Lincoln Cars

Lincoln is an automaker with a long history of building upscale vehicles for the American market. A division of Ford, Lincoln differentiates its vehicles through additional luxury features, more powerful engines and unique styling. The automaker's lineup includes cars, pickups and SUVs.

Lincoln MKT

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Remember how comedian Rodney Dangerfield used to tilt his head, adjust his necktie, and proclaim "Oooohhh, tough crowd!" when some of his material didn't go over quite as well as he'd hoped? Well, we think that classic line neatly describes what the all-new 2010 Lincoln MKT luxury crossover is up against.

You see, while this gussied-up version of the midsize Ford Flex is likable enough, it's debuting at a time when there are dozens of very good competitors -- including both luxury crossovers like the Audi Q7 and deluxe versions of mainstream models like the Flex Limited -- already on the market. Virtually all these upscale models are strong contenders, blessed with stylish exteriors and comfortable passenger cabins filled with lots of cutting-edge doodads.

Lincoln MKT PartsWhat most of those competitors don't have, however, is a powertrain as good as the MKT's "EcoBoost" twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. It puts out an impressive 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque and also gets a respectable EPA-estimated 22 mpg on the highway. Other advantages include a very smooth and quiet ride, respectable handling ability and a massive list of standard and optional equipment that includes such options as a hard-drive-based navigation system, adaptive cruise control and a refrigerated box for rear-seat passengers. That said, the 2010 Lincoln MKT has a few shortcomings that keep us from giving it a more enthusiastic thumbs-up. These include somewhat contrived exterior styling and a third-row seat that has significantly less headroom than the Ford Flex's. Price might also be an issue, as the Flex (you can get the EcoBoost engine in it, too) costs less. Still, the new MKT has a lot going for it and compares well to vehicles like the Acura MDX, Buick Enclave and Mercedes-Benz R-Class. It used to be that people gave "no respect, no respect at all" to Lincoln, but the MKT might just be the vehicle to change that.

The 2010 Lincoln MKT is a six- or seven-passenger crossover SUV offered in two trim levels: base and turbocharged "EcoBoost." Standard Lincoln MKT accessories for both includes an oversized, fixed panoramic sunroof, adaptive xenon headlights with an auto-high beam feature, 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch wheels for the EcoBoost), keyless ignition/entry, rear parking sensors and a power liftgate. Inside, you'll find leather seating, 12-way heated and ventilated power front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, power-adjustable pedals, driver memory settings, a tilt/telescoping steering column, tri-zone automatic climate control, retractable second-row sunshades, a rear 110-volt power outlet and an 8-inch touchscreen that displays audio and climate controls and the image from the standard rearview camera. On the entertainment front there is a 10-speaker audio system with a 10-gigabyte hard drive, satellite radio, and the Sync system that offers voice control for MP3 players and cell phones.

Both MKT models are offered with a choice of a six- or seven-passenger interior. Whichever layout you choose, you can expect stylish design and top-quality materials including leather upholstery and genuine wood trim. The six-passenger version swaps out the standard 60/40-split second-row bench for a pair of optional bucket seats that slide fore and aft to provide generous adult-sized legroom. Add options like the second-row console with built-in refrigerator/freezer and front headrest-mounted DVD screens and these easily become the best seats in the house.

The standard two-person split-folding third-row seat is another story altogether, as the sloping rear roof line results in a substantial loss of headroom compared to the squared-off Flex. Those looking for maximum people-moving capability should also be aware that the Buick Enclave offer seating for up to eight passengers by virtue of its three-place third-row seat, though its overall interior ambiance isn't is nice as the MKT's. The MKT's cargo space checks in with 76 cubic feet of total capacity, which is a little below average for the segment.

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