the MKT from other crossovers in its class.

Lincoln MKT Features

The 2012 Lincoln MKT is available in two trim levels: a base MKT and an MKT with EcoBoost.

The base model is powered by a 3.7-liter 268-horsepower V-6 engine, while the MKT EcoBoost is equipped with the same 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that powers Lincoln’s full-size MKS EcoBoost sedan. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Standard exterior equipment on both trims includes 19-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, chrome exhaust tips, a dual-paned panoramic sunroof with sunshade, adaptive HID headlamps, LED taillights, a capless fuel filler, rain-sensing windshield wipers, solar-tinted glass, and a rear window defroster.

Standard interior features include perforated leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped shifter knob, a leather-wrapped power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, a front center console with armrests and cup holders, power-adjustable pedals, rear and front automatic climate control, a power lift gate, rearview camera, mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, power heated mirrors with integrated blind spot mirror, reverse sensors, push-button start, second-row door sunshades, a universal garage door opener, satellite radio availability, a ten-speaker audio system with a single CD player and MP3 playback, a voice-activated Sync multimedia system, and an 8-inch touch screen with audio and climate controls, compass, and rearview camera display.

The EcoBoost model comes with its own set of unique options, including a second-row refrigerated console, powered sunroof, 20-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, parallel parking assist, all-weather rubber floor mats, heated and cooled second row seats, and a third-row powered split-bench seat that provides additional cargo space but limits seating to six passengers.

An Elite Package available on the EcoBoost trim bundles together a 14-speaker surround sound audio system, voice-operated navigation system, powered sunroof, split-bench rear seat with refrigerated console, and a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert.

The 2012 Lincoln MKT measures 207.6 inches in length, 67.4 inches in height, and 85.7 inches in width including mirrors. It has a wheelbase of 117.9 inches. Inside the vehicle, passengers receive 33.5 inches to 40.1 inches of headroom, depending where they’re seated. They also receive 33 inches to 41.8 inches of legroom.

The 2012 Lincoln MKT is available in eight exterior colors and three interior colors.

Lincoln MKT Evolution

The Lincoln MKT midsize crossover debuted in 2010 with two trims: a base front-drive model powered by a 3.7-liter 268-hp V-6 engine, and a turbocharged rear drive MKT EcoBoost trim featuring the same turbocharged V-6 engine offered with Lincoln’s MKS sedan.

Both models feature a distinctive chrome grille and dual-paned sunroof. The EcoBoost model introduced a wide variety of new upgrades for Lincoln, including an automatic parking system and second-row refrigerated console.

In 2011, Lincoln added an optional voice-activated navigation system with a 3-year subscription to Sync traffic information service.

Select a Lincoln MKT Year

2018 Lincoln MKT

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2017 Lincoln MKT

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2016 Lincoln MKT

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2015 Lincoln MKT

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2014 Lincoln MKT

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2013 Lincoln MKT

SUV, Utility/Offroad

Still Standing: The 2013 Lincoln MKT, when the MKS isn't big enough

2012 Lincoln MKT

SUV, Utility/Offroad

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.

2011 Lincoln MKT

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2011 Lincoln MKT is a luxury crossover SUV.

2010 Lincoln MKT

SUV, Utility/Offroad

All-new for 2010, the Lincoln MKT is one of the first vehicles outfitted with Ford's much-hyped 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and the MKT serves as a showcase vehicle for the newest in Lincoln high-tech, luxury and entertainment features.