2014 Lincoln MKT Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2014 Lincoln MKT was new.


Performance: 8.0

The 2014 Lincoln MKT is generally praised for its performance, which reviewers say is highlighted by its strong engine choices and comfortable handling. Most reviewers prefer the optional EcoBoost engine for its added power. Compared with other luxury brands, reviewers say that the MKT is closer to the quiet, comfortable ride of a Lexus than the sporty nature of a BMW.

  • "For such a large vehicle, the 2014 MKT is quite responsive. This is especially true when equipped with the Powerful EcoBoost V6. The 365-horsepower turbocharged engine gets the MKT up to speed at a surprising pace, and once there, cruises at a relaxed pace." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The driving dynamics don't stand up to a BMW, but they're on par with a Lexus." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The front-wheel drive 2014 Lincoln MKT is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 303 horsepower. All-wheel drive models come with a twin-turbocharged (EcoBoost), 3.5-liter V6 that produces 365 horsepower. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the MKT achieves 17/25 mpg city/highway with the base engine, while turbocharged AWD models achieve 16/23 mpg. These figures are a bit low compared with class rivals’ estimates.

Reviewers say that the MKT's base engine provides sufficient power and should be fine for most drivers. Still, many prefer models with the more powerful engine, saying it makes the luxury midsize SUV feel much faster. One reviewer adds that the transmission shifts smoothly and easily finds the right gear for the current driving condition.

  • "Of the two available trim levels, the 2014 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost would be our choice, as its powerful turbocharged V6 engine shrugs off the big crossover's considerable weight and provides brisk performance. Meanwhile, the non-turbo 3.7-liter V6 in the base MKT provides adequate acceleration in most situations and should satisfy most shoppers." -- Edmunds
  • "With 365 horsepower, this up-level engine makes the big Lincoln SUV surprisingly quick. For a cost of less than $2,000 -which - includes all-wheel drive - it's also logical from a monetary standpoint." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Shifting from the six-speed automatic was flawless without hunting for gears while in city driving situations." -- Left Lane News (2013)

Handling and Braking

Reviewers write that the 2014 Lincoln MKT's ride airs more toward comfort than sport, but few seem to mind. One auto writer adds that the MKT feels composed going through turns and its brakes offer sufficient stopping power.

  • "In general, however, the MKT provides a smooth highway ride. Around turns, the MKT feels steady and secure. Due to its length, though, it can feel ponderous in tight parking garages, and you'll want to use extra care in these situations." -- Edmunds
  • "'Relaxed' is also the operative word for the MKT's ride in general. When equipped with all-wheel drive and Lincoln Drive Control - both standard on EcoBoost models - the former provides good grip while the latter enables drivers to adjust the MKT's handling and throttle response between Sport, Comfort and Normal modes." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The MKT exhibits decent handling, especially for a 17.3-foot-long people carrier, but the MKT's strength is in its soft, compliant ride, not its handling." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "Two hands on the wheel and whipping through the turns, it still tracks very flat, thanks to the electric power-assisted steering and the continuously controlled damping system. We found that the brakes provided competent stopping ability in every situation." -- Left Lane News (2013)

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