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2006 Lincoln Mark LT Truck

4WD Supercrew 139'

Starting at | Starting at 14 MPG City - 18 MPG Highway

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  • $42,235 original MSRP
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The early 2006 Lincoln Mark LT enters the tight little world of luxury pickup trucks as a handsome, utilitarian vehicle that is in one of the few markets not yet entered by Japanese or South Korean automakers.

The 2002 Blackwood was Lincoln's first attempt at a luxury pickup, but it was too specialized to last long. While large and luxurious, it wasn't sufficiently utilitarian, with such things as a tiny cargo area.

Based on Ford Pickup
In contrast, the five-passenger Mark LT from Ford Motor Co. makes more sense than the Blackwood, if any Lincoln pickup makes sense, because it's based on the utilitarian Ford F-150 pickup.

But the Lincoln is more upscale and refined than the popular F-150. It has such items as a dominant "Lincoln waterfall grille" and a hefty chrome band that wraps around it. Its interior is luxurious enough for a luxury car. It has ebony wood accents and premium Nudo leather seating, with French-style pleating.

Keeping the interior quiet from road, tire, wind and engine noise are items including thick side window glass, doors with double-layer seals and liquid-filled engine hydromounts.

GM Competition
Most cars and trucks have many direct rivals, but the only direct competitors to the Mark LT are General Motors Corp.'s Cadillac Escalade EXT and GMC Sierra Denali Crew Cab pickups, both of which have all-wheel drive. While the GMC nameplate isn't as upscale as Cadillac's—at least outside truck circles—it's very much a luxury vehicle.

The 5-passenger Mark LT also is a Crew Cab pickup, with four car-like doors and a roomy back seat. Front seats are large, but also flat and not fully power-adjustable; you must manually adjust the seatback angle. One might expect a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, but the steering column just tilts and adjusts manually.

Rushed to Market
The problem is that the Mark LT was pretty much rushed to market, and Ford Motor didn't want the additional costs of giving this low-production truck features that couldn't be easily adapted from the F-150. For example, the Mark LT has no navigation system, satellite radio or full-time all-wheel drive because the F-150 lacks those features.

However, the Mark LT may seem like a bargain next to the $53,335 Escalade EXT Crew Cab because the Lincoln costs much less: $39,200 with rear-wheel drive and $42,700 with a part-time 4-wheel-drive system that shouldn't be left engaged on dry pavement. (A more sophisticated full-time all-wheel-drive system is being considered.)

The $41,735 GMC Sierra Denali Crew Cab is much closer to the LT in price, but doesn't have the more prestigious and widely known Cadillac nameplate.

Desirable Options
Despite being equipped with luxury car comfort and convenience features, the Mark LT's moderately long options list can cause its price to escalate. For instance, options raised the price of my 4-wheel-drive Mark LT from $42,700 to $46,810.

Options include a $1,295 rear-seat DVD entertainment system, $995 power sunroof, $250 running boards, $120 power adjustable pedals, $250 power sliding rear window and $245 rear obstacle detection system. Chrome alloy wheels enhance the truck's appearance, but cost $695.

The running boards help allow entry to the high truck, the sliding rear window is for fresh air lovers and the obstacle detection system is almost a "must" because of limited visibility when backing up.

Trumped V8
The EXT and Denali have a 6.0-liter, 345-horsepower V8. It easily trumps the Mark LT's 5.4-liter, 300-horsepower V8, which is Ford's largest and most powerful V8. However, the 5,370-pound Mark LT is lighter than the 5,814-pound EXT and thus arguably doesn't need as large or powerful a V8 as the Cadillac's.

In fact, the Mark LT provides spirited acceleration in the city and a decent 65-75 mph passing time on highways. But it's no lightweight, and the engine thus sounds a bit strained during hard acceleration, even with just a driver aboard. However, high-speed cruising seems effortless.

The Lincoln's 4-speed automatic transmission is not as modern as a 5- or 6-speed automatic, but works smoothly.

Marginal Fuel Economy
One shouldn't expect very high fuel economy with a big, heavy pickup, so the Mark LT's lackluster economy isn't surprising. It's an estimated 15 mpg in the city and 19 on highways with rear-wheel drive and 14 and 18 with all-wheel drive.

The steering is responsive and handing is good, helped by large tires on big 18-inch wheels. Ford Motor makes the F-150 rather car-like because it knows many owners will use it in place of a car, and that gives Lincoln a chance to make the Mark LT drive much like a car.

Generally Smooth Ride
While rather firm, the Mark LT suspension provides a generally smooth ride, although some roads cause a slight side-to-side rocking motion that leads to a little "head toss." The standard anti-lock brakes do well and have good pedal feel.

There are no side-impact or side-curtain airbags in the Mark LT because the F-150 doesn't offer them. But a stability control system is planned for the Mark LT later in 2006, with a navigation system optional for 2007 models. Sirius Satellite Radio may arrive later in 2005.

The Mark LT uses the F-150's shortest (5.5-foot) cargo bed to keep its length manageable for easier maneuvering and parking. A $195 bed extender flips on a lowered tailgate to handle long items. And the heavy tailgate has an assist feature that makes it easier to lower or lift.

However, the Mark LT still is long with the tailgate up and also is very high and wide. It consequently isn't the easiest vehicle to park, garage or enter and leave—even with the optional running boards, although wide doors with big handles help out here.

The new Lincoln pickup truck is a decent alternative to the Cadillac and GMC luxury pickups, although some may feel it is handicapped a little by the lack of such items as all-wheel drive and a larger V8.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Lincoln Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

6 years or 100,000 miles comprehensive limited warranty coverage from the original in-service date

Rental Reimbursement $45/day

Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer / less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 200
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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