The 2012 Lincoln MKT earns an average Total Car Score.
Based on the Ford Flex, the Lincoln MKT is the Ford's slightly sportier cousin. It is praised for having a stylish interior, a long list of standard features and a quiet cabin. Furthermore, the optional turbocharged engine is powerful and the handling is relatively nimble.
Many reviewers have a difficult time overlooking the MKT's distinctive exterior, which isn't for everyone. Other publications add that the third-row seats are cramped and lack headroom, both of which detract from the mission of a crossover. The standard engine isn't necessarily underpowered, but it feels a bit lackluster when compared to the optional turbocharged mill (our preferred powerplant).
The Lincoln MKT was all-new two years ago. The automaker has made only minor changes to its seven-passenger crossover for 2012. These include discontinuing all-wheel drive on the base model and dropping the price on the turbocharged EcoBoost version by $3,000.
The 2012 Lincoln MKT is a full-size luxury crossover with three rows of seating for up to seven passengers. The unibody MKT is offered in two trim levels: MKT and MKT with EcoBoost.
The MKT is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 rated at 268 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. The EcoBoost model boasts a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 generating 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Both engines send power through a six-speed automatic transmission. Front wheel drive is standard on the base MKT while the MKT with EcoBoost is fitted with permanent all-wheel drive.
Standard MKT models arrive with leather upholstery, full power accessories, adaptive xenon headlights, keyless ignition/entry, parking sensors, heated/ventilated seats, 19-inch wheels and other amenities. The MKT with EcoBoost is upgraded with 20-inch wheels, but its standard equipment mostly mirrors the MKT trim.
A major option package on the EcoBoost model is called the Elite package. It adds a panoramic sunroof, power-folding third-row seating, voice-operated navigation and upgraded audio system. Adaptive cruise control, rear-seat entertainment, an automatic parking system and captain's chairs are among the stand-alone options, but they are also only offered on the EcoBoost model.
The EPA rates the 2012 Lincoln MKT with front-wheel drive at 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 19 combined. The turbocharged MKT, with EcoBoost and all-wheel drive, is rated at 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 18 combined.
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