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2010 Lincoln MKT Sport Utility Crossover

4dr Wgn 3.5L AWD w/EcoBoost

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2010 Lincoln MKT Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2010 Lincoln MKT Sport Utility Crossover

The more car-like Lincoln MKT fills a void in the market for Lincoln below the truck-based Navigator. The Lincoln MKT is more passenger focused, with a comfortable ride and an especially luxurious, over-the-top interior. With a long list of standard features and options like second-row heated-and-cooled seats, the Lincoln MKT is a good choice for those who want to impress their passengers. Because it's closely related to the Flex, which has earned top marks in crash tests, the Lincoln MKT's safety features and security are another strong selling point.

What's new for 2010?

The boxy Lincoln MKT is an all-new full-size crossover SUV with seating for up to seven. It is closely related to the Ford Flex.

Model Strengths

  • Stylish exterior
  • luxurious interior
  • overall safety
  • performance from EcoBoost engine

Model Review

The base engine for the Lincoln MKT is a 268-horsepower, 3.7L 'Duratec' V6; for those who want more performance, there's also a 355-horsepower, 3.5L 'EcoBoost' V6. Part of a new family of engines, the EcoBoost V6 is has twin turbochargers and direct injection, and it's tuned to deliver the power of a normal V8 yet without sacrificing V6 fuel efficiency. With either engine, the Lincoln MKT comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. SelectShift is included; it brings paddle shifters alongside the steering wheel so that the driver can command shifts during more enthusiastic driving. The transmission even matches the engine revs on downshifts.

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2010 Lincoln MKT Road Test

Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com drove the new 2010 Lincoln MKT to bring you this hands-on road test review. Editors at TheCarConnection.com also compared the MKT with other crossovers and researched reviews from a wide range of reputable sources to bring you a comprehensive look at the new 2010 Lincoln crossover.

In the automotive world, the words "big" and "responsive" don't normally go together. The all-new 2010 Lincoln MKT puts those two words comfortably in a curvy shape that stands out at a standstill and in motion. Editors from TheCarConnection.com like the Ford Flex and, after spending some time behind the wheel of the mechanically similar MKT, have the same positive impression of the Lincoln. The $46,990 2010 MKT shifts Lincoln further away from its dowdy styling past and delivers vast interior room, while it brings a good measure of driving pleasure and sophistication along for the ride.

It shares its powertrain and chassis with the Ford Flex, but you'd be hard-pressed to identify the 2010 Lincoln MKT as a fraternal twin to the Ford. Where the Flex is a two-box design in the purest sense, the 2010 MKT flows from a canted twin-nostril grille to a sensual upkick in its shoulder line, finishing in a broad, angled decklid banded by a ribbon of taillights and badges. It's a standout design with details that will have you looking a second and third time to identify its heritage-but in retrospect it fits well with Lincoln's past, particularly with the Continentals of the mid-1960s and their broad hockey-stick bands of chrome. Inside, the MKT wears high-quality materials; the wood- or metallic-trimmed dash echoes the front end smartly, and LED white lighting and a sharp LCD screen draw attention, though a few rows of small black buttons do little for style or functionality.

Six-cylinders and automatic transmissions are the core of the 2010 Lincoln MKT's powertrain. The base 3.7-liter V-6 puts out 268 horsepower, and teamed with the six-speed automatic, does a reasonable job of shuttling around the 4,800-pound MKT without merging-lane drama. Adding all-wheel drive picks up a few hundred more pounds. Lincoln offers a turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6-and you should choose it, if you can afford it. The EcoBoost V-6 spools up 355 horsepower and delivers impressive thrust that is completely in keeping with the crossover's character: refined, as a Lincoln should be, with a touch of noticeable engine noise. The heavy-duty six-speed automatic responds accordingly, always calling up the right gear at the right time, and paddle shifters will let you choose gears on command, though they seem a bit out of place in this barrel-chested crossover. Overall, the MKT's ride and handling feel grounded, solid, controlled, and responsive. The base version's suspension and electronic power steering are sharpened for EcoBoost models, which also get standard all-wheel drive; neither drivetrain is meant for clawing around canyon corners, but both provide a creamy ride and a responsive steering feel, with more sensitivity dialed into the EcoBoost version. Fuel economy suffers just a point on the EcoBoost; it's 16/22 mpg, versus 17/23 mpg on the base version.

Both the 2010 MKT and the Ford Flex are designed with adult comfort in mind. The MKT can be had in six- and seven-passenger versions, with bucket seats in the second row an option over the standard 60/40 split-folding bench seat. The front seats show the attention normally paid to the seats in Volvos; they're fantastic for long drives, with room in all directions (and a little contact with hard metallic trim at the knee). The front active headrests are improved over the Flex-they tilt too far forward-but could use a degree or more of recline before we pronounce them perfect. The MKT adds telescoping steering to the Flex package, which improves driving position. Second-row seats have copious foot- and legroom, and the third row is almost large enough for some adults, though mainly intended for children. Power "fold and tumble" second-row seats with heating, cooling, and power-assisted lumbar adjustment are also available, and third-row passengers can fold second-row seats out of the way by pressing a button-a nice touch. Cargo room behind the third row is as much as an Acura RL, at 17.3 cubic feet; fold down the second seat and it rises to 39.6 cubic feet. With both rear rows folded, the MKT has a cavernous 75.9 cubic feet of room for hauling home estate-sale finds.

It's difficult to come up with safety features not included on the 2010 Lincoln MKT. Ford installs front, side, and curtain airbags (which extend three rows of protection); stability and traction control; anti-lock brakes; a rearview camera; a blind-spot alert system; and adaptive headlamps. The MKT hasn't been crash-tested by NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) or the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), but the similar Ford Flex tops the safety rankings. Other safety features include Active Park Assist, which helps drivers guide the MKT into parking spaces through sensors, cameras, and adaptive cruise control.

Other comfort and convenience features ladled on the 2010 Lincoln MKT include a large, standard, fixed-panel sunroof; dual-zone climate control; the Bluetooth-and-voice-controlled SYNC system; a keyless entry pad on the door frame; high-intensity discharge headlamps with automatic high beams; and push-button start with MyKey features that allow drivers to set preferences for speed controls, radio functions, and seat/mirror memory positions. A handful of options can be specific to bring the most expensive MKTs to nearly $55,000-including a power panoramic sunroof; 20-inch polished aluminum wheels; a rear-seat DVD entertainment system; active parking assist and adaptive cruise control; a navigation system with a music hard drive and THX II-certified speakers; and last but not least, a five-quart refrigerator mounted between the middle seats.


The Bottom Line:

Supremely spacious and stunning from some angles, the 2010 Lincoln MKT gets truly arresting with its EcoBoost turbo V-6.

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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.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

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

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera Std
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
Telematics 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.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 6 Years/70,000 Miles

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

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