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Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.8
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2015 Lincoln MKT Review

When it comes to value, reliability, and safety, the 2015 Lincoln MKT is a solid buying choice. It places in the top third of our luxury midsize SUV rankings, only held back by small drawbacks such as an awkward infotainment system.

Pros & Cons

  • Lively V6 engines
  • Tranquil ride
  • Upscale, comfy interior
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Cramped third row

2015 Lincoln MKT Overview

Is the 2015 Lincoln MKT a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the MKT is a good used luxury midsize SUV because it provides a good mix of luxury and comfort. The MKT is also a great value in the class, thanks to its below-average prices and abundance of standard features. This Lincoln's zesty engine choices further enhance its appeal.

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How Much Is the 2015 Lincoln MKT?

Based on listings for the 2015 MKT on our site, the average list price is $28,500. Prices range from $20,800 to $34,800 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Lincoln MKT Cost to Own?

The 2015 MKT’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $26,350, or $5,270 per year.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New MKT?

The 2019 MKT boasts quite a few improvements over the 2015 model. The new MKT comes with a stronger V6 engine, standard all-wheel drive, and a superior infotainment system. Unfortunately, you'll have to shell out an additional $21,000 or so, which is the difference between the 2019 model's starting retail price ($49,500) and the 2015's average used price ($28,500). If you want to save money by shopping used, check out our Which Model Year of the Lincoln MKT Is Best? section below.

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Though there are a few models that are less expensive than a new MKT, you'll still pay at least $40,000 for a new luxury midsize SUV. One of the least expensive entries is the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus (formerly the MKX). Its base MSRP is $40,340.

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Which Model Year of the Lincoln MKT Is Best?

The 2015 MKT belongs to a generation that launched for 2010. We recommend going with a 2016-or-newer MKT. For 2016, Ford replaced the finicky MyLincoln Touch with the SYNC 3 infotainment system. This interface is much easier to use, and it comes with more features, such as smartphone integration. The cherry on top is the 2016's price. On our site, the average price of a 2016 MKT is almost $2,000 less than a 2015 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lincoln MKT?

The 2015 Lincoln MKT has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Lincoln MKT Recalls

There are four recalls for the 2015 MKT as of the date of this review. The largest recalls address a potentially malfunctioning fuel pump and a parking brake that may not engage. Additional recalls involve to a second-row seat that was not properly installed and a potentially faulty vacuum pump.

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Which Used Lincoln MKT Is Right for Me?

The 2015 MKT comes in two trims: base and EcoBoost. A key difference between these models is what's under the hood. A 303-horsepower V6 powers the base MKT, and a 365-horsepower turbocharged V6 propels the EcoBoost model. Both can launch this luxury midsize SUV quickly. They are also powerful enough to handle a full load, though you do get an extra kick from the turbocharged engine. The EcoBoost edition also offers extra grip, as it comes standard with all-wheel drive, while the base is only available as a front-wheel-drive SUV.

These trims are nearly identical when it comes to interior amenities. Standard features include heated and cooled front seats, leather upholstery, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, remote start, keyless entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a power liftgate, and a sunroof.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lincoln MKT Warranty

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

Most other luxury brands offer better certified pre-owned programs, according to our analysis. For a luxury midsize SUV with good CPO coverage, you may want to consider a 2015 Lexus RX 350 or a 2015 Cadillac SRX.

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How Safe Is the MKT?

The 2015 MKT earned the highest rating of Good in all four crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS also noted that models equipped with the optional forward collision warning with brake assist earned the lowest level of Basic for front crash prevention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted only the rollover test, giving the MKT four out of five stars in that evaluation.

All models come equipped with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Advanced safety features are only available on EcoBoost models. The Technology package adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and parallel park assist. The Elite package comes with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

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2015 Lincoln MKT Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKT or 2015 Ford Flex?

The 2015 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT share the same vehicle platform and engines. As a result, both offer similar fuel economy, a smooth ride quality, and many of the same safety and convenience features. The MKT is much more luxurious inside. If that isn't a priority for you, pick the Flex, which has a lower average price than the Lincoln by about $5,000. You'll also get more cargo space and rear-seat headroom in the Flex, in large part because of its boxier design.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKT or 2015 Acura MDX?

The 2015 Acura MDX is a popular choice among SUV shoppers thanks to its crisp interior and exterior styling, carlike handling, good fuel economy (up to 20/28 mpg), and excellent safety ratings. In fact, the MDX has the best combination of quality and value among 2015 luxury midsize SUVs, which is why it won our award as the 2015 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money.

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2015 MKT Performance

How Does the 2015 Lincoln MKT Drive?

With the 2015 MKT's standard 303-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine, the MKT accelerates quickly and doesn't feel bogged down when every seat is filled. A 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is available. This engine gets the MKT up to speed even faster.

On the highway, the MKT is composed and very comfortable with either suspension system. Its brakes are strong and it's easy to drive, though its body does lean a bit if you are speeding through sharp corners. The base V6 is paired with front-wheel drive, while the upgraded engine comes with all-wheel drive and an upgraded suspension.

Does the 2015 Lincoln MKT Get Good Gas Mileage?

The MKT gets 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, which is a shade below average for a three-row SUV. The all-wheel-drive MKT EcoBoost gets 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, adding $250 to annual fuel expenses for the average driver.

2015 Lincoln MKT Towing Capacity

A properly equipped MKT can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

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2015 MKT Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 MKT Seat?

The 2015 MKT seats seven people in three rows. Captain’s chairs are available for the second row, reducing the seating capacity to six but adding a refrigerated center console. Leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear seats are standard, while cooled rear seats are available.

The first two rows are spacious and offer comfortable seats. The third row comes with a generous amount of legroom for an SUV this size, but the sloping roofline creates a cramped space that's best suited for pint-sized passengers. Quality materials are plentiful, and the cabin is remarkably quiet.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Lincoln MKT?

There are three full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2015 Lincoln MKT Features

The MKT gets a lot of complaints for its MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. Though some changes over the years have improved its performance, this interface isn't very intuitive, and its touch-sensitive buttons can be difficult to use. It is worth noting that 2016-and-newer models have the much improved SYNC 3 infotainment system.

Standard features in the MKT include an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, voice recognition, satellite radio, USB ports, and Lincoln's MyKey, which allows you to do things like set audio volume and vehicle speed limits and keep tabs on secondary drivers. Available features include a navigation system and rear-seat DVD players.

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2015 Lincoln MKT Dimensions

Lincoln MKT Cargo Space

The MKT has 17.9 cubic feet of cargo space when every seat is in use, which is very generous for a luxury midsize SUV. Folding the 50/50 split-folding third-row seat creates a 39.6-cubic-foot cargo hold, and laying the 60/40 folding second-row seats down gives you a maximum cargo capacity of 75.9 cubic feet. These dimensions are also above average for the class.

2015 MKT Length and Weight

The MKT is 17.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,702 to 4,942 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Lincoln MKT Built?

Lincoln built the 2015 MKT in Canada.

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