2010 Lincoln MKT Review

2010 Lincoln MKT Review  - Reviews - Lincoln MKT

With a powerful engine and seating for seven, the 2010 Lincoln MKT gets a lot of things right. It's a fun-to-drive luxury crossover with a head-turning look, but its family-friendly features need some refining.

I first saw the MKT as a concept car at the 2008 Detroit auto show, so I was excited to finally get behind the wheel of Lincoln's first crossover. The 2010 MKT starts at $44,200 for the base model; my top-of-the-line test car cost $55,885. What I learned during my weeklong test drive is the MKT isn't sure it wants to be a family car. As I drove the MKT I hoped that ultimately it'd be a family-hauling hero, but it fell short.

The MKT's interesting design, EcoBoost engine and three sets of Latch connectors are among the features that could make it a hero to some families. However, its big rear end, not-so-great gas mileage and problems getting to the third row were among the negatives that quickly stacked up as I tested this car.

I did enjoy driving this crossover, and despite its large size it felt athletic. It accelerated like a crazed racehorse out of the gate; I even squealed the tires coming out of the pediatrician's parking lot one day. I drove the MKT to a friend's cabin at a very high altitude and there was never any sense that the MKT couldn't take whatever I threw at it. The brakes were responsive and the steering nimble. However, the turning radius was awful, and parking the MKT was tough because of it (and its length).

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Positions of the ignition
1. Off— locks the gearshift lever and allows key removal. This position also shuts the engine and all electrical accessories off. Note: In order to switch off the engine while the vehicle ...

Special operating conditions
If you operate your vehicle primarily in any of the following conditions, you need to perform additional maintenance as indicated. If you occasionally operate your vehicle under any of these con ...

Cargo
When the third row seats are up, there's a nice, deep well, similar to what you find in a minivan, delivering 17.9 cubic feet of storage. The seats fold flat to expand to a very usable 39.6 cubic ...