One example of the power of this system was the way it could play tunes straight from my iPhone, while the phone was still in my pocket! After I had used Bluetooth® to pair the phone to the car for calling purposes, the car was then able to stream music from my playlists.
When I started up the car, the excellent THX® sound system simply started playing from where it had stopped when I had turned the car off. I would have wanted more information about the track being played, as I’ve seen in other cars, but the overall system was pretty impressive. It didn’t work flawlessly, though. One time when I selected a play list, it refused to start playing the song. I tried a few ways to make it work, but to no avail. However, that song automatically started playing the next time I started up the car. I guess I needed to reboot the system, just like my laptop.
One of the other thoughtful features was a 110V plug in the passenger compartment. While we have 12V chargers for most of our car accessories, having a regular household plug was great for a long trip when we need to charge a dying iPad.
Storage for such a large car was pretty good. As you can see from the pictures, we did fill it up on our trip to the snow. With the sleek styling on top, there are no connection points for a roof rack, so we had to stow the skis inside, which ate up a fair amount of space and required us to put one seat down. If we had four folks, packing would have gotten much more creative.
For the front, there is a collision warning that uses radar to notify the driver if the traffic is stopped ahead. I inadvertently tested this last feature on my road trip when the highway traffic came to an abrupt stop, yet I was approaching way too fast. An alarm sounded and red LEDs lit up the windshield- an effective way to say “pay attention!” Lincoln claims the brakes “pre-load” in this situation to be ready when the alarm goes off. I’m not sure if they did or did not, but I was able to bring the fully loaded MKT to a quick stop and easily avoid a nasty rear-end collision.
As I mentioned earlier, the MKT is a luxury crossover, which means there is leather and wood finishes throughout the main cabin. The extra-large, dual-panel moonroof delivers an airy sensation when opened. At night, when the moon roof can’t set the mood, there is a selection of LED illumination lights in a variety of colors. With the powerful EcoBoost engine delivering an impressive 355 horsepower, the MKT moves with style as it floats over the road.
Once we arrived in Tahoe, the all-wheel drive that powers the 20” aluminum wheels provided a very stable platform on the snow covered streets of Squaw Valley. As you can see from the photos, we did get some snow while we were there, yet the MKT handled excellent traction and never once lost control.