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2017 Lincoln MKT Review

The 2017 Lincoln MKT is all about comfort. It offers a whisper-quiet cabin and one of the smoothest rides in the luxury midsize SUV class. However, its sloppy handling and cramped third row prevent it from ranking higher.  

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth, library-quiet ride
  • Robust optional twin-turbo V6
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Sloppy handling, poor maneuverability
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Cramped third-row headroom




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Lincoln MKT Overview

Is the 2017 Lincoln MKT a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Lincoln MKT is worth a look if you’re seeking a budget-friendly luxury midsize SUV that emphasizes comfort. While the MKT’s plush, cloudlike ride may appeal to some, the amount of body roll through corners is off-putting. Further, the MKT’s base V6 engine feels sluggish when loaded with a full complement of passengers and cargo. However, the available twin-turbocharged V6 is up to the task. Both engines return below-average fuel economy estimates for the class.

On the inside, the MKT features a well-built cabin that isolates passengers from outside noise. A good number of high-tech features are standard, including an intuitive SYNC 3 infotainment system. Despite its size, the MKT's third row is too cramped for anyone except children.

While this Lincoln has its high points, there have been few updates since its 2010 release. Consequently, it has a hard time competing in such a highly competitive class.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 54 Lincoln MKT reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2017 Lincoln MKT?

Our site has more than 25 listings for the 2017 Lincoln MKT. The average price is $32,100, making it an affordable option in the class. However, its price can range from $24,800 to $38,000, depending on the model you choose and its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Lincoln MKT Cost to Own?

The 2017 Lincoln MKT’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $26,900. That’s on the low end for the class. The five-year estimated costs for the Lincoln MKX are only $200 higher, but the Acura MDX’s costs are $2,250 higher.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Lincoln MKT?

The starting price of a new 2018 Lincoln MKT is about $11,330 higher than the average price of a used 2017 MKT. Since it has no new features or upgrades to make it worth the extra money, we don’t recommend buying the new MKT over a used 2017 model. Save yourself some money and purchase a 2017 model, which is nearly identical to the 2018 model. 

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The 2017 Lincoln MKT is one of the least expensive SUVs in the segment. You'd have to spend several thousand dollars more to get an appealing 2018 model in this class.

If you’re willing consider nonluxury brands, however, there are lots of options that could fill your needs. The top-ranked 2018 Kia Sorento is an excellent midsize SUV that was named our 2018 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money. That said, the third row is optional, and prices for a 3-row model begin at $31,775. Still, the Sorento has an upscale cabin, a user-friendly infotainment system, and great gas mileage for the class.

There’s also the 2018 Toyota Highlander ($31,230), which can seat eight in its elegant, well-equipped cabin. It also has a powerful V6 engine and a smooth ride.

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Which Model Year of the Lincoln MKT Is Best?

Lincoln introduced the MKT for the 2010 model year, and it has seen few major changes since its introduction. For 2016, Lincoln replaced the cumbersome MyLincoln Touch infotainment system with a user-friendly SYNC 3 system. This upgrade alone makes the 2016 MKT a better option, and it’s likely to cost less than a nearly identical 2017 model.

How Reliable Is the 2017 Lincoln MKT?

The 2017 MKT has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Lincoln MKT Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Lincoln MKT has one recall, which addresses an oil leak that can increase the risk of a fire. Before you buy, make sure a Lincoln dealer has made all appropriate recall repairs to avoid any safety issues. 

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Which Used Lincoln MKT Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 MKT comes in one trim with two engine options. The base V6 engine produces modest power. For plenty of oomph on the highways and when climbing hills, choose the available twin-turbocharged V6 in the Lincoln MKT 3.5 GTDI. This model also comes with all-wheel drive and an adaptive suspension.

Interior upgrades include a 14-speaker THX II certified audio system, HD Radio, navigation, a heated steering wheel, a one-touch power-folding third row, and proximity key. You'll also get extra safety features, like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

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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 2017 MKT received the top rating of Good in all four test categories at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the MKT four out of five stars for the rollover crash test.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, and MyKey, which allows you to set volume and speed limits for other drivers. Optional equipment includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, assisted pre-collision braking, active park assist, lane keep assist, and inflatable second-row seat belts.

