You buy the 2018 Lincoln MKT because it's a comfortable and luxurious passenger-hauler that few are going to find fault with. The MKT is a popular choice with limo services across the country, and it's not difficult to see why.
But despite its popularity with commercial buyers, the Lincoln MKT is a luxury full-size SUV that's great for day-to-day family duties in some considerable comfort. The MKT perhaps straddles the line between the super luxury marquees and high-specification versions of mass-market models. But there's good news in that balance, since the Lincoln seems to combine good value for the money and luxurious comfort in one premium SUV.
You won't find a huge amount of choice in the 2018 Lincoln MKT family in terms of trim levels and engines, but buyers are presented with a choice of engines, a feat some luxury rivals don't manage. You can choose between just two trim levels of Premier and Reserve, which also means there's no such thing as a basic MKT.
The Premier trim level comes with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that develops a pretty useful 303 horsepower and 279 lb.-ft. of torque. The MKT is a large heavy vehicle though, so we'd recommend the Reserve trim because that gets you the stunning 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 and its 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.
There really isn't any such thing as an unreliable new car these days, especially when it comes to this price point. All Lincolns come with a portfolio of warranties that put a lot of rivals firmly in the shade. If you want to feel like somebody special, have a breakdown in a Lincoln and see how well you are treated. Other manufacturers could certainly learn a thing or two.
The MKT is also built on a tried and tested platform, and its engines have been featured in other models from both Lincoln and Ford for some time now. If there was a problem with the reliability of the 3.7-liter V-6 or the 3.5-liter twin-turbo, we'd certainly have heard by now, considering how many of them there are out there these days.
You may not be surprised to know that the 2018 Lincoln MKT is a close relation of the Ford Explorer, since Ford and Lincoln are notably connected, but that's not a mark against the Lincoln. Both SUVs are impressive both in design and performance. However, if you didn't already know that Fords and Lincolns were close cousins, you wouldn't be able to tell by looking. The Ford Explorer is sporty and contemporary, while the Lincoln MKT exudes prestige, soberness, and luxury presence.
Of course, another big difference between the two is the price it will cost you to buy one. An entry level Explorer costs from $31,990 and has a similar engine to the Lincoln MKT Premiere, but with a little less power. The MKT starts from $43,530, quite a lot more, but the reason for the extra cost is easy to see with the extra comfort, quality, and standard features and equipment. You'll also get a little more of that all-important leg room in the second and third rows of the MKT as well.