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2019 Lincoln MKT Review

The 2019 Lincoln MKT finishes near the bottom of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. It has a powerful engine and a spacious interior, but there are too many areas where the MKT trails class rivals for it to be competitive in the segment.

Pros & Cons

  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Powerful engine
  • Spacious cabin and cargo hold
  • Below-average fuel economy ratings
  • Outdated cabin design
  • Dull handling

7.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.0
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Lincoln MKT a Good Used SUV?

The 2019 MKT is a pretty good used luxury midsize SUV. It has a potent twin-turbo V6 engine, a comfortable ride, and a good amount of space for people and cargo. It also has a slightly above average predicted reliability rating.

Those are nice traits, but there are several areas where the MKT doesn't make the grade. It gets poor fuel economy ratings, and its interior is unimpressive by luxury SUV standards. It has fewer features than many competitors, and the MKT's handling leaves room for improvement.

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How Much is the 2019 Lincoln MKT?

Based on listings for the 2019 Lincoln MKT, the average list price is $31,310. Prices range from $31,310 to $33,604 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Lincoln MKT Cost to Own?

The 2019 MKT’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $30,900, or $6,180 per year. That’s below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Lincoln MKT: What's the Difference?

For 2019, the MKT’s previously optional 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine became standard, replacing the 303-horsepower V6, which is no longer offered. Newly standard features include all-wheel drive, a heated steering wheel, a THX II audio system, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Ford introduced the MKT for the 2010 model year.

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Here are key changes for the Lincoln MKT over the past few years:

  • 2016: SYNC 3 infotainment system replaced MyLincoln Touch
  • 2017: no major changes
  • 2018: no major changes
  • 2019: new standard engine and newly standard features

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 MKT, 2017 MKT, and 2018 MKT reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Lincoln MKT?

The 2019 Lincoln MKT has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2019 Lincoln MKT Recalls

There have been 1 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR Recall Date: 08/19/2018
  • Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2018 Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX, 2019 Ford Flex, and Lincoln MKT vehicles. The power supply cables at the starter and the alternator may not have been properly secured, possibly resulting in an electrical arc.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 87
  • Consequence: An electrical arc can increase the risk of a fire.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the alternator and starter motor power supply cables to verify that they are properly secured, correcting them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began September 26, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S25.
  • Dates of Manufacture: MAY 28, 2018 to MAY 28, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 18S25
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V548000

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Which Used Lincoln MKT Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Lincoln MKT comes in two trims: base and Reserve. Both trims feature a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Buyers who want driver assistance features should look to the Reserve trim, as most are not available in the base trim.

Each model offered additional features for an extra cost at the time of sale. That means you may be able to find Lincoln MKT models with features in addition to those listed here.

  • Lincoln MKT: The MKT base trim comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof, MyKey, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a THX II audio system, and satellite radio.
  • Lincoln MKT Reserve: In addition to the base trim's features, the MKT Reserve comes with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, assisted pre-collision braking, active park assist, and lane keep assist.

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What Does Lincoln's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

Lincoln has one of the least robust CPO programs among luxury carmakers, according to our analysis. Better programs are available through competitors like Cadillac, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.

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How Safe Is the MKT?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn't fully crash tested the 2019 MKT, but it gave this Lincoln four out of five stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 MKT the highest rating of Good in the four crash tests conducted. The MKT's headlights received the second-lowest rating of Marginal for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The MKT received the lowest rating of Basic for its available front crash prevention system.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • MyKey (lets you do things like set speed and audio volume parameters for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Assisted pre-collision braking
  • Active park assist
  • Lane keep assist

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2019 Lincoln MKT Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Lincoln MKT or 2019 Acura MDX?

The 2019 Acura MDX is a better luxury midsize SUV than the MKT. The Lincoln has a stronger engine, but the Acura handles better and is more fuel-efficient. The MDX looks and feels more modern inside and has a longer features list. However, the MKT does earn a higher predicted reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2019 Lincoln MKT or 2019 Volvo XC90?

The 2019 Volvo XC90 has a lower predicted reliability rating than the Lincoln, but otherwise, it's better than the MKT in most ways. The XC90 is more fuel-efficient while still delivering a cushioned ride. The Volvo offers multiple powertrains, including a hybrid option. The XC90’s interior features beautiful styling and premium materials, and it may be the best in the class. The seats are amazingly comfortable, and the XC90 provides more cargo space than its Lincoln rival.

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2019 MKT Performance

How Does the 2019 Lincoln MKT Drive?

All MKT models feature the same twin-turbo V6 engine. It delivers energetic acceleration and feels powerful in just about all highway driving situations. This Lincoln rides smoothly, and standard all-wheel drive provides good road grip. However, there’s plenty of body lean around turns, and many rivals are more agile than the MKT.

  • Engine: 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Lincoln MKT Get Good Gas Mileage?

Most rivals are more fuel-efficient than this Lincoln, which gets 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

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2019 MKT Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 MKT Seat?

The 2019 MKT seats seven people in three rows. This Lincoln's cabin looks behind the times, and while there are some soft-touch materials, rivals still feel more upscale. The first two rows of seats are comfortable and have plenty of head- and legroom. The third-row seats will feel cramped to most adults, but that's common among three-row SUVs.

Standard seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • Ventilated second-row seats
  • Second-row captain's chairs (drops seating capacity to six)
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Lincoln MKT?

The 2019 MKT has three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, two for the second-row outboard seats and one for the third-row passenger-side seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The tether anchors may be hard to find and maneuver around, and the lower anchors are set too deeply in the seats.

2019 Lincoln MKT Features

The MKT doesn't have as many standard or available features as some competitors, but it still provides a nice array of technology. The SYNC 3 infotainment system has an intuitive, user-friendly interface, with a responsive touch screen. Standard connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to link your smartphone to the system.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, a THX II audio system, satellite radio, and HD Radio
  • Additional standard features: tri-zone automatic climate control and a panoramic moonroof
  • Other available features: a refrigerated second-row console and a rear-seat entertainment system

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2019 Lincoln MKT Dimensions

Lincoln MKT Cargo Space

The MKT has more cargo capacity than many luxury midsize SUVs. It provides 17.9 cubic feet of space with all seats in use, 39.6 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 75.9 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded.

2019 Lincoln MKT Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,702 to 5,036 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Lincoln MKT Built?

Lincoln built the 2019 MKT in Canada.

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