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Lincoln MKT

Suddenly, a driver’s crossover.

How did the Lincoln MKT go from worst-in-class ride and handling to surpassing Lexus in only a year? Lincoln Drive Control, which debuted on the MKS sedan this year as well, comes standard on the EcoBoost model. This new system allows the driver to alter steering, suspension, throttle, transmission, and active noise control settings according to his or her mood. Although the system doesn’t make the MKT as enjoyable to drive as a BMW X5, it should be more than enough for the average consumer looking for three rows of seating and a premium interior. Unfortunately, Lincoln’s exterior design changes for 2013 don’t help an overall shape best described as ungainly and ill proportioned. If you don’t mind the exterior styling, the interior is quite nice. Lincoln uses quality materials throughout the cabin, and the optional MyLincoln Touch takes center stage for 2013. We’ve found this infotainment system to be fussy and overly frustrating for basic functions like controlling the temperature, but it looks sharp, and there are redundant voice controls for most functions through the Sync system. Physical controls for climate regulation would make for a slightly more cluttered center stack, but they’d work each time — a compromise we’d happily make in the name of function.

COMPETITORS

Buick Enclave

Lexus GX460

Volvo XC90

new for 2013

Lincoln focused on upgrading the MKT’s ride and handling for 2013. The new Lincoln Drive Control system comes standard on EcoBoost-equipped MKTs and offers Sport, Comfort, and Normal drive modes. We prefer the Sport mode as it noticeably tightens handling, a historical weakness for the big crossover. Larger brakes with improved cooling now give the MKT more-confident braking.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

ABS; front, side, and side curtain air bags; and traction and stability control are standard. A blind-spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, parallel-parking assistance, a collision-warning system with brake support, a head-up display, inflatable second-row seatbelts, lane-keep assist, collision warning, and adaptive headlamps are optional.

MPG

CITY 16–17

HWY 23–25

PRO

Very nice interior

Finally handles well

CON

Ungainly face

Cramped third row

Base Price Range: $46,160–$48,155

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Front-wheel, 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: MKT, MKT EcoBoost

BODY STYLE: SUV/crossover, 6- or 7-passenger

ENGINES: 3.5L turbo V-6, 365 hp, 350 lb-ft

3.7L V-6, 303 hp, 278 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 142.3 cu ft

CAPACITIES: Towing 4500 lb; cargo (behind third/middle/front seats) 17.9/39.6/75.9 cu ft

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