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2017 Lincoln MKT Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lincoln MKT or 2017 Acura MDX?

The 2017 Acura MDX is a great SUV to buy. It doesn’t ride quite as smoothly as the MKT, but the MDX has great handling and minimal body lean for an SUV with 3 rows. Moreover, its V6 engine feels plenty powerful. The MDX also has more cargo space and better gas mileage than the MKT. We named the MDX our 2017 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money, and we certainly recommend it over the MKT. 

Which Is Better: 2017 Lincoln MKT or 2017 Lincoln MKX?

The biggest difference between the 2017 Lincoln MKX and the MKT is size, a major factor in performance dynamics. The five-seat MKX’s smaller dimensions result in livelier handling and less body lean than the 3-row MKT has. However, the MKX has less cargo space than the MKT. These SUVs are otherwise nearly identical in features, safety, gas mileage, and reliability. You decision comes down to how big you want your SUV.

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2017 Lincoln MKT Performance

How Does the 2017 Lincoln MKT Drive?

The Lincoln MKT’s base engine is a 303-horsepower V6 that makes decent power. For extra punch, go for the available twin-turbocharged V6. Its 62 additional horsepower give you the added pep for passing and merging on the highway. The standard six-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly, and you can take the reins with the standard paddle shifters. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

The MKT emphasizes comfort over agility. It has a cushioned ride, but there's quite a bit of body lean around corners. Most rivals offer more composed handling.

Does the 2017 Lincoln MKT Get Good Gas Mileage?

With either engine, the 2017 MKT gets below-average gas mileage. The front-wheel-drive MKT returns an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The twin-turbo V6 with all-wheel drive gets 15/21 mpg city/highway. 

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2017 Lincoln MKT Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Lincoln MKT Seat?

The 2017 Lincoln MKT is available in two seating configurations. The base MKT seats seven with the standard second-row bench seat. Available second-row captain's chairs reduce that number to six. The first two rows feature heated leather seats that are roomy and comfortable. Like most 3-row vehicles, the MKT’s third row is best suited for children.

The MKT’s cabin has excellent build quality and first-rate materials. From the standard leather upholstery to the premium wood trim, this Lincoln feels luxurious on the inside.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lincoln MKT?

The MKT comes with three complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats. There are two sets located on the second-row outboard seats, and there’s one set on a passenger-side third-row seat. The second-row middle seat has an upper tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

2017 Lincoln MKT Features

Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button and remote start, a fixed-glass panoramic roof, a keyless entry keypad, and power-adjustable pedals. The standard SYNC 3 infotainment system comes with a 10-speaker audio system, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, two USB ports, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Available features include a 14-speaker THX II certified audio system, HD Radio, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, and proximity key.

The MKT’s dashboard features straightforward controls that make it easy for the driver to change settings while remaining focused on the road. The gauge cluster has a simple design, which you can configure to your liking. This version of the SYNC 3 infotainment system is much more user-friendly than the previous MyLincoln Touch system, and it recognizes smartphonelike pinching and swiping gestures.

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2017 Lincoln MKT Dimensions

Lincoln MKT Cargo Space

The Lincoln MKT has 17.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. There is 39.6 cubic feet of space with the third row folded, and 75.9 cubic feet with both back rows folded. That’s an average amount of cargo space for a 3-row luxury crossover. However, the MKT’s sloping roofline makes it hard to maximize the available space.

A power liftgate is standard, and the highest MKT trim features a power-folding third row.

2017 MKT Length and Weight

The 2017 Lincoln MKT is about 17.3 feet long. Its curb weight is 4,702 pounds for models with front-wheel drive, or 4,885 pounds for all-wheel-drive models.

Where Was the 2017 Lincoln MKT Built?

Lincoln manufactured the 2017 MKT in Canada.  

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