The 2017 Lincoln MKT is the luxury brand's full-size crossover, on the market since 2010 and fitting above the midsize Lincoln MKX and below the Lincoln Navigator. A vehicle of this type and class has to have an attractive exterior with plenty of presence, a sumptuous interior, a suitable powerplant and no shortage whatsoever when it comes to features, equipment and technology in order to compete-does the 2017 Lincoln MKT meet the standard?
A lot of crossovers look decidedly similar at the moment which, although it's easy to understand why, is not great for customer choice. Thankfully, the 2017 Lincoln MKT can't be accused of having predictable, homogenous styling in any way. After seven years pretty much unchanged, a Lincoln MKT still stands out in a crowded lot. The body is actually more wagon than SUV, with a profile that looks less tall but definitely longer than most crossovers you'll meet. The overall look is extremely modern, but not intimidatingly so, with a somewhat unfinished ribbon of taillights and badging at the rear that gives the most notably unique aspect of the whole design. In short: luxurious styling is absolutely present, with enough distinction to give you pause as you pass it on the road.
The interior is designed in a way that means the Lincoln MKT is equally at home as an executive shuttle as it is as a luxurious family wagon. The crossover can be specified as either a six-passenger variant with a pair of bucket seats in the first two rows and a two-seat bench at the back, or it can be a seven-seater if you're ok with the captain's chairs in the second row being replaced with another bench. Leg and headroom is plentiful throughout, with an impressive 41.7 inches of legroom for second-row passengers and 40.1 inches of headroom for those sitting in the front. Build quality and the materials used more than match the car's luxury billing, and wide-opening rear doors making exiting and entering the Lincoln MKT a breeze. Riding in the 2017 Lincoln MKT will feel like a luxury experience, whether you're sitting up front or all the way in the back.
The 2017 Lincoln MKT offers two different trim levels, each designated by the engine it comes with. The first of the two trims is simply the Lincoln MKT, with a 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V-6 that produces 303 horsepower and 279 lb.-ft. of torque. That power goes to the front wheels through a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission that is also featured in the higher trim as well. That higher specification model, the Lincoln MKT with GTDI, offers a 3.5-liter GTDI (EcoBoost) V-6 twin-turbo for 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Although it uses the same transmission as the standard Lincoln MKT, intelligent all-wheel drive is the standard drivetrain instead of the front-wheel drive system in the base model.
Luxury vehicles should shine with features and equipment, and there are no worries here for potential owners. Both trims get the new Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8.0-inch screen as part of their standard kit, along with a 10-speaker audio system, keyless entry, remote start, heated and cooled 12-way power-adjustable front seats, keyless ignition with MyKey, a power liftgate, a large panoramic sunroof, ambient interior lighting and plenty more. The higher trim ups the ante modestly from the standard model, but there are also upgrade packages if you really want to load your vehicle from top to bottom with accessories.
The 2017 Lincoln MKT is an excellent choice for a wide variety of buyers. In its standard form, it's a good value luxury alternative to a lot of well-known mass-market crossovers and wagons aimed at families. On the other hand, the degree of style, luxury, and comfort offered by the 2017 Lincoln MKT with GTDI makes it an excellent cruiser for tasks such as ferrying executives from the airport to the convention center. Because of its comparatively modest pricing when compared to many European and Japanese rivals, the Lincoln MKT can open up genuine luxury motoring to an increasingly wide audience.