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8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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2011 Lincoln MKT Review

Reviewers called the 2011 Lincoln MKT a return to the brand’s glory years as a leader in design, luxury and comfort. Seating for up to seven and a great safety score add to this SUV’s appeal.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Many family-friendly and high-tech features
  • Strong safety ratings
  • Polarizing exterior looks
  • Not very sporty

2011 Lincoln MKT Overview

When it was new, reviewers appreciated the 2011 Lincoln MKT’s styling, high-tech features, powerful V6 engine and composed, refined handling. Test drivers especially praised its smooth ride and turbocharged Ecoboost engine, which adds horsepower without much of a penalty in fuel economy. The MKT has an excellent safety score, which helps launch it to near the top of the class. It also offers an abundance of interior features that are great for families, like an available refrigerated center console in the second row, an automatic parallel parking system and Sync voice controls for communications and entertainment.

Though the MKT doesn’t have many glaring flaws, some test drivers noted a few improvements they’d like to see. They said that its sloping roofline cuts down on third-row headroom and rearward visibility. Some reviewers also complained about some low-quality interior materials, and not everyone thought that the MKT’s bold looks were attractive. While there are many excellent competitors in the MKT’s field, it’s hard to find a better combination of technology and third-row comfort than the 2011 Lincoln MKT.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the 2011 Lincoln MKT but want something a bit sportier, consider the 2011 Acura MDX. Test drivers said it has great handling and they loved its attractive interior. It gets about the same gas mileage as the Lincoln MKT and it offers many standard features. The MDX’s safety ratings aren’t quite as good as the MKT’s, but they’re not bad overall.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is another family crossover with an especially roomy third row. Not only are the back seats adult-sized, but test drivers said the R-Class is surprisingly maneuverable and car-like for such a big and hefty SUV. The R-Class also gets outstanding safety ratings.

Compare the MKT to the MDX and R-Class »

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