The 2018 Lincoln MKT is offered in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive form. Opt for the front-wheel-drive model, the base engine is a 300-horsepower, 3.7L V6, making 275 pound-feet of torque. This engine benefits from Ford's Ti-VCT (variable cam timing) system, for improved torque and efficiency through most of the rev range, and it returns an EPA-rated 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway. Go with all-wheel drive, and it's the 3.5L EcoBoost V6, which utilizes both turbocharging and direct injection to make 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.
In either case, the MKT comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, including a SelectShift full-manual mode and steering-wheel paddle-shifters. The all-wheel-drive system sends power only to the front wheels during most driving, yet in as little as 16 milliseconds it can send power as needed to the rear wheels.
A standout handling feature of the MKT is Continuously Controlled Damping, a system that employs computer controls and a special damper design to adjust damper force in as little as 11 milliseconds -- for a change in surface, or for a more substantial upheaval like a pothole or railroad tracks. The system also provides more confident handling, firming up when needed and helping moderate body roll.
That system functions hand-in-hand with Lincoln Drive Control, a system that lets the driver choose -- through Normal, Comfort or Sport modes -- the way in which the steering responds, how sensitive the throttle response is, ride firmness and other aspects. In addition, the steering ratio has been quickened, both to make the MKT feel more nimble and match the benefits of the system.
The MKT maintains its car-based underpinnings, giving it a drive that is more sedan than SUV. With three rows of seating -- in 6- or 7-passenger configurations -- the MKT provides top-notch accommodations for those in the front two rows, as well as a third row that's great for kids. Second-row heated-and-cooled seats are available, and a long Panoramic Vista Roof brightens the interior for all. Plus, thanks to long rear doors, it's relatively easy to get back to the third row.
SYNC3 is a screen-based interface that can be controlled through touch, voice or steering-wheel toggles. Its centerpiece is a huge 8-inch display top and center on the dash, which provides a go-to operating center for entertainment, navigation and climate control. The standard audio system is a 210-watt, 8-speaker unit but the optional upgrade is a 700-watt, 14-speaker THX II system. This system adds a USB port, DVD player capability and HD Radio. With the navigation system equipped, SiriusXM Traffic services add live-traffic information.
The MKT comes with a vast list of standard features. Power-adjustable pedals, power front seats, HID headlamps, LED taillights, rain-sensor wipers, fog lamps, remote start, tri-zone climate control, a universal garage-door opener and SecuriCode entry are all included. Options are limited to a Technology Package with more of those active-safety extras such as adaptive cruise control and active park assist. A trailer-towing package is available as is a panoramic Vista roof. The rear seats can be optioned up with heated-and-cooled second-row seats as well as a rear DVD entertainment system and even a second-row refrigerator console. Second-row inflatable seatbelts are also available.
Fuel Efficiency Compared To Other 3-row SUVs
Quiet, Luxurious Interior
Active-safety And Tech Features
The 2018 Lincoln MKT gets three new exterior colors: Blue Diamond Metallic, Iced Mocha Metallic and Ivory Pearl Metallic.
The 2018 Lincoln MKT is a 3-row crossover utility vehicle aimed at those who want a high level of luxury, as well as plenty of active safety and infotainment technology. According to Lincoln, the MKT has more standard horsepower than the Audi Q7 and Acura MDX, while returning significantly better mileage than both.
The MKT appeals to a variety of family shoppers, including some who are looking for more of a performance feel, as well as others who are merely looking for a more luxurious minivan substitute, so with a Continuously Controlled Damping and Drive Control systems introduced last year, drivers should be able to simply "tune in" the attitude they want -- Normal, Comfort or Sport.
For those who plan to use all three rows, the MKT remains one of the better picks on the market, with generous space for adults in the front two rows and a third row that even adults can access (and be okay with) for a trip across town.
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Directionally Adaptive Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
Front Fog Lamps
Radio: AM/FM In-Dash Single-CD/MP3-Capable -inc: 10 speakers and SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/6-month prepaid subscription (48 contiguous states), Note: SiriusXM audio and data services each require a subscription sold separately, or as a package, by Sirius XM Radio Inc, If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then current rates, Fees and taxes apply, To cancel you must call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349, See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com, All fees and programming subject to change, Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc, Service not available in AK/HI.
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
Integrated Roof Antenna
THX II Audio System
700w Premium Amplifier
SYNC 3 Communications & Entertainment System -inc: enhanced voice recognition, 8" LCD capacitive touchscreen in center stack, swipe and pinch-to-zoom capability included when equipped w/available voice-activated touchscreen navigation system, AppLink, 911 Assist, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and 2 smart-charging USB ports
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