Consumer Reviews Summary
4 of 5 (80%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Lincoln MKT Overview
The 2012 Lincoln MKT full-size crossover vehicle provides seating for seven, and combines a stylish design and luxurious interior. The MKT shares a platform with the Ford Flex, is available with a front- or all-wheel drive, and choice of V-6 engines.
All-wheel drive for the base model has been discontinued for 2012, but the EcoBoost price is lower, offering shoppers the option of purchasing the EcoBoost MKT for the same price as the previous model-year all-wheel drive base model.
Drivers needing more passenger and cargo space may want to consider the Buick Enclave, which seats eight, and the competitor Acura MDX also has more cargo space than the Lincoln MKT, but only seats five passengers. However, the MKT offers a power-folding third row for a completely flat cargo floor and provides more luxury features than the Enclave.
The Lincoln MKT is available in base or EcoBoost trim levels, with a 268-horsepower, 3.7-liter, V6, front-wheel drive base model, and the more powerful 355-horsepower, turbocharged 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V6, all-wheel drive model, with direct fuel injection and two turbochargers. Both models sport a six-speed automatic transmission and have steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The front-wheel drive MKT scores a fuel economy rating of 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, where the all-wheel drive EcoBoost model weighs in at 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.
Interior appointments for the MKT include standard supple leather upholstery, soft-touch dashboard materials with beautiful woods, and intricately designed gauge cluster. Front bucket seats are 12-way power-controlled with lumbar adjustment, and front row seat heating and cooling come standard.he second-row 60/40 split fold flat bench seats are also heated, and second row heated and cooled bucket seats are available in the EcoBoost trim, but reduce overall capacity to six passengers. A heated steering wheel and second-row refrigerated console are also available for the EcoBoost (refrigerator requires second row bucket seats). The standard premium AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system includes SiriusXM satellite radio and audio input jack; HD radio is an option for the EcoBoost, as is the navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic Assist. The SYNC In-Car system is standard for both trim levels, and includes color LCD screens, media hub with two USB ports, and SD card reader input. The MyKey programmable system allows parents to create settings for teen drivers, such as speed limits and audio alerts.
The MKT smoothes out the angular Ford Flex body to create a fluid, flowing design, with the distinctive Lincoln chrome grille. The MKT lift gate incorporates wide taillights into the rear design for a dramatic flair. Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and two-panel moonroof come standard, and the 19-inch aluminum wheels can be upgraded to 20-inch wheels.
The 2012 MKT earned high marks for rollover safety, and is considered a top safety pick in frontal offset, side impact, roof strength and rear crash protection. Standard safety features include side-impact airbags for driver and front passenger, and side curtain airbags for all three rows of seating. Antilock brakes, electronic stability and roll control are supplemented with available collision warning and brake support systems. Rear parking sensors, backup camera, and a blind spot warning system are also available.