I tested the parking assist feature and it is hands down ten times better and faster than the Toyota/Lexus system. The MKT’s Active Park Assist system utilizes ultrasonic radar to search out and identify suitable parallel parking spots. After the driver agrees to a spot, the system takes over and wheels the MKT into the slot in rapid, Lexus-beating speed between four and eight inches away from the curb. No re-tries were needed to neatly place the MKT in its curbside parking space.
MKT shares a platform with the successful Ford Flex, but shares not a single exterior body panel or trim piece. Design director Pat Schiavone and his team studied Lincoln history for design cues, and came up with a body that hints at its legacy without being consciously retro. A distinctive grille, a gentle rise on the haunch, and full width horizontal taillights are features that they’ve promised will become part of the Lincoln design DNA going forward. MKT is a more flowing, curvy, sensuous design than the boxy Flex. The overall look is luxurious and elegant, definitely modern and distinctive.
The exterior design may be polarizing, but the interior is hands-down a winner. Extra attention was applied to provide the passengers with a ride that is quiet and insulated from the outside elements in terms of safety and cabin dynamics.
The Lincoln MKT delivers abundant technologies aimed at making life luxurious for both the driver and three rows of passengers. Choice of materials for the dash, panels, and seats are top-notch. Sinking into the leather seats feels better than my dad’s leather Barcalounger that he’s had for ages. The jewel-like acrylic instrument cluster with LED white lighting looks fabulous and the wood trim adds a touch of class to the cabin. The optional 12-channel 600 Watt THX certified 5.1 surround sound system is on par with a home theater system. Combine that with the Microsoft SYNC system and the voice-activated navigation system, whether commuting to work or touring the country, driving becomes pure bliss.
With base prices from $44,995 to $49,995 (plus options), the 2010 Lincoln MKT arrives with a 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, a 6 year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty and EPA estimates from 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway (V6 FWD) to 16 city/22 highway (EcoBoost V6 AWD). With a list of standard options longer than Snoop-Dog’s rap sheet, the MKT proves itself as a great value in the luxury SUV class.
If you’re considering a luxury crossover purchase, you’ve got plenty of choices to consider. There’s the Mercedes-Benz R-class, an elegant cruiser with three rows of seating. The Acura MDX and Audi Q7 are direct competitors as well, and are well worth a look and a drive. Mazda’s CX-9 is also a sporty alternative. Though not a pure luxury vehicle, you should also take a look at the Buick Enclave, GM’s premium edition of its GMC Acadia/Chevy Traverse three-row crossover.
